Live Moth trapping with homemade skinner trap and the welfare of moths
Moths are often overlooked and not seen, and you should give them a try. You will be shocked at their beauty, colors, and dramatic shapes and sizes. Doing this will give you an idea of the state of the moth population, allow you to build a database, and give you ideas on flowers and plants for a nature garden. It shouldn't be just about photography!
Building a moth trap is easy. You'll need a box, a reptile UV lamp, a plastic bottle for the starter, egg boxes, cardboard, and an angled slide with a 1-inch gap for the moths to fall into.
It's a great time to head outside, get a chair, and enjoy the show as hundreds of moths soon head towards the trap when dusk falls.
When morning comes, you may have 100 to well over 1,000 moths. Most will not move, so they can be placed in jam jars (with holes in the lids). Inside the jars should be something they can hide in, without which they will try to fly and damage themselves. If possible, have a netted area large enough for you to move about in. A gazebo with a side fly net is perfect. Get something that will suit the moths. Some will like a small bush in a pot, some will love a log or a stone. You will soon find out which species likes certain things.
To photograph the moths, open a jar, take out the item you are using, and tap the moth(s) onto your selected item. Most moths will land and hide, some will fly off. Don't forget to spray a little water on the leaves, log, or whatever you are using. They will soon settle and start drinking or cleaning their antennae.
NOTE: You are dealing with live insects. They will need food inside the trap, such as a shallow dish with water and sugar soaked in a tissue.
NOTE: When finished with the moths, do not let them back into the wild until it's dark. Place them back in the jars or leave them in the netted area. They are vulnerable to birds during the daytime.
DO NOT PLACE THEM IN THE FRIDGE. If you can't look after them, then do not attempt to photograph moths. Their welfare must come first. Enjoy these beautiful and unusual nighttime creatures.
Camera: Use a macro lens and handheld camera (no tripod). Use a ring flash if possible, as it saves time and stress on the moths.
feeding a swallowtail moth
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