Wednesday, July 20, 2005

No light required

Its important to remember that the naturalists of the past had no bright lights to attract moths but they still managed to study them using a host of other methods. Among those is the dark art of sugaring, which involves putting out irresistable concoctions generally involving alcoholic, sweet and aromatic substances.

I use dark mollasses dissolved in cheap red wine with a dash of dark rum added at the last minute. I soak strips of absorbent material in the mixture and hang them in a dark part of the garden. As well as the recent Old Lady (Mormo maura) The Herald is another moth I hardly ever get at lights but is at the wine rags every time I use them.

14 moths of 9 species
0977 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana) 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) ab. remutata 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 1
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 3
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 2
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 2
2469 The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix) 2

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

Nikon Coolpix 995

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