Saturday, 25 July 2009

Trap Number Two

I've doubled up on moth traps! I now also have this brilliant Robinsons trap, and it is BRILLIANT! It holds the moths so much better than my Skinner-type. Here she is....

She is at least 34 years old, and the bulb hasn't been changed once!

Last night didn't look good for moths, they just didn't seem to be about. Still, this baby caught me 88 moths plus loads of micros.

There were a couple of 'new for the gardens' in the catch...

A V-Pug

Dingy Footman - I had two of these

The rest of the catch was made up of: 11 Common Footmans, 7 Buff Ermines, 6 Riband Waves, 5 Flame Shoulders, 5 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, 4 Common/Lesser Rustics (1 looked good for Lesser), 3 Early Thorns, 3 Buff Arches, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Silver Ys, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Rosy Footmans, 2 Single-dotted Waves, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, 2 Uncertains, 2 Dark Arches, 2 Pug sp. (still to look at them up close!), and singles of: Engrailed, Small Rivulet, Peppered Moth, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger (a nice surprise!), Nut-tree Tussock, Magpie, Willow Beauty, Coronet, Rustic, Common Carpet, Spectacle, Dunbar, Ear Moth sp. and a Carpet sp. (got away before I could snap it!). Amongst the micros were two Mother of Pearls and Small Magpie.

A first for the garden in a much smaller catch the previous night with the Skinner was this...

A Nutmeg

Having a moth break tonight but hope to fire both traps up tomorrow night!

I shall finish this post with the highlight of a very productive ringing session on Colyford Common yesterday...

Common Sandpiper - in fact we caught three of them!


  1. Great Blog Steve,

    I will keep upto date with your Blog as I have wanted to train as a Ringer, and you have THE Moth trap that is on my list, and your results look immpressive.

  2. Thanks John,

    I am a very much looking forward to getting my 'C permit'...whenever that may be!? It will be like passing my driving test all over again, doing it solo - the freedom will be great!

    As for the trap, get one - they are GREAT!

    All the best,

    Steve :)