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 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

Monday, 1 June 2015

GMS a day late

I decided not to do my Garden Moth Scheme contribution on the Friday as again I wasn't very well.
Feeling better yesterday I decided to run the trap again and get up at stupid 'o'clock to beat the local Blue Tits to the moths.
The day had been fairly average in temperature at around 16 degrees but the night time temperature was set to stay about 10 degrees although with the imminent threat of rain by dawn......would I beat it getting up at 5am?
Nope, unfortunately the outer egg trays got a bit of a soaking but there were some moths, and some new ones for the year again!
Starting with the small stuff I trapped a smart Celypha striana and a less smart Nemapogon cloacella which was new for the garden so that was pleasing indeed.


On the Macro moth front finally I got my first Hawk-moth of the year, my latest ever appearace of a Hawk-moth by nearly 3 weeks! A Poplar Hawk-moth made it in the trap to shelter from the rain. 
Usually by now I would have seen Lime Hawk-moth as well.

So close to the first milestone 100 species for the year at 99 now... 

No pictures as my blogger seems to have packed up :(



Catch Report -  30/05/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Poplar Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Spruce Carpet [NFY]
1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
1x Spectacle [NFY]
3x Common Swift
1x Brown Rustic
5x Vine's Rustic
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Garden Carpet
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
2x Brimstone Moth

1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Heart & Dart

Micro Moths

1x Nemapogon cloacella [NFG]
1x Celypha striana [NFY]
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Celypha striana
 

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