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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!

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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, 18 July 2016

The coldest night's mothing in July..period!

Last Thursday we decided to trap at a new site that we had acquired permission to trap at.
Halsey field is a beautiful looking reserve full to the brim with wildflowers and dense scrub this site has huge potential and we shall be re-visiting it...on a warmer night!
Once we got through the access gates we drove our cars to the edge of the lower field where we would setup 6 traps and see what we could turn up.
The day had been quite warm at 23 degrees but upon arrival the sky was still clear and although cloud was visible in the distance, with the wind dropping it was never going to reach us.
In short, we struggled.
Moths were very slow to all lights and I also ended up smashing one Actinic tube whilst packing away.
By 12am we had very little and the temperature was very cold where gloves and hats were probably needed so it was decided that we pack up all of the traps.
The drama wasn't over. Some burk had parked in front of the access gate, so we had to squeeze our cars through a tiny gap with our wing mirrors pushed in...I probably also woke everyone up in the near vicinity as I bashed back a bramble bush to give us an extra two inches of clearance. 

47 species were recorded in the 2 hours that we ran the lights for, which is pretty poor for peak moth season, in comparison a day later in my garden I managed a similar amount of species to just one trap in a built up location.
So we can 99.9% put it down to the terribly cold weather conditions with a temperature that dipped to a cold 8 degrees.

We will be back Halsey Field!

Catch Report - 14/07/16 - Halsey Field - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 40w Actinic Suitcase Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap

Macro Moths - 35 Species

Barred Yellow 1
Bordered Sallow 5
Brimstone Moth 2
Brown-line Bright-eye 8
Brown-tail 1
Buff Arches 3
Clay 6
Clouded Border 2
Clouded Brindle 1
Common Footman 4
Dark Arches 4
Double Square-spot 3
Dwarf Cream Wave 1
Engrailed 1
Heart & Dart 2
July Highflyer 1
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Light Arches 1
Light Emerald 1
Maple Prominent 1
Mottled Beauty 2
Mottled Rustic 2
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Grey 1
Riband Wave 4
Rustic 2
Scarce Footman 5 
Shaded Broad-bar 10
Short-cloaked Moth 2
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
Smoky Wainscot 5 
Sycamore 1
White Satin Moth 8

Micro Moths - 12 Species

Acentria ephemerella 6
Archips xylosteana 2
Coleophora sp 1
Crambus perlella 1 
Eucosma campoliliana 3
Eucosma cana 5
Eudonia pallida 1
Hedya pruniana 1
Hedya nubiferana 1
Pandemis cerasana
Phycitodes binaevella
Scoparia ambigualis

Bordered Sallow



























Brown-tail











Phycitodes binaevella










Sycamore












Nut-tree Tussock

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