I’m popping out… as a… – Mark Avery

… moth-er.

In different phrases I’ve a moth lure and I’m now regularly turning into hooked on moth trapping. How can one resist when there may be the potential for catching moths just like the one above – what a corker! Effectively, that’s the kind of factor that birders say concerning the drabbest of Phylloscopus warblers so I believed I’d say it concerning the well-named Early Moth which comes out early within the yr (Jan-Mar) and this one was my solely seize Solar/Mon night time (and my first moth of 2024).

However that is the kind of moth that lights up a morning – the well-named Merveille du Jour which I had by no means seen till final October.

9 October produced two of those beautiful moths, 10 October one other two (or the identical ones once more?) and 11 October a single.

I’m very very a lot a learner so any suggestions can be gratefully obtained. I’ve a motive for desirous to establish moths however I’ll preserve that to myself for some time. Let’s simply faux I’m the kind of bloke who likes to preserve lists of issues and I used to be sure to alight on moths finally (that may be partly true – however not the entire story sincere!).

It’s enjoyable to start out as a newbie in an space of pure historical past – heaps to study, numerous errors to be made, numerous enjoyable available. At this stage each night time of trapping (I’m solely going to common about as soon as every week by the yr) may effectively produce a lifer!  And I’ve to say that the few fellow moth trappers I’ve met regionally have been very welcoming.


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