Originally Posted by Jamie Dunning
I have ordered a skinner 125 MTB trap last week which im waiting for!
the past few years ive watched lepidoptera the old fashioned way (with a torch and a net) so obviously im very excited!
so i was just wondering if anyone could give me advice of how many egg cartons to put in and how and where to open a trap in the morning (dont want to loose anything!)
any surggestions of where to open it especially ?
Put as many egg cartons in as you can without obstructing the entrance - you don't want the moths dropping in and bouncing straight out again. When you check the trap do it as soon after dawn as possible and check the outside of the trap and the surrounding area before
turning the light off. Make sure you have a few pots and a net with you. I carry the trap into the garage before emptying it so that I have a good chance of netting anything that tries to escape, but you just have to accept that you will lose some moths - and you will be haunted by the thought that the one moth that flew off as you approached the trap was a garden/county first!
The first few years are the best as nearly every night will bring a new moth and even after that you can never be sure what will turn up, so enjoy your new trap and let us know how you get on!