Butterfly of night....
Well we went and did it...
We bought a Skinner Moth Trap.
What with all this warm weather and my recent trip to Rodley Nature reserve to see what moths they had trapped there.
I really wanted to see what moths we had in our garden, last year we built a home made trap and would get a few moths, but this year I was getting none, and a little frustrated.
The white table cloth on the wall was getting more than the trap.
A beautiful moth called Ruby Tiger
and a Map-Winged Swift.
We ordered the trap Wednesday night, it came Friday afternoon and was up and ready on Friday night, the weather was not looking good, storms started moving over, so we decided to pack it away.
Saturday was the longest day, it seem to take ages to go dark, this evening we had moved the trap away from the trees and into the open near the back door, which turned out to be a bit of a mistake, as it got very dark all the moths came out !!! the light from the trap was glowing on the house wall which was filling up with quite a few moths, must say we were getting a little freaked out with the amount that was flying as they would bump or land on you. All the windows had to be shut as they were coming in the house. There just seemed a lot when you are just used to seeing the odd one..
The next morning I was straight out to see what was in the trap,
I had caught less than I thought I would 36 including some Caddis fly, I know it's more than the normal two I've been getting.
In the end it was just as exciting to have this many, as it takes time to go through the egg boxes, take notes and photos. I put the moths ,still attached to the egg boxes in a large box and will let them go to night. They are tucked safely away in the shed, the few that escaped were picked of by the bird!
Here are a few that are new to my garden.
|Varied Coronet (Hadena compta)|
| Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina)|
|Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)|
|Heart and Dart.|
I have had recorded this moth before but it was the most popular moth of the night catching 16
|Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)|
|Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)|
|Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica)|
|Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)|
|Common Footman (Eilema griseola)|
any one who as been thinking about getting one in the past, DO... I know they are a little pricey, but what the heck .
After reading other peoples posts on moths and doing a little reading, I managed to name most of the moths, but have had them on iSpot just in case.