Whilst custom-built moth-traps offer the easiest method of recording moths, you do not need to own specialist equipment to take part. Using several of the techniques listed opposite will help diversify your species list.
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Heat the wine and stir in and dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool and soak the lengths of rope. Drape the “wine ropes” over low branches, bushes or fences just before dusk and check for moths by torch-light for the first two hours of darkness.
Ivy blossom offers a useful source of nectar for hungry moths. A dusk visit with a torch may reveal a surprising number of species.
Looking at any flowering plants may produce feeding moths. The spectacular Convolvulus Hawk-moth is particularly attracted to the flowers of Tobacco Plant (Nicotiana) at dusk, where it hovers in front of the flower and uses its 14cm proboscis like a straw to drink the nectar.
It is well known that moths are attracted to lights at night. Specialist moth-traps may be purchased from entomological equipment suppliers, such as those listed in the links section of this site. These use particular types of light to attract moths into a container filled with egg-boxes in which they can rest, unharmed, until the time of release. To find out how to build your own trap visit Atropos and click the garden moths link. You can still record a variety of species at light without a moth-trap by leaving outside and porch lights on after dark. Check lighted windows and lit walls and fences for moths during first two hours of darkness and again in the morning. You can make lit surfaces more attractive by draping a white sheet over them.