Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Trapping in the Rain - Again!

Yes, continuous light rain was forecast and duly arrived, but the calm, mild conditions seemed favourable so I put the MV in the greenhouse.  This is not ideal, it's not very big (12'x10') and there's a large vine at the far end which, together with tomato plants and sundry other vegetation gives the moths plenty of scope for hiding themselves.  Nonetheless, there were plenty of them in view when I visited the scene at 0415hrs and no doubt more will appear during the course of the day.  So far, though, there's been plenty of interest and it's nice to report that we've still got the Cloaked Carpet hereabouts:

It was also good to see Sharp-angled Carpet, Beautiful Carpet and Barred Yellow, which I believe is a new record for me here:

Others worthy of mention are Scallop Shell (2), Tawny-barred Angle f.nigrofulvata, Common Emerald, Large Emerald and Small Mottled Willow, all FFYs:

Finally, for now, a small green moth lay dead at the bottom of the trap, very much the worse for wear, but sufficient I think for it to be identified as a Green Oak Tortrix.  Not, unfortunately, the other small green moth that others have been catching!


  1. Cloaked carpet must be your most distinguished regular Chris - well done.
    I`ve been experimenting with a rain shelter for my trap - last night I `jigged` up a big plastic sheet, tied at its corners to a tree, shrub, hedge and a big pole respectively, which kept about 75% of the rain off it. However this `jig` only worked at the bottom end of my garden, where there were objects to tie the sheet to, and where it was more sheltered anyway from the wind and rain (tall thick conifers etc). The experiments will continue...

  2. No skill on my part Ian, I just waited for it to come - which seems to happen at least once every July. I might be tempted to trade one for your Beautiful Hook-tip though, a great-looking moth. Good luck with your efforts to combat rain, I guess an empty greenhouse might be the answer but who can afford to keep one free of edible produce?