So far this year I have trapped on three nights, admittedly with poor maximum temperatures (3-4 degrees) and have amassed the grand total of ZERO moths - not even a Light Brown Apple Moth. Meanwhile there are other local lepidopterists happily trapping away and getting results. It's got to the point where I'm switching my bulbs over just in case something is wrong with them!
I have noticed that during the winter it is easier to trap larger numbers of moths, and of a wider range of species, out in the countryside, preferably in woodland. The suburbs just doesn't cut it. My fellow Surrey mothers in Wimbledon are doing well, but they are situated on the edge of the common - I'm sure that if I bordered Banstead Woods I wouldn't be writing this sorry post. But, at this time of year just a small success is exciting, so I will keep switching the MV on and inspecting an empty trap - because, very soon, there will be something in it.
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