"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Time to Put Away the Moth Trap!

The last two moth trapping sessions have failed to yield any moths!

Friday, 26th October
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Min Temp -0.2 degrees centigrade
Moths 0


Sunday, 4th November
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Min Temp 0.1 degrees centigrade
Moths 0

So unless we get a very mild spell over the next few months I will probably put away the trap until next Spring.

Its been a poor year for moths so roll on next year!


Bennyboymothman said...

Couldn't agree more, it has been a terrible year even in the height of summer, no wonder we are struggling now! leaf-mines are all that are worth it!

Ragged Robin said...

Bennyboymothman Bad year for garden butterflies too - the worst I can remember.

Leafmines look fascinating - I find a lot on bramble leaves when collecting them to feed the stick insects. Am going to try and swot up on micro moths over the winter using the brilliant new "bible"!

Rohrerbot said...

I'm sorry about your research and fun. I hope next year is better. You had so much rain this year. Could that have been the cause?

Ragged Robin said...

Rohrerbot - Thanks. I think the rain must have been a factor plus cool temps. Not too worry hopefully next year will be better :)

ShySongbird said...

Hi Caroline, A year worth writing off all round Nature wise I think....surely next year has to be better!

I meant to say what fun the topiary was on the Rollright post :-)

Ragged Robin said...

ShySongbird Hi Jan - Yes nature wise it has been a really poor year. All of my year lists (birds, moths, flutters) are the lowest I can ever remember them being. Although it has been a good year for wildflowers I think :) Hopefully, next year has to be better!!!

Glad you liked the topiary - it was outside the farmshop/nurseries/cafe - have you been there?