Sunday, 14 August 2011

2011 Moth Trap and BBQ

A couple of weeks ago we had some friends round to the woods for a night of moth trapping and identification. Before we got started though, it was a really nice day for butterflies too. Here's a Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus):

DSC_8436 Gatekeeper

DSC_8423  Gatekeeper

and a Peacock (Inachis io):
DSC_8412 Peacock butterfly

Before we get on to the moths, there was also this mass of larvae of some sort, found in water that had collected in a wheelbarrow. Any ideas?

While we waited for it to get dark, there was plenty of time for a BBQ and sitting round the camp fire:

The new air supply into the fire pit is working very nicely now:

Here's a view along the pipe:

As dusk approached, we got the moth traps set up. Two of this design:

And this battery powered one which Rod had built - you can examine the moths in it without having to bend down, which is good if you have a bad back!

The other two ran off a generator, as they use 125W each!

Holly thought it would be good to try out the rope swing in the light of the moth trap, which was good fun!

Once a bit of time had passed, we went to check the traps. The light is very bright, so you get this typical posture where everyone has a hand out to block it:

Here's the moths then...

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata)
DSC_8474 "rosy footman" "Miltochrista miniata"

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha)
DSC_8500 "Lymantria monacha" "black arches"

Two Black Arches together:
DSC_8561 "Lymantria monacha" "black arches"

Rosy Footman with Black Arches:
DSC_8511 Rosy Footman and Black Arches

Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)
DSC_8506 "Idaea aversata" "Riband Wave"

Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)
DSC_8516 "Euthrix potatoria" "drinker"

Poplar Grey (Acronicta megacephala)
DSC_8536 "Acronicta megacephala" "Poplar Grey"

One I'm not sure of, despite having a list of those ID'd! Any ideas?

Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)
DSC_8545 "Colocasia coryli" "Nut-tree Tussock"
Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria)
DSC_8548 "Crocallis elinguaria" "Scalloped Oak"

Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)
DSC_8554 "Spilosoma luteum" "Buff Ermine"

There were quite a lot more, but I didn't get photos of them all. You can see photos from past moth traps at our wood at these links:

2008 moth trap
2009 moth trap (starts with a great photo of Black Arches!)

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