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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!

KEY

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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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Latest from the garden trap - A hefty new for garden moth!

The last two nights I have ran my trap in the garden, as the night time temperatures both nights have been above 8c, not too shabby at all.
It was slim pickings on both nights, and quality over quantity (As it always is early during May here).

On Monday night, the highlight was a really beautiful Cinnabar on the outside egg trays of the trap, which was a new addition for the year list, there were no micros to be found.

Last night however, there were not one, but 4 new for year species, including a new garden species.
I thought I would never get one here, but a Great Prominent was sitting on one of the egg trays inside the Robinson Trap, I almost thought it was a furry mouse that had broke in, as I had forgotten how large they were! This is only my third ever encounter with this large species.
 
It is moth no.760 for the garden.

Tonight looks mild again with lows of around 10c if we keep the cloud cover, the trap will be on once more.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 48.

10/05/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Cinnabar 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 2
Common Quaker 1
Clouded Drab 1
Frosted Green 1
Nut-tree Tussock
 
Micro Moths
 
None Recorded!

11/05/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Great Prominent 1 [NFG] 
Coxcomb Prominent 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 1
Hebrew Character 1
Nut-tree Tussock 3
 
Micro Moths
 
Adela reamurella 2 [NFY] (Female to light & Male daytime)
Evergestis forficalis 1 [NFY]
Elachista apicipunctella 1
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
 
Adela reamurella (Female)

Cinnabar

Evergestis forficalis

Great Prominent


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