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The Hawk-moths are here!

After some fairly poor catches at the end of May when the winds were northerly and pretty cool things have finally warmed up and catches in the trap have been good for the last week. With having a small garden we don’t trap every night as we don’t want to interfere too much with the […]

National Moth Night

We didn’t hold out much hope for a bumper moth night as we had already had the trap out twice this week – on the 9th and 11th May and had caught precisely nothing. Although it had been warm during the daytime the temperature was due to fall as low as 3′C during the night. […]

North Uist – mothing

One of the things we were excited about was being able to moth trap in a totally different area than the rather built up Hertfordshire town that we currently call home. Our holiday cottage was an old cottage with walls three feet thick and consequently had a deep porch. As the weather was fairly breezy […]

ID challenges – our first week mothing

Well, our first proper night mothing on the 5th April brought us a nice catch. The night had a low of 4′C and the wind dropped to virtually nothing:- 1 Diurnea fagella, 2 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, 1 March Moth, 16 small Quaker, 16 Common Quaker, 4 Clouded Drab, 12 Hebrew Character, 1 Chestnut. Plus 1 Nut-tree Tussock was […]

Birthday present, moths and caterpillars

Well, my birthday present arrived this week – a Robinson type moth trap – purchased from Bioquip and very pleased with it i am too! (Edit: I wouldn’t purchase anything else from Bioquip though, i found their service to be appalling and today, 5th October am still awaiting a net i ordered back in June, […]