Welcome

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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Latest from the garden & work trap and a bonus day-time find!

Is it Summer yet? No seriously... it's less than two weeks until June and it feels morelike the beginning of April out there.
We've certainly been spoilt with warm Springs in recent years, not this one however!

Two more year-listers were added to the tally.

Best of all, I had a brief 20 minute sweeping session in the long grass at the bottom of the Cemetery, mainly targetting micro moths, I got a few Glyphipterix and Nematopogon, and then, what was that in the bottom of the net! Crikey, a Female Muslin Moth, a first for me.
I never thought I would actually ever get to see one, as they rarely (if ever) come to light.

I also found an Orange Sallow caterpillar feeding from Lime in the same area yesterday, not a common moth for me and a caterpillar I have never seen either.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 52.

17/05/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
 
Macro Moths
 
Brimstone Moth 1 [NFY]
Turnip Moth 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 1
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2 

Micro Moths
 
Epiphyas postvittana 1

2x Elachista apicipunctella to MOL lure daytime

17/05/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap 

Garden Carpet 1
Silver Y 1
 
Daytime
 
Muslin Moth 1
Glyphipterix fuscoviridella 2
Nematopogon swammerdamella 4

Muslin Moth - Female whilst sweeping

Garden Carpet

Muslin Moth - Female

Orange Sallow Caterpillar

Turnip Moth


 

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