I’ve been waiting well over two years to write this post (mostly due to my own procrastination I’ll freely admit), but finally I’ve managed to run a moth trap in our garden. The trap in question is one of my own design, built on a budget with no fancy bulbs or parts, and last night was its very first test. The big question was would it catch anything or would it simply light up the garden for a few hours and annoy the neighbours? To my complete astonishment it turned out to be the former. Caught within was this Chestnut moth or Conista vaccinii for those who like a bit of Latin to spice up their evening.
Now you may say that a single moth haul is not that impressive, but considering the time of year and that last night was rather chilly it’s really a resounding success. In truth I hadn’t expected to catch anything especially as there are still a couple of modifications needed to the trap itself. At least this proves that the core design is sound and I should be raring to go when spring arrives proper. All I need to do now is figure out how to get the lens hood off my camera as the shadow it casts is really making macro photography difficult!