Moth trap mementos.

Small magpie moth

The City Council has a moth trap which is free to borrow. To give you an idea of what to expect local dad Ben recounted his experience with it recently:

” I have borrowed the moth trap for the last week and run it so far for 5 nights. My household includes my mother so on some nights the age range went from 10 to 85 years old! It’s been great to see how exciting everyone found it. Mainly because you never know what you will get. The weather and location can make a big difference to the number and species you catch. I invited other people to come and see the next morning what we got. (Socially distanced of course). I was amazed at the curiosity, wonder and joy this inspired in them! They couldn’t believe how many there were, the variety, their amazing markings but also the fact that you can look at them very close-up (unlike butterflies for instance). It was fun to find the moth trap intruders too, other creatures that found their way in. Like Wasps, Caddis Flies even water Boatman!”

Older lady with a moth           Elephant hawk moths      Green Silver lines Moth

 

” I would recommend checking the surrounding grass and vegetation for moths that have settled near by but not actually in the trap. Also to use a small paint brush when trying to gently encourage moths into a pot out of harms way. If you can stay up it’s fun watching the moths fly into the trap, you could also combine this with a bat-watch.”

“Lastly watch out for robins when emptying the moths out in the morning, they are quick to learn about moth trap free meals!”

If you would like to borrow the moth trap please contact: Victoria.smith@cambridge.gov.uk

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