Friday, 15 June 2018

Crafty micros

How does everyone get the micros into a specimen tube without losing half of them? I've seen Pooters on line, do you use those or is there another method. I'm getting a bit frustrated with the little blighters escaping before I can get the tube over or slipping out the side of the tube from the egg boxes. All advice gratefully received!

8 comments:

  1. We all lose some, Jane, it's inevitable! If you can offload the trap in a room it helps, if one escapes it will generally head for a window. Having inverted a tube over a moth I generally try to slip a piece of thin card under it, but this isn't always easy when the moth's in an egg box well, as you say. Well done on the Clouded Buff, a lovely creature!

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  2. I always think that losing half the micros is a bonus: saves me hours of worthless effort trying to identify them and failing!

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  3. Ha ha Steve! That's the way I will think in future. It's just so annoying when a strikingly marked moth, one that MUST be identifiable, streaks out under the tube and disappears into the wild blue yonder, leaving me with all the LBJs

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  4. Steve has a very good point! But hey, where are all these strikingly marked moths hiding? Most of mine are various shades of dull grey or brown which makes it a bit easier to bear when they escape.

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  5. I'm just glad to find that everyone else loses moths and isn't as nimble fingered as they'd like to be.

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  6. Try a piece of straw/grass and edge them into the pot.

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  7. Essential pieces of equipment for me are Magnum ice-cream 'sticks', the size and shape of these are ideal for gently slipping under a resting moth to move it. I find that most noctuids, in particular, are not unduly disturbed in the process. The downside is the need to keep a steady supply of Magnums in the freezer (when they're on offer in Tesco) and to consume them regularly.

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  8. I often use my pencil to move moths, but the micros are always so flighty I often lose them, but obviously most people do as well!

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