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Friday, 13 May 2011

What a difference a bulb makes.


So the new blacklight arrived and I took the opportunity to test it out in the old trap, and it certainly seems to work, 9 moths in total of six species (looks like a new trap design would still help increase the catch so that will be my next step, a new skinner trap).

All Specie are new to me and the garden (to be expected as I’ve never trapped at this time of year before) but here is the list:
  • Heart + Dart – 3
  • Vines Rustic – 1
  • Bee Moth – 1 (female)
  • Common Pug – 1
  • Common Swift – 1
  • Common Marble Carpet – 2 (of differing forms, which sure confused me)
So the new bulb has started off well, not mind blowing but it is sure more effective than the last, and the night was clear, windy and quite cold, but my next step will be to commission a skinner trap for use.

(this blog is a re-post of the original which seems to have vanished?)

Vines Rustic

Bee Moth (female)

Common Marbled Carpet

Common Marbled Carpet (2nd form)

Common Pug

Common Swift

Common Swift

Heart & Dart

Heart & Dart

Common Swift

Vines Rustic

Heart & Dart
Vines Rustic

6 comments:

  1. Vine's Rustic, Powdered Quaker has finished now, lovely images.

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  3. Hi Bennyboy, The trouble with my ID skills is I still don't have a great book to use (I use quite an old one I picked up years ago) so I rely on the internet to ID my moths (I'm getting there with some and always attempt my own ID). I had the Quaker as a common quaker (all be it a pale one) but was corrected by someone on Back Garden Moths who informed me it was a powdered, it was probably paler than the images posted here show (I think I have a poor quality one that shows the paleness, I'll upload).

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  4. Definitely a Vine's Rustic Ashley, there's a recent photo on my blog to compare:
    http://skevsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/larval-life-garden-trap.html

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  5. Many thanks guys, I'll make the adjustments to the post :)

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  6. Hi Ashley,

    I've been following your recent posts, and I'm glad to see that you've got hold of a bulb so hopefully your catches will go up and up. I'm always amazed at some of the things that turn up in my Derbyshire garden!

    Happy mothing!

    Steve T

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