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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 in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Essex

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

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A slump in Micro's but a boost for Macro's

Not had much time to trap lately, but did give it a go on Thursday night.
About as warm as it could get for a clear night, with temperatures hovering around 12 degrees, and with little wind.
The trap was a little wet so it had clouded up and rained during the night interestingly.
I had an awful time trying to get to the moths before the birds did. In the Spring it was a problem with Great Tits....now it is Magpies and yes they had a bit of a feast, namely with my second garden Eyed Hawk-moth :( you will remember that my first garden specimen got had by an Orb Web Spider.
I also didn't expect Common Footman and Common Wainscot already, and I am still getting good numbers of Nutmegs, in fact beating Heart & Dart again...but not for not much longer I suspect.

Hope to trap again Sunday night where we may get some warmer more settled weather.

Catch Report - 05/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Flame [NFY]
2x Peppered Moth [NFY]
1x Middle-barred Minor [NFY]
1x Mottled Beauty [NFY]
1x Common Footman [NFY] 
1x Common Wainscot [NFY]
1x Small Dusty Wave [NFY]
1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
1x Clouded Border 
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Large Nutmeg
3x Mottled Rustic
3x Ingrailed Clay
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Garden Carpet
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
2x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Willow Beauty
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
12x Nutmeg
11x Heart & Dart
1x Orange Footman
3x Common Pug
9x Common Swift
1x Light Emerald
6x Vine's Rustic
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Green Silver-lines
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Pale Mottled Willow

Micro Moths 

1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Evergestis forficalis

Small Dusty Wave










Mottled Beauty









Common Wainscot









Common Footman













Eudonia mercurella
 

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