Mothing in the Highlands

For the past few weeks I’ve been regularly getting 25 – 35 moths coming to the Skinner moth trap I set up at Glenmore. This is not a lot of moths compared to some moth-ers, but I only use a low wattage UV bulb since this is running in a public place and the light is in competition with the other bright lights at the campsite, particularly the toilet block lights and white walls.

This is enough moths for me to attempt to ID since I’m new to mothing. After a few months of trapping last summer and again this year, I’m finally getting to recognise some of the species of moths. Last summer it was all I could do to sort the moths into broad categories, but now, having some species come week after week, I feel I’m finally getting to know one or two.  Just a few thousand left to go!

I’m certainly getting a few more moths in the trap this year than last and think this may be due to the plants I chose to go in the large tubs close to where I set up my trap. These include Honeysuckle, Nicotania and Pinks.

Garden Tiger
Garden Tiger

Antler moth
Antler moth

Barred Straw
Barred Straw

Dark marbled carpet
Dark marbled Carpet

Green carpet
Green Carpet

Golden Y
Golden Y

Common Wainscot
Common Wanscot

Large Emerald
Large Emerald

Suspected
Suspected

Poplar Hawk Moth
Poplar Hawk Moth

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2 comments on “Mothing in the Highlands

  1. They’re amazing aren’t they. I think I have the number one item on my Christmas list!
    It looks like the moths stay in the trap until the morning – or do you stay up all night?

  2. When I run the trap I sit it on an old white shower curtain to increase the brightness of the light. I usually get up sometime in the night (I’m sleeping at the camp site in my wee tent)* and switch the trap off if it’s light. I cover the trap with another shower curtain to prevent loss. Most moths will stay in the trap, resting in the egg cartons provided, but a few can escape from this type of trap. The important thing when I get up in the morning is to move the trap to a shaded spot, so they don’t get too hot.

    *I usually stuff a couple of specimen pots in my pockets for night-time visits to the toilets as the bright white harling walls attract the moths too! It doesn’t harm the moths to be in the pots for a couple of hours

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