Friday, 19 March 2021

Back in action


I'm back in action with a stock of spare MV bulbs and it was nice that the one now in use attracted a Pine Beauty last night - the first really appealing moth of the year to my eyes although I appreciate that the Quakers and Drabs have their charms.  I've also had the selection below, whose IDs - left to right, row by row - I believe to be Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, March Moth, Oak Beauty, Small Quaker, Agonopteryx ocellana, Twin-spotted Quaker and a pair of Hebrew Characters.  I hope that I am right, especially on the micro.  I also need to do some double-checking on my fairly large complement of Clouded Drabs to try to work out if any of them are Lead-coloureds. Thanks for all the wisdom on the blog about this.

I am very grateful for the expert advice given about MV lamps after my last post. I now have a screw bulbholder but in the end, I found that general suppliers online still seem to be well-stocked with 3-pin 125 MV bulbs.  The entomological specialists remain doomy about them however, so I'm glad to have enough to last me a while.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon


  1. Hi Martin, I think your Agonopterix is A. arenella . . .

  2. Thanks v much Nigel. I'm sure that you are right. Much appreciated. I've now git to tuckle my next Clouded Drabs to see their antennae. The excitement never ends. All vb Martin


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