Yes sir, my dad and I finished our DIY moth trap last night and earlier this evening I put it out for an evening session. It’s a Heath trap design, with a 25W black light.

My 25W Blacklight moth trap

Ready for action

Within seconds, I had my first visitors.




There must be about a dozen different species fussing around out there now.

But after nearly an hour and a half…

Rhigognostis incarnatella (Scotch Smudge), 20 March 2012

The Scotch Smudge. It'll never know what a special little moth it was


I first recorded this species in my garden late last year, so it’s nice to see it’s still around. The picture doesn’t show it very well, but it’s one of the more handsome micros. It bustled for a minute on the outside of the trap before zipping off.

It was followed a while later by…

Double-striped Pug, 20 March 2012



This one didn’t enter the trap either – I found it sitting on the lid. A second doublestripe fluttered around the lamp before flying off at 10° to the vertical. So in the end none of the moths actually were ‘caught’. But it was encouraging that they were attracted.

At about 22:15 I made a final check and persuaded the Pugs and flies to leave before switching the lamp off and turning in. The lamp was cool after about five or ten minutes, which I’m relieved about as it does get quite hot.

2012 MOTHS: 4