It has always baffled me why folks spend three to four hundred pounds on a moth trap, when in reality it’s a plastic tub with a light on top! While the state of the art, all singing and dancing moth trap may look the part, in my experience I have found the moths to be less discerning. Just check your porch light or leave the bathroom window open one night with the light on. Light is the attraction and retaining the moths is the key to success.
I have experimented with various methods, scouring the internet for ideas, adopting some and rejecting others but truthfully you can DIY a moth trap for £50. I live on a council estate surrounded by houses and blocks of flats but have still managed to record over 400 species in my back garden. Many dull and uninteresting but many stunning and fascinating. To think as we lie in our beds, the sky around us is alive with activity! If you have the slightest interest in the wonderful world around us, mothing opens up another incredible avenue of observing life.
Moth trap shopping list;
- Plastic storage tub with clip down lid – B&Q £20
- Funnel – Bigger Jugs £10
- Light fittings – Any electrical shop £5
- Arcadia 23w 10% UV reptile bulb – Pet shops
- Perspex vanes (to support bulb above box) – free offcuts from a sign shop
Next month when I’m more organised I’ll write a method with photos on how to construct your moth trap. It’s not difficult and you’ll soon be trapping away in your garden. If anyone requires more detail, I’d be happy to answer your queries. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to Ladywalk then and another good night of trapping on Friday, looking through the catch early Saturday morning. Conditions overnight were a bit breezy, with cloud cover and 7 degrees celsius. We set up the two traps in the usual positions. Numbers were down from last month but a new suite of species were enjoyed, a nice variety. Highlight was probably the Chocolate-tip, so beautiful. A couple of moths went unidentified or at least unsure, so if anyone can help with id, just comment below.
Clouded Border 2, Iron Prominent 4, Chocolate-tip 1, Flame Carpet 1, Hebrew Character 3, Ruddy Streak 1, Pale Pinion 1, Red-green Carpet 1, Coxcomb Prominent 1, Common Pug 2, Light Brown Apple Moth 2, Brindled Beauty 2, Common Quaker 2, Clouded Drab 5, Flame Shoulder 1, Pug sp. 2, Micro sp. 1.