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

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Garden moths - 09/06/21

Still ticking over nicely here in my garden, the moths are trickling in at a steady pace for my garden, as the number of species increase on average, 8 per night.
 
But, my garden has always been low on numbers. Even during peak times, my catches are for example 60 moths of 42 species, the gap between species and numbers is mostly a 3/2 ratio.
 
A year first Brown Rustic was a real groggy specimen, not a common moth but just typical as I got another  last night and it was pristine!
 
Small Elephant Hawk-moth was the highlight of the night, so so pretty and again not common.

Again, i've only listed new for year species below due to time constraints.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 123.

09/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
 
Macro Moths
 
Brown Rustic 1 [NFY]
Clouded Silver 1 [NFY]
Common Marbled Carpet 2 [NFY]
Flame Shoulder 1 [NFY]
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 [NFY]
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
 
Bucculatrix ulmella 2 [NFY]
Ephestia sp 1 [NFY]
Parornix sp 1 [NFY]

Brown Rustic

Bucculatrix ulmella

Clouded Silver

Common Marbled Carpet

Ephestia sp

Flame Shoulder

Parornix sp

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Small Elephant Hawk-moth


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