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

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A very pleasing weekend catch

An incredibly decent haul for my back garden last night especially in March with 34 moths of 13 species!
The day was very mild at 15 degrees at 3pm and it didn't drop below 11 degrees all night with very little wind and predominantly overcast skies, the scene was set for hopefully some new species to add to my year list.
By 6.30am I wasn't disappointed when I stepped out into the garden and saw moths everywhere, all on the walls and in the trap as well.
Pale Pinion was probably the best of the bunch which I see annually here with one a year from the last 4 years.
The catch comprised of a further 4 new for year species and Hebrew Character was the commonest moth noted with 10 individuals followed closely in second by 7 examples of Agonopterix heracliana.


Catch Report - 11/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Double-striped Pug [NFY]
1x Early Grey [NFY]
1x Engrailed [NFY]
1x Oak Beauty [NFY] 
1x Pale Pinion [NFY]
2x Clouded Drab
5x Common Quaker
10x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
 
Micro Moths

1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
7x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Tortricodes alternella 

Early Grey













Engrailed









Hebrew Character













Oak Beauty













Pale Pinion

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