Like last year, we’ll be profiling some NMW events and light set-ups here on the blog. It’s interesting to get a look at some other mothing set-ups to see what others are doing to attract moths.
First up, we’ll take a took at Carl Barrentine’s set up. If you remember, Dr. Barrentine is running a series of NMW events in North Dakota, and we’re thrilled to have him on board. Here’s how he moths.
Carl Barrentine’s setup: 160 watt MV-equipped light trap set on a horizontal sheet, and twin 40 watt UV lights that are on the horizontal sheet but aimed upward at the vertical sheet. The plastic bags contain 15-ml test tubes (for containing smaller moths) and two sizes of plastic pots (for larger moths). Captured moths are stored in the insulated cooler, which contains a zip-lock bag with ice beneath a layer of crumpled paper. The cooler provides a dark and cool shelter that helps to ‘quiet’ active moths.
Here’s the two-sheet light set-up in action:
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