Sunday, 9 October 2016

Moth Count

I've been tidying up my moth record on the computer. For what use it is to anyone, I've photographed 45 different moths this year so far. I don't think that's too bad without a trap really. Although I imagine those with traps go in to the 200s at a guess.

5 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

A good do I think without a trap and it's always nice to get photos to i d and look back on to refresh the memory of them !

Last year was my first year mothing with a trap. An interest I had for a long time but never got around to taking it seriously - I think I managed around 115 macros last year though I decided not to go for micro's too seriously at first as found it 'tricky' though I hope to get round to them a bit more - maybe another year ??

It's always a help to have other 'moth-ers' around with more experience for some great 'back up' help.

Gordon Jackson said...

I would have been lost without the open-handed help of other moth-ers. As for micros, I know what you mean about the difficulty with them. Two years ago, Charlie told me that even a lot of experienced moth-ers ignore the micro's. He said some of them seemed to think micros were beneath them.

charlie streets said...

Hi all,
I think since the publication of the two micro guides (Lewington and Manley) micros are becoming more and more accessible to moth-ers in general. Even if you can't always get them down to species level you can take a great deal of satisfaction from narrowing them down to genus level and maybe getting a reasonable shot of them.

AndyC said...


Everyone has a different way of recording every one as important as the other...this is from an old report........


In 1945 a record from Hebden Bridge of a Golden Plusia and Burnished Brass taken at light . It may be noted that 'Light' consisted of an open kitchen window with a 150 watt bulb on a white kitchen table

Gordon Jackson said...

A light bulb on the table! I know some women who would have a fit at inviting moths into the house. Anne for one, she is terrified of them. Still as Andy said, ...many ways of recording, all valid.