Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Monday 27 March 2017

Time to fire her up again?

The last time I made any serious attempt at recording the moths that share my space was when Bev and I were staying at Dad's during his final few weeks of June/August 2016. My 125w MV "Robinson Trap" has lain dormant since - nuff sed! It was August 1994 when I first became interested in these night flying denizens and deliberately went about catching them, Benno close at hand - it has it's origins as his school project after all!

Roger Smith and I manufactured this contraption whilst I worked at Ashford - Batchelor's Cuppa Soup factory.
It has seen some some sensational visitors over the years.
Being part of a rather tight knit group of, like-minded, bloggers, it was inevitable that moths would start to feature as the Spring exerted its' influence on our natural history. Checking the egg boxes this morning revealed a small catch of moths, none of which were unexpected. There were 6 Common Quaker, 2 Early Grey, 1 Hebrew Character and a Herald, so a double figure catch on the first night!

I'll be keeping an eye on the weather before I decide to run it again - cold N/E winds aren't the most conducive for producing decent catches.


  1. Winds are due to go round to the south later tomorrow Dyl. Should mean an inward rush of migrant birds.

    1. Anything will be better than this E - N/E dominated run which seems to be good for nothing at this time of year. High pressure and easterlies are probably the worst possible combination for carp fishing, although I will concede that a lack of ability will also have a contribution to my run of dry nets! Hoping all is well? - Dyl

  2. The sheer quantity and variety of moths amazes me.

    1. They are not a group which endears themselves to everyone, but they are fascinating creatures and, as you quite rightly point out, the diversity of species which visit urban - sub-urban gardens over the course of a year is staggering. Well worth any effort. even down to checking around the porch light.
      Take care & tight lines - Dylan