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Friday, 13 June 2014

Sorry for the radio silence!

I haven't been able to blog for a while - this is why...

I got out of bed at 05:30 last Saturday morning as the rain started to fall.  Half way up the ladder to the outside light I looked at the first two moths – an Elephant Hawkmoth and a Buff Ermine – then FLASH-BANG lightning struck the telephone pole by our house!  20m from where the lightning hit, and with no prior warning, I was standing on a metal ladder.  Lucky to survive I guess…  light, ladder and telephone pole (the left hand one) are shown in the picture.
An hour later, once the storm had passed, I climbed the ladder again to enjoy 31 species of moth including single Waved Carpet (photo), Grey Arches (photo), Broken-barred Carpet (photo), Sharp-angled Peacock, Red-necked Footman, Gold Spot, Slender Brindle, Alder Moth and Ectoedemia albifasciella.



  1. I`d guessed that something big must have happened to put you `out of action` Sam! Glad all was ok in the end. We`ll have to call you `Sparky` from now on!

  2. Yes, sounds as though you were quite fortunate, Sam, an outcome which your fellow Carms mothers must be eternally grateful for. One question though, do you really get all those fantastic moths settling around that innocuous-looking outside light on your house? If so, I'm going to fit the same type of lamp outside my bungalow and give up on the moth traps altogether!

  3. Yes, that's the Cnwc outside light. I don't think there's anything very unusual about it. 30 spp is pretty standard in summer, but equivalent mv trapping would produce 90+ spp so the outside light is just a stop-gap.

  4. Ps I suspect one could fit a blended mv tungsten bulb to any whitewashed wall, but spiders and birds would soon move alongside. I don't think this bulb is mv though.

  5. Herein lies the difference Sam, 30spp would represent a good summer night's trapping here, and I think the best night ever has yielded only 50spp or so. 90 is a pipedream, but I guess that you probably have a greater variety of vegetation around your place than I have here, hence more species of insect. It would still be interesting to know what bulb you have in your light, though, if you've a chance to check it some time. My outside lights currently have low-energy bulbs which are unlikely to attract much, but I might well swap them for something better.