To establish the species found within the Reserve and determine their abundance, we have set up moth traps at dusk to capture and photographically record all the moths found in the Reserve. We started with a Moth Night September 20, 2014, on a cool rainy night and started our list with 22 species. David Beadle has led the moth program and is teaching us the fine art of moth identification. He believes that over time we should be able to identify 1000 species of moths in the Reserve!
On May 23, 2015 we set up the sheets, again it was a little cool, but managed to increase our list to 48 species. Dennis Barry and I confidently set up a moth trap overnight June 13th and were excited to increase our list to almost 100.
Then on June 20th we had our first “full blown” moth night with three sheets and two traps in operation and we attracted over 170 species in one night. It is amazing how diverse and colourful moths are. We now have three traps and four sheets set up when the weather conditions allow and we now have over 400 species on the list, including some very good rare moths.
We hope to cover as much habitat as possible this year and we are determined to reach the 1000 mark.
Keep checking the Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund Facebook Page for dates of our Public Moth Nights and learn about these wonderful insects.