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Aug 04, 2010 05:59 |  #1

Last night i tested my homemade moth trap and amazingly it worked! I only had it outside for half an hour or 45 minutes but i still caught a couple of what i would describe as medium sized moths. Sadly i am not great at insect ID's which is why i have turned to the macro section! The shots are not the best as i didnt want to faf around with my reversed lens and scare the moths. Sorry for the shallow DOF in advance :lol:

1. I believe this is a july highflyer (do correct me if i'm wrong!)

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2. I think this is a pug moth of sorts but i cannot tell which one, it looks very worn to me.
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Aug 04, 2010 09:15 |  #2

I think you are correct with the first one. Don't have a clue on the second. Moths have to be the most difficult insects to ID. For instance: " The green pug may also be brown, black or grey." So where do you begin?

Congrats on your first attempt.

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Aug 04, 2010 09:27 |  #3

Thanks david, they are indeed very hard to ID! I'll try the trap again tonight , weather permitting, and hopefully get a more successful haul


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Aug 04, 2010 13:29 |  #4

describe your trap




  
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Aug 04, 2010 17:47 |  #5

nice catch!




  
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Aug 04, 2010 18:44 |  #6

dgraham329 wrote in post #10661414 (external link)
describe your trap

It's basically a variant of the "skinner" trap but made with a cardboard box instead of wood and perspex. The bulb i am using is a daylight bulb i had left over from another project. The electrics are not waterproof though so i tape up the join between the light fitting and flex with electrical tape and wrapped the extension plug in several bin bags incase it rained and covered the bulb with a cafetiere. I also fitted an RCD just incase. I know it is not ideal but there is no way that i am going to fork out hundreds of pounds for the professional thing, im not exactly what you would call professional :lol:

BOGDOGMAX, thanks :)


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Aug 05, 2010 00:34 |  #7

Nice captures!


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