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Variegated golden tortrix, Heesch, Netherlands Our very first LepiLED result! Some background:<br />
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We&#039;ll soon embark on a trip to Madagascar and would like to do mothing there. However, Madagascar&#039;s power grid is sometimes unreliable and/or rationed. Furthermore, being constrained to grid power limits mobility. So we&#039;re preparing a mobile solution, which we first tested today in the garden:<br />
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There&#039;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&#039;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&#039;t expect that to be a problem. In the case of rain, we do need a sheltered building.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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Today&#039;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 :)<br />
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I can&#039;t wait to see what this will do in Madagascar, I&#039;m both excited and nervous about it. Archips xylosteana,Europe,Heesch,LepiLED,Moths,Netherlands,Variegated golden tortrix,World,the Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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:

https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/62605654_10157273853467692_1920029219455238144_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-amt2-1.xx&oh=cf47161fdb7c46dff691e504be847ca1&oe=5D835539

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.

    comments (9)

  1. Yay, you tested it out! Was it easy to set-up? I can't wait to see what you find in Madagascar! Posted 2 months ago
    1. We're still a bit clumsy with the poles and wires but I'm thinking with some practice it's a 10 minute job. Which is no concern where we are going, life is slooooooow there, and we can start setting up before it gets dark. It's less common to do night tours in Madagascar (and not allowed inside national parks), so hoping this is a productive alternative :) Posted 2 months ago
      1. Nice! Are there any creatures that you haven't already seen in Madagascar that you're hoping to spot this time? Posted 2 months ago
        1. Tricky. Hoping? Yes, in any category. But likely your question is which ones?

          To be honest, I have no idea. As always, I will come ill prepared. Meaning, without many targets. I do have a birds book and lemur guide. We'll of course try the mothing, and for the rest I'll just keep an open mind to anything.

          One that is on top of my list is the aye-aye, the most epic lemur. We're attending a place where there's a chance to maybe see one, even though it's not 100% natural (lured by food).

          It's not going to be comparable to the Colombia trips when it comes to new species. The guides are relatively poorly skilled, above all trained in the big attractions (lemurs and chameleons). It's going to be a big step backwards in that regard and as a result I'm expecting less photos and species.

          I don't mean that as negative as it sounds, it's just that the Colombia 2018 standard we set is absurdly high as it comes to productivity. It was a maximum biodiversity habitat, incredible guides, and maximum time spent in the field. A thrilling combination that will be comparatively less in Madagascar. Less biodiversity, lesser guides, less hikes.

          Mothing may be a way to somewhat counter that, or so I hope. I'll also try to do some more daytime macro (as usually the focus is on bigger wildlife).

          Where I don't expect insane levels of biodiversity in our set to-be, for Madagascar the key thing for me to remember is that its biology is unique. 90% of wildlife is endemic. It is biologically the most unique place on the planet. So in a way, there's MANY opportunities for species not seen before, even if "just" a plant.

          In other words, I have no idea what will happen :)

          And then there's Ecuador 2020 as a plan :)

          In any case we'll try our best!
          Posted 2 months ago
          1. After Colombia, I’d imagine it will be difficult to adjust to most other trips. But, Ecuador, that will be incredible ❤️. Posted 2 months ago
            1. Absolutely, that's the only downside of Colombia, it's such a biodiversity peak that anything else fails to live up to that experience. In quantity that is.

              Although surely some rain forests in Asia may come close or match it, maybe Borneo. Perhaps also Central/West Africa like the Congo, but too unsafe, which breaks my heart.
              Posted 2 months ago
              1. The Congo Basin would be amazing! Posted 2 months ago
                1. Oh yes, but I'm afraid to read more about it. Once every few months, I do a secret "is it safe yet" stroll on the web as it comes to Congo. My last time, I ended up on a national park's blog. The first 10 or so posts from that blog were "in memorial" posts of yet another ranger killed by rebels. Posted 2 months ago
                  1. Eek. Hopefully the situation there will change before the biodiversity and people suffer further. Posted one month ago

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''Archips xylosteana'', the variegated golden tortrix or brown oak tortrix, is a moth of the family Tortricidae.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
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Uploaded Jun 14, 2019. Captured Jun 14, 2019 15:36.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm