Hi All.I am thinking of buying an electric moth trap for my garden,could anyone suggest a make/type that would be good for a novice moth enthusiast. A waterproof one would be best I think,
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Hi Jayne, I've been moth trapping since 2014 & this is my first trap described here on page 3 , or you can start from the beinning, with the ropes soaked in wine/sugar mix. If it looks like rain I put it under a garden plastic table.
I still use the tube now, or you can buy a UV energy saving bulb & hang it in the Ikea laundry basket. Total cost around £25.
If you get really hooked you can buy much more expensive but mine works great & am over 600 species for the garden. Here is an example of the trap running on a old car battery with a 12V UV lamp put in some woods
Plenty to keep me occupied on there.
If you are interested you can ask further questions on the moth thread that Alan has highlighted & Wendy or I will be happy to help, always good to share our passion!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
In reply to Noisette:
I have used my clothes airer with white sheet draped over plus wander light very successfully in the beginning H! Like the idea of using mozzie netting though, could suspend it from shed doorway & drape it around my box with just a smallish opening & the lights would shine through well!
In reply to Jayne Bigiln:
Jayne Bigiln said: Do you use your trap every night?. Regards Jayne.
It's best not to trap every night as it gives the moths time to go off & do whatever they do (eat, reproduce etc), so I limit to no more than every other night.
I agree with Wendy that a simple lead light with UV bulb & white sheet works well. The person I trapped with last night had his bulb mounted on a camera tripod facing upwards, with a white sheet on the ground & netting on a frame around it. The main thing is to buy a bulb & get started. If you start with just a torch & no UV you may be disappointed.
The advantage of the Ikea trap is that you put it up, go to bed, get up just before dawn & have an hour or so fun taking all the photos & seeing what you have, there are a lot of moths that don't turn up until the small hours.
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