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Saturday, 21 September 2019
A 'ornet sat in a 'oller tree, a nasty, spiteful, twud were he!
This handsome creature, along with an unmentionably derisory number of moths, turned up in the Robinson MV trap at its rebirth in Ffairfach last night (Friday 20 September 2019). Poor results were caused by a minor miscalculation on my part relating to the power of the mercury vapour lamp in the Robinson trap.I had boxed in the trap at the back of the garden shed and thus had ensured that neighbours would not have the light shining directly into their windows. The light was, however, still able to attract moths from the nearby woodland. All began well and I soon caught the Hornet shown above. By 22.30, however, it all began to go horribly wrong, for the power of the lamp was brightly illuminating the entire face of the woodland as far as the eye could see! I determined that it would be somewhat churlish towards the neighbours to leave the beast running until dawn, so, somewhat reluctantly, I switched off at 23.00. A swift trip back to the drawing board is now needed (!) and is likely to include the purchase of a new actinic trap of a vastly better specification than the one I used to carry up the mountain. Watch this space, if you are so minded! My memory, such as it is these days, suggests that the last time I saw a Hornet may have been as long as half a century ago, so I was delighted with that. P.S.: I have named the Hornet Hebe, after the Greek godess of youth, so, Hebe is a Shebee!