Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Let there be light!

The primary purpose of a moth trap is...well, obviously, to catch moths. But they can come in handy for other tasks. On Saturday, 3rd December, for example, we're helping launch a group called the Friends of Holy Cross at Shipton-on-Cherwell.  The lovely little church, well known to walkers along the Oxford canal or the circular path via the romantic, ruined manor house of Hampton Gay, will be floodlit at 7.30pm.

Floodlit? Mothtrap-lit, to be more precise, probably with a bit of help from the narrowboats which moor nearby. My top picture is of a successful experiment tonight. On the evening, when it will be later and darker, the effect should be better still (and maybe a little less green. I think that was the camera).

In its workaday role, meanwhile, the trap played host to the two Sprawlers above, one December moth and the fellow at the bottom which I think is a rather battered and careworn Lesser Yellow Underwing. Or is it a Square-spot Rustic? I don't really mind either way.

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