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My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world.
The reason I do it....you never know what you might find when you open up that trap!
I hope to show what different species inhabit our Country by getting people aware of what is out there.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden here in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.

Thanks for looking & happy Mothing!

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NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Friday, 30 April 2021

A car full of cones..

 ..has yielded no emergences so far from any Pine feeding Tortrix moths.
The large box full of Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Cedar of Lebanon and Larch cones, have been in my car for 3 weeks now, to see what may or may not emerge from them.
So far, nothing, but it is early days yet, and possible species such as Cydia conicolana, Cydia illutana and Cydia strobilella are only just coming on the wing.
I've also had some pheremone lures out for illutana & pactolana, with no luck yet.
 
So you can imagine my shock when, as I was watering some Rose bushes at work (Because things are starting to wilt after a drought-like April) I noticed something crawling on the ground next to a Norway Spruce cone, directly under a rather large Norway Spruce tree where the Rose bushes were.
 
I first thought it was a beetle, as it glinted in the hazy sunshine. A scrabble for a pot in my pocket and as soon as I got closer I could see it was one of the species I was hoping to see, Cydia strobilella.
 
This is only my 3rd record, with 2 individuals on the 8th of May 2016 in the far West of the County of Hertfordshire, this time i'm in the far East of the County.
 
A tricky little moth to photograph being quite small and pale, with extremely delicate markings.
 
Bishop's Stortford, East Hertfordshire 
 
Cydia strobilella

 

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