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!


NFY = New Species For The Year
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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

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Sunday, 4 July 2021

2nd for Hertfordshire - Lyonetia prunifoliella

I Trapped once again at Weston Park in North Herts on Thursday (01/07/21) and managed a fairly respectable tally of moths over 4 traps.
Shortly after setting up my 250w Robinson Trap, I was tapping the mature Sloe and Blackthorn bushes to the left of the trap and netted at least 10 Hedya pruniana, and on the the next tap, something smaller left the safety of the foliage.
A quick sweep and it was in the back of the net, potted and inspected in torch light it wasn't the usual Lyoenetia clerkella, but prunifoliella! 
This is a moth I first encountered last year on a day-time wander at Canvey Island, the 5th for Essex at the time.
I did initially think it was a County first, but Simon Knott's 2018 record seems to have not been added to the map!
I still will try for an out of pot shot tomorrow and then I will release it.

Lyonetia prunifoliella


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