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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.

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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Bramfield Woods - Field Trip - 09/05/21

I joined Trevor at Bramfield Woods on Sunday night, after a warmish day of around 18 degrees.
 
The night was threatening rain from the South-west, but with a gentle breeze and no rain whilst setting up, it was either not going to reach us in time, or we would get wet for a long time sat under calm conditions.
The rain, or drizzle in fact, started at around 10.30pm, nearly 2 hours after lights on and made things a bit soggy, by half eleven we started to slowly pack up and finished bang on midnight, just when the deluge came, we couldn't have timed it better!
I still had generator issues, with one playing up again... it might need fully stripping down at some point.
All in all, a really good session and a great variety of moths were recorded albeit in relatively small numbers.
Highlight of the night of course had to go to, at least 15 Gravitarmarta margoratana, which were in all 3 of my traps and one of Trevor's. This is still the only site for this rare moth in Herts, and I believe is in 4 Counties now (Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire and now Essex as of the other day). 

When the weather picks up again, we shall be back.


Catch Report - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 09/05/21 - 6 traps - 2x 250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w Clear MV Trap, 1x MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap

30 Macro Moth species & 27 Micro Moth species - 57 species in total

Macro Moths
 
Angle Shades 1
Barred Hook-tip 2
Brindled Pug 10
Chestnut 2
Common Quaker 4
Coxcomb Prominent 1
Dwarf Pug 5
Engrailed 1
Frosted Green 2
Hebrew Character 2
Pebble Prominent 1
Least Black Arches 5
Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
Lunar Marbled Brown 5
Maiden's Blush 2
Nut-tree Tussock 5
Oak-tree Pug 2
Oak Nycteoline 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Tussock 6
Pebble Hook-tip 3
Pine Beauty 2
Pine Hawk-moth 1
Purple Thorn 2
Scalloped Hook-tip 2
Scorched Carpet 1
Seraphim 1
Spruce Carpet 1
Twin-spotted Quaker 1
Waved Umber 1
Micro Moths Acleris notana/ferrugana 1
Adela reamurella 3
Alucita hexadactyla 2
Carpatolechia proximella 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 12
Elachista argentella 1
Elachista rufocinerea 8
Epinotia immundana 6
Esperia sulphurella 1
Gravitarmarta margoratana 15
Hysterophora maculosana 1
Incurvaria masculella 1
Nematopogon swammerdamella 3
Pammene argyrana 3
Parornix sp 2
Phyllonorycter harrisella 2
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1
Phyllonorycter tenerella 1
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella 1
Phylloporia bistrigella 1
Plutella xylostella 8
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1
Semioscopsis steinkelleriana 3
Stigmella betulicola 1
Syndemis musculana 5
Tinea trinotella 1
 
250w Clar MV Robinson Trap

160w MBT Trap

Carpatolechia proximella

Cochylis atricapitana

Dwarf Pug

Gravitarmata margarotana

Pammene argyrana

Phyllonorycter harrisella

Phylloporia bistrigella

Scalloped Hook-tip

 

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