Tag Archive: Hebrew Character


Common Quaker

Hebrew Character

Two wee beauties from Sunday night’s and last night’s trappings respectively, my first two successful trappings of the year.

The WB100 is earning its stripes! Click on the photos to view them in high-res on Flickr.

More about them on the Log.

Common Quaker and Hebrew Character bring the year list to…
2013 MOTHS: 10


The usual moth craic

Endrosis sarcitrella, 5 Apr 2012


Due to a run of cold or wet nights recently, I haven’t been putting my moth trap out. But last night didn’t seem too bad, so I decided to give it a whizz. As I was finishing setting up, I looked at the lit kitchen window and found two White-shouldered House Moths, Endrosis sarcitrella (this photo from my trapping session on 5-6 Apr). Now, I realise most people are not fond of clothes moths (even some moth enthusiasts squish them) and I can understand why. But even though it’s like counting feral pigeons on your bird transect, I record all the WSHMs anyway. It gives a more accurate picture of how frequently I see different species.

I realised just now that I haven’t actually taken time to explain my rationale behind moth trapping. In fact, I haven’t actually explained how it works!

The key thing is, insects, including most moths, are attracted to light, especially UV light. (Why that doesn’t make them fly towards the sun all the time is beyond me. Furthermore, scientists don’t have a definitive answer to why they are attracted to light at all.) So if you want to find out what moths are in your garden, you can set up a UV lamp with some kind of container that the moths will fall into when they bump into the lamp.

The moth trap I built was based on a design by a local Butterfly Conservation branch member. Instructions for building it can be found on the BCNI Resources page.

Oh yes. What did I find in the trap this morning?


Sorry if the suspense is killing you, because all there was was…

Hebrew Character: 1!

Hebrew Character, 29 Apr 2012

If I don't be creative with these Hebrew Character photographs they will take over the blog.

‘Twas Aprillig

I’ll let the slithy toves do the gyring and gimbling. Here are some photos from my weekend jabberwocking.

Our front garden

Kiss my tulips.


Hebrew Character (released from trap), 1 Apr 2012

I put the trap out again over Saturday night and got another two Hebrew Characters, both fresh specimens, and both actually inside the trap!


Speckled Wood, Murlough, 1 Apr 2012

My first Speckie of the year, in Murlough on Sunday.


Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Apr 2012

Finally - a decent Small Tort photo. None of this faffing around in trees business.


Shoulder Stripe, Murlough, 1 Apr 2012

I had my net with me this time when I went dusking in Murlough, and found a few of this species: Shouder Stripe. A new tick for me. Double-striped Pugs as well... all the Stripes.


Mother of Pearl or Small Magpie caterpillar (captive, project 13A), 1 Apr 2012

Ah yes. As well as Lesley, I've got a nettle leafroller that I'm keeping inside as well. It's most likely Mother of Pearl, but possibly Small Magpie.


2012 MOTHS: 6, 2L
  2012 new ticks: 4
  life list: 140 

Species study 13, project B: unidentified Pyralid

A proper catch

Hebrew Character, 24 Mar 2012

My First Alphabet

I put the moth trap out for its first all-night spin over Friday night. When I checked on the trap in the morning I found it covered in dew. Opening it up I found the expected infantry of flies… and then, crouching in the corner of an egg crate, the first moth to actually come into my trap.

It was a Hebrew Character, a new ‘tick’ for me. Judging by the feathery antennae, I’d say it was a male.

As I cleared up the trap, I found a second, rather bedraggled-looking Hebrew Character, sitting on the grass at the edge of the old shower curtain which I had laid out as a groundsheet.

Hebrew Character, 24 Mar 2012


Quite cool.

2012 MOTHS: 5
life list: 138