Butterflies & Moths 2020

  • Noted on the new thread, I only hope this coming year is a bit more fruitful for seeing moths than last year.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • "Hi Haze et al,
    I'm surprised you can catch moths in January (although noted you are in France) My interest in getting a moth trap of my own for the garden has been nudged, especially as it sounds like it may not be just a summer pastime. What would be the season for moth-catching in Dorset would you say? Any thoughts on a good all-weather one for the garden? (I have had a look at the Safari one on NHBS)
    thanks
    RussT"

    I've just copied this from the 2019 thread so we can discuss it on here.

    I can't really recommend a bought trap, as mine is home-made from an Ikea linen basket with a UV bulb inside. It was originally supplied by OPIE & is an "official" type of trap. I've changed the light source over the years but it works well with over 600 species from the garden. It's not waterproof but I have an old garden table that I put over it in case of showers. There are a few details at the start of the 2015 thread here https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/all-creatures/111255/my-moths#pifragment-4285=3 with various other photos from time to time. Th bulb I use now is a Sylvania 20W https://internationallamps.co.uk/product/blacklight-bl368-uv-20w-e27-light-bulb/

    I have friends who moth-trap near Poole who would be able to help you I'm sure. They have a Blog-spot here http://twoowlsbirding.blogspot.com/ which is more about birding but they are retiring soon. You could get in touch via the contact numbers. 

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • That's great, thank you so much!
    RussT
  • A few more of my recent moths

    Pale-brindled Beauty 24 jan

    Spring Usher 26 jan

    Waved Umber 29 jan

    Common Quaker 29 jan

    & one on the rope, way out of season as it doesn't normally arrive until April, Radfords flame 30 jan

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Super stuff H, not started here yet but will soon as nights warm up a tad more ... promise!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • A good collection given the time of year. I suppose there be a very few about here as some nights are already just about holding 7+ C

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    Nige   Flickr

  • I've a rule of thumb, that if it's above, 7°C in the evening it's worth putting the trap out. It's drizzly & 13°C at the moment & I've got 3 moths on the wine rope, one of which flew off as soon as the camera got close, & one which I haven't had yet this year. I did a light trap last night so won't bother tonight.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Gosh

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Gosh doesn't time fly! A flutterby from a few days ago,

    It just wouldn't sit still, but I kept trying

    Good to see the sun too!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • ?? Gosh what H??  What did I miss? ... Now I know! ,ol

    What a beauty but oh so flitty as I remember from last year!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr