Moth Trap

We made a moth trap to collect moths to look at.

The bucket has a funnel of plastic that the moths fall down, and they go through a largish gap below, but they cant climb out of the bucket. Egg cartons below give the moths somewhere to rest so they dont damage themselves. There are holes in the bottom of the bucket to let any water out.

Moth trap - bucket with plastic cone inside.
Moth trap – bucket with plastic cone inside.
Inside the moth trap - there are pieces of egg carton at the bottom
Inside the moth trap – there are pieces of egg carton at the bottom

 

We set it up beneath an outside light and left it on all night.

Moth trap below an outside light (we later trimmed the plastic cone so it didn't stick up so far).
Moth trap below an outside light – we later trimmed the plastic cone so it didn’t stick up so far.

We found dozens of insects inside the next day, and not just moths. Here are some:

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Epiphryne verriculata

So, a cabbage tree moth. We collected a cabbage tree moth caterpillar and kept if for a while.

Cabbage tree caterpillar (here it is on an acorn leaf, but we fed it on fresh new inner leaves of a cabbage tree)

It spun a cocoon and hatched into a moth.

Cabbage tree moth (Epiphryne verriculata)

Cabbage tree moths have beautiful stripy wings. They are used to camouflage it on the surface of dead cabbage tree leaves.

Butterflies and moths

Selini – a cabage white butterfly I raised.

Cabbage white butterflies are fun to keep, easy to find. They eat cabbages, nasturtiums, broccoli.

Selini, just before her release.

Feed caterpillars on whatever your find them living on – that will be what they eat.

Keep them in a glass container with food, replenishing frequently.

Keep them, to see what comes out. You might find something really interesting! Actually,  you can never find anything really dull in the insect world.

Silver-Y moth that was raised from a caterpillar this summer.