Happy New Year all!
Same thread as before but a whole year of moth hunting ahead of us. You don't need lots of expensive equipement to set up light traps, a budget of around £20 should be enough, have a look on the old thread HERE or ask again, there is always (almost) someone who knows. Wendy is our surrogate mum & has a house & shed full of caterpillars & pupas & breeding adults!
The moths are still coming to feed on the rope in the garden. All you need is to dissolve 0,5Kg of sugar in 0,5 litres of wine, by gently heating up & stirring. Then pour the mixture into an old pan & put in a natural fibre rope or cord. (Don't put the ends in as it gets messy). Leave to soak a day & hang in the garden from a tree or bush or between posts. Then go back just after dark & see who's feeding. I tend to pop out about every half hour until bedtime. Then the fun starts as you try to get the camera settings right for the photos. The rope tends to work for about 3 days & then needs redipping during the day before the 4th night. Here are some "library pictures"
My rope is now a lot shorter as I only have 1 tree & just loop it from one low branch, it needs to be about 4ft from the ground. Here is one from 30 December, a Chestnut
Everone is welcome!
Thanks Nigel, it's not a big moth but has lovely colours & markings & if you're doing a live trap they come hurtling in at speed quite early on & are very impressive.
Yep, the December moth does look a fine moth.
Yes last night was my "window" of opportunity, weather not too good here either.
Has worked fine H ... super envious of your December Moth, one I really wanted to see ''live' but no traps here for a while as some really dodgy weather! Wet again tonight! Grrrrrrrr
Sorry Wendy, your post got lost on the forum!! I loved his writing style & as you say, very interesting. There are other stories on the same link but I haven't got around to reading them yet.
I had 2 traps last night as it was dryish & warmish!
At home I had 6 species including a rather worn "Gem"
& then went off to empty the other & found around 30 moths of 9 species. My favorite was the December Moth which was my reason for putting the trap in the woods
a Feathered Thorn
loads of Mottled Umber
& I'll put the rest on if this lot works. Fingers crossed!
Piece of cake !LOL Photos a bit big though.
Also had a Green Brindled Crescent
thats a better size 650-0
& a Sprawler
That's the best of them!
At long last I have read Jean-Henri's experiments with Great Peacock moths .... how very interesting!
Gee thanks H, missing the moths already!
It's one you don't get (yet) but is slowly moving north. No English name . Glad it works on your tablet, I just get the standard size on the computer. Oh well, I'll post some more later, just for you! LOL
Can see it fine & well on my tablet H, expands to fit 10"x8" screen! Have had Chestnuts this year but don't recognise that name?
Oh well I've just spotted the new reduced size for photos (320 x 240) so will try this from this morning
EDIT Can hardly see the photo even when it's clicked on ! Big disappointement!
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