Eglinton Moths

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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:43 pm

Hi Ron,

putting the trap out once a week or so right through winter might catch a few moths. Its worth a try anyway,

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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:59 pm

Hi everybody,

temperature was about 10-11C last night, and this morning a male December Moth, and a micro - Agonopterix heracliana.

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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby ron » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:29 am

Hi Alistair
Nice to see you are having success, what trap are you using.
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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:26 pm

Hi Ron,

the trap is a kind of home made Skinner type with a mains powered 125W mercury vapour bulb. I have kept setting the trap just to see what turns up. I am intrigued by these late season moths. I wonder what the advantage is of adults emerging when there is no (or little) flowers for nectar. It turns out that December moth does not feed anyway.

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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby IainH » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:50 am

Hi Alistair,

It is a lot more rewarding (and a bit surreal) having something in your trap at this time of year than in summer. If you do keep trapping through December, then I’m guessing that it’s only a matter of time until you get a Winter Moth or Northern Winter Moth. In winter, apparently, moths sometimes display a greater tendency to sit on the outside of the trap rather than venture in.

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Re: Eglinton Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:53 pm

Hi Iain,

I better have a look round the trap before I open it. Feels coldish tonight but put it out anyway. I have a kind of rule of thumb that if I get nil on three consecutive trapping sessions I will give it up for a bit- and it hasn't happened yet, but I'm not trapping every night,

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