Moths and Moth Traps

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

Moths come in all sizes and types, micro moths, macro moths, day flying, night flying etc. I regularly see them on my walks and manage a few photos of them. However, bit difficult at night so I’ve bought my own moth trap, called a Woodland Heath Trap.



The power for the light is a 12 volt battery which means its quite portable and can be  used around Wimpole Estate. With a bit of imagination and advice from someone like Maplins I’m sure I could convert it to operate from a mains supply in my garden mains.

On my first attempt at using the trap it was a chilly night and I caught 3. One escaped before identification, but the other two were an Ermine moth and a Hebrew Character moth.

Ermine Moth Ermine Moth

Hebrew Character Hebrew Character

The second outing I found four, again one escaped but here are the others

Common Swift Moth Common Swift…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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