Variegated golden tortrix, Heesch, Netherlands
Our very first LepiLED result! Some background:
We'll soon embark on a trip to Madagascar and would like to do mothing there. However, Madagascar's power grid is sometimes unreliable and/or rationed. Furthermore, being constrained to grid power limits mobility. So we're preparing a mobile solution, which we first tested today in the garden:
There's a cloth, a set of tent poles (consisting of sections so it can fit in luggage), and wires to keep up the cloth. This means we don't need a support structure like a building or tree to set up the cloth. This approach does not tolerate a lot of wind though, but we don't expect that to be a problem. In the case of rain, we do need a sheltered building.
Behind the middle of the cloth is a 3rd pole, where at the top is an iron hinge. From the hinge and a rope, the most important ingredient is placed: LepiLED.
LepiLED has a UV light, green light and white light that supposedly are optimized to attract moths. It is powered by a powerbank, the same one you may use to charge a smartphone on the go. You can put the light in mixed mode or UV-only mode, the latter uses far less energy.
Today's test in the garden was just to put the ingredients together and see if the structure holds up. We live in a low biodiversity urban area with lots of light pollution so the yield will be low no matter the light. Plus, it immediately started to rain yet before breaking down the setup we did get this one moth :)
I can't wait to see what this will do in Madagascar, I'm both excited and nervous about it.