I’m popping out… as a… – Mark Avery

… moth-er.

In different phrases I’ve a moth entice and I’m now regularly changing 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! Properly, that’s the kind of factor that birders say concerning the drabbest of Phylloscopus warblers so I assumed I’d say it concerning the well-named Early Moth which comes out early within the 12 months (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 gorgeous 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 will probably be gratefully obtained. I’ve a purpose for desirous to establish moths however I’ll hold that to myself for some time. Let’s simply fake I’m the kind of bloke who likes to hold lists of issues and I used to be certain to alight on moths ultimately (that is likely to be partly true – however not the entire story sincere!).

It’s enjoyable to begin as a newbie in an space of pure historical past – tons to be taught, a lot of errors to be made, a lot of enjoyable available. At this stage each night time of trapping (I’m solely going to common about as soon as every week by way of the 12 months) may properly produce a lifer!  And I’ve to say that the few fellow moth trappers I’ve met domestically have been very welcoming.


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