Saturday 11 June 2016

Loads of Moths & Midges

We set our three usual traps last night and were rewarded with a bumper 61 macro species. Going out to check them at midnight was a night to remember as clouds of midges disregarded Avon's Skin So Soft and came in for the blood. For the National Moth Night target we had just three Poplar Hawkmoths.  Included in the catch we were delighted to have our very first Shoulder-striped Wainscot and a pristine Purple Clay.

Carolyn & Evan
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Purple Clay


  1. I've been trialling the relatively new Smidge anti-midge spray up here in Sutherland and I think it actually works better than Skin-so-soft. I presume you used the correct original formula Skin-so-soft, the newer versions lack the citronella. Smidge retails up here at £6.99 for a 75ml can and claims 8 hour protection. The trap has produced about a 1cm depth of midges each morning, so it's well tested!

  2. Many thanks for the advice. We did see it for sale on Rum and if it works there it must be good. In a perverse way I was pleased to see the midges as we have had very low numbers for the last year or so. Perhaps our river has finally recovered from the scouring it had a few years back.


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