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Monday, 25 February 2013

Trap in action

My trap is out again tonight (not that the weather looks good, just the last night I can try till next week due to work), so I thought I would take the chance to grab a photo or two of it in action as they say (Needed a photo for my 365 Project anyway).



So there she is in all her glory (she is now stood on a white sheet/shower curtain, hoping it improve sthe catch).

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Finally a moth!

After a few blanks with the new trap finally last night produced a moth. Just the one but still I'm pretty excited hopefully this will be the first of many more.

Over night the weather was clear and cold (there was even a light frost) but that didn't stop me catching my first moth with the new trap, and the first moth at my new address.

1. The Chestnut (NFM)

Not only that but, as predicted it being winter, it was also a new moth for me.

I'm pretty sure it is just a normal rather than a dark chestnut as the end of the wings appear quite flat rather than having the slight S bend in them, although it did appear quite dark at first.

The Chestnut

The Chestnut       

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Blank

Well the weather wasn't great last night in fact the only thing I found in my trap was about an inch of snow on the rain guard and some soggy egg boxes. I kind of though this would be the case when the snow started in the afternoon but I just want to get catching with the new trap (too eager).

Anyway it is out again tonight so I hope there may be one or two moths to see tomorrow morning (I don't expect much but the low catches will prepare me for bigger to come in the summer, I hope). The chances are that any moth caught at this time of year will be new to me as well so always worth the effort (not that it is one).

Oh and I hope to update my species list on here tonight while at work (shh don't tell the boss). It is important to remember that the list is my total of moths ever as I have now trapped (or attempted it) in three gardens and have seen some cracking moths at other places (Deaths head and Convulvulus Hawk moth on the Isles of Scilly, Elephant Hawk moth at Minsmere, all before I really started to have an interest in moths there could have been some real rarities at both that I took no interest in).

Thursday, 7 February 2013

New Trap

The new moth trap arrived today (despite only being ordered Tuesday and sent out yesterday), it is set up (with an actinic bulb although I have an MBT bulb to use over the summer as it can take both). I have just put it out ready for dark to run for a couple of hours before bed. I would love to have run it overnight but alas I have work tomorrow morning (need to be out the door by 6am). I'm not expecting huge numbers yet (it is only Feb after all) but hopefully as it isn't windy (although it is chilly) a few I haven't seen will turn up.

Anyway I can highly recommend (or rather my other half can, as it was a birthday present) dealing with Paul Batty he gave her expert advice and was really charming and pleasant to deal with. The trap looks great was easy to set up and hopefully will allow me some great catches.

Incidentally I now think the hole in my old trap may have been way too large, which is why I didn't catch much.

Oh and on a more personal note anyone interested in my moth photography I have an article on Photographing Macro Moths on fatphotographer which some of you may like?

I hope to have loads more updates now over the coming months/years.

Monday, 4 February 2013

It's been a while

Been a long time since posts and no moth news still, but with my birthday coming up (wednesday) I've convinced my beautiful lady to get me a new trap (looking at a portable actinic that folds up into a case, so may get some moths from other places than the garden).

Hopefully I'll be able to get catching before the end of the month, I've really missed it.