LED Moth Trap part 2.

A simple and inexpensive LED light trap for moth recording continued (from Part 1). (January 2019 - updated test results added below) Since posting details of my initial experiments with LED moth traps I have been able to use the traps on many nights and also to compare the catches


Urocerus gigas laying eggs in a Sitka spruce. The first time I had seen one laying in a long while, and the only one I have ever seen in a reasonably accessible location for photography.

Argiope bruennichi

Also known as the wasp spider. This large female was at Park Corner Heath/Vert Wood butterfly reserve in Sussex.

LED Moth Trap

Building a simple and inexpensive LED light trap for moth recording using 12v ultra-violet LED tape. (for an update on this see Part 2) A few years ago I looked into building a light trap using LEDs which were just starting to become available with outputs in the ultra-violet (UV)


Deer-fly (Chrysops sp.) Cors Fochno, Ceredigion. 23rd August 2016. Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens & twin-light macro flash. 1/250th second, f/11, ISO 200.