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The Trials and Tribulations of making a Skinner Moth Trap.

My son and I started to build a Skinner moth trap in June 2008 from plans that we found on the internet. We only used recycled materials .
The only real expense was incurred was when I picked  up a mercury bulb and socket from the local electrical warehouse. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell me that I also needed a control box to go with it.
I'd like to post pictures of the construction and the results of our first night. Needless to say, I was very excited at the thought of our first night mothing. Since then, we have modified the lamp and thankfully our photographic skills have improved somewhat.

Here are the plans that we followed.

As I mentioned, we soon met up with a spot of bother.
Having built the box and bought the mercury bulb along with a socket, we tried the bulb and it blew straight away.  Unbeknown to me, you can't just plug a mercury vapour bulb in and expect it not to blow. Following this, I started to look at investing in a control unit and a new bulb.
Argh well, you live and learn I supose.

So that the first night wasn't a total loss, we ended up using the trap with a 100 watt energy saving bulb.
I went out to check it that first morning and saw that we had instant success in the form of one or two moths.
The design requires egg boxes to be placed at the bottom of the trap so that any insects that are attracted to the trap have somewhere to hide.  I also saw that we had attracted quite a few cockchaffer beetles and a few small moths.

Here are the pictures of us actually making the trap. I trust that they will be of help to anyone wishing to make their own.

Some of the raw materials. Recycled plywood.

Made into a 40x 40 cm box.

With perspex and a bulb added. The egg boxes are for the moths to hide themselves under after they have entered the trap.

We set it under the trees by the honeysuckle.

The trap was set all night.

I caught loads of moths and cockchaffer beetles.

Finally, here's the link that I used to purchase my second mercury bulb. The results from using these bulbs are far superior to even the brightest of household bulb. They were able to sell me a bulb that didn't need a control box, which was a great saving. The bulb that you need to ask for, is known as a balanced bulb and from memory, ours cost around fourteen pounds or so.;gclid=CJm1uJPR7JMCFQpPQgodGGOvzA

To conclude, here are a series of pictures that I'm extremely proud of. There are some beautiful moths out there that most people never get to see, why not make your own trap ?

I thought at first that a piece of silver birch had been blown into the trap but I was mistaken.

I found this last one amazing and it was only when it moved that it gave itself away.

Have fun.

Those were v. cool Bodger and even though I have heard of moths' camouflage ability that one would have had me fooled too!

Lovely elephant hawk moth bodger. And what a nice buff tip (!). My moth trap needs revamping. I got some privet hawks and poplar hawks but we have had touble with the UV light. I think I will upgrade to an actinic for next year. Love Lizzie

I thought that I'd ressurect this thread.
For the first time in goodness knows how long, the forecast says that its not going to rain tonight. Seeing is believing of course but on the strength of it, I've rooted out the old Skinner trap and I'm going to set it. It will be interesting to see what if anything has survived the floods this summer.
Pictures,but only if they're worth it tomorrow.

A pretty good result.

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