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.