diy skinner moth trap

This was the first trap I made using a collapsable heavy duty crate from B&Q at a cost of £5.98 along with a couple of 25mm electrical conduit equal "T" pieces at £0.48 each and attached using heavy duty velcrose. These are positiond so as to give a suitable slope and 25mm gap when the perspex panels are installed. The insulation/masking tape stuck to the sides of the crate are there to block the preformed holes and prevent moths escaping.

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Two pieces of clear perspex were cut to size by scoring with a Stanley Knife and snapping over the corner of my work surface. The perspex was some I managed to "cadge" from a friendly customer. I have seen other trap designs which utilise pieces of plywood for this purpose. Wether there are any benefits to using either perspex or plywood, I cannot say.

If using the B&Q box the length of the perspex/plywood panels required is 495mm. However, any "box" of a similar size can be used and all that is necessary is for the perspex/plywood panels to be a snug fit.

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For the first trap I made, the electrics were purchased from Paul Batty complete with the batten mounted lamp holder and bulb. The batten was attached to the box using heavy duty velcrose.

For subsequent traps I have made up my own electrical control boxes.

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The trap has been used in my back garden and has proved succesful. A good number of the photographs which appear Macrolepidoptera were taken of moths trapped this way.

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