I did go out the following day but sadly without any success whatsoever but today I went to Silchester Common with its heathland and Birch trees.
No Emporer moths were attracted so desperation is creeping in but I did attract my first ever male Large Red-belted Clearwing which was one heck of a buzz albeit the moth was somewhat worn.
I didnt expect the moth to settle but it did peruse the pheromone for about 12-15 seconds which was long enough to get a record shot.Its a start as there will be other trips doing the same.
Clearwings are the Wasp mimics of the Sesiidae family.
Pheromones are a chemical factor that are produced by the female to attract the male for reasons I do not need to explain.
They are delivered with the chemical impregnated into the small orange bung you can see in the net
On the way home I did a quick look into Odiham Common and found my little Cocksfoot Moth busily feeding from the pollen of the common lawn Daisy so I tried some shots in the sun and just had a little fun.
With other pheromones for the Clearwings I hope to tell you all about success before the end of the season. Most fly in May through to July so watch this space as they say.
The trap has been very poor with no moths at all last night and only 6 Cockchafers.
I hope for better tonight as the following week is not looking too friendly.