I won't bother going into details on all aspects of their design, but here are a few useful links to check out if you're thinking about joining the ever growing trend...
- Moth Count- Guide to moth-trapping
- Moth Count- finding moths without a moth trap
- Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies- Moth traps, electrics and other survey equipment
- Paul Batty's cheap moth traps and electrics
- How to build a DIY moth trap
- How to build another DIY moth trap
I first developed an interest in moths after I recording a video of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth that made a brief visit to the garden back in September 2008. I had no idea what it was at the time, but after re-visiting the video in 2009 to try and find out what it was, I was fascinated to discover that it was a long-distance migrant had made its way to the garden all the way from mainland Europe! Of course birds migrate all the time, but a moth migrating? That seemed like madness. The sheer array of different species out there to find tipped me over the edge and in September 2009 I got myself a moth trap.
I've been running a moth trap in my Surrey garden ever since; which last time I checked, looked a little like this...
In January 2012, I treated myself to the big new shiny moth trap that I currently use in the garden (below), replacing an old wooden design I'd made myself (below below).
The garden and surrounding area are pretty habitat-less, and apart from a bit of oak woodland about half a mile away, the only suitable moth magnets in the immediate area are a hazel tree, a few young hawthorn shrubs, a birch trees, a big apple tree, a sycamore, and a few conifer trees.
Being surrounded by housing, as well newly installed extra bright 'eco-friendly' street lights, catches in the garden are never as high as they could be, and certainly no match for traps in more rural locations. Despite this, the garden has reached a total of around 500 species. Notable claims to fame so far have been Surrey and London's first record of the rare immigrant, Jersey Mocha, caught during a period of high migrant activity in August 2011, and the county's first Ethmia quadrillella in August 2013- possibly another migrant. In June 2014, I was lucky enough to catch the 2nd British record of Euchromius cambridgei, pictured below.
Here's a selection of photos of some of the more interesting species to grace the garden...