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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Friday

Good night with 36 macro species trapped and around trap. New ones for me included White-spotted Pug, Treble Bar and Pebble Hook Tip. Interestingly I had two wasps but they didn't bother me and eventually just flew off.  Chris - I had a Chevron on previous week's trapping!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Sally, I saw your comment to my blog this morning. Pebble Tip is interesting, I hadn't seen one before this year but have had several in the last couple of weeks. Re the wasps, were you using an MV trap? They don't seem interested in my actinic lamps. Their nuisance value is that once in the trap they buzz around and disturb the resting moths!

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  2. Wasps' nuisance value is greater than that: if you leave a trap too late in the morning and the wasps in it wake up, they'll eat the entire catch! They strip the wings off the moths and fly back to the wasp nest with the bodies, coming back again and again. Most depressing!

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  3. I had 13 wasps in my trap yesterday morning - luckily I got there before they'd really woken up so the only victim I found was a mutilated ruby tiger (not much consolation for him though)!

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  4. I use home made Skinner type trap. Never noticed wasps in it before and I was not aware they ate moths! I empty the trap before it gets light so that should minimise risk. The two I had in my trap were quite calm and did not cause much disturbance to the other moths but now I know I will be more careful in the future. Interestingly I trod on a wasp nest this am when pulling bracken. Before I realised I had around 30 all over my trousers trying hard to sting but failing (all seemed letharigic) and I managed to get them off. Thankfully I was only stung once - on my arm - one got up my sleeve! Wasps are good as they eat a lot of pests early in the season but once they become a nuisance and start dying (around now) I am happy to kill them.

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