Moths And Memories #nature #memories #garden

One thing that brings me back to my childhood is seeing a moth. Dad loved butterflies and moths and at some point in the 1960s bought a second hand moth trap at the Amateur Entomological Exhibition.

Every night, when rain wasn’t forecast because the bulb was so hot it would likely shatter if hit by cold rain, dad put the trap out and in the morning over a cold dawn cuppa would go through the moths that had been attracted by the light and become trapped.

A couple of years ago I bought a new trap, as much to see what a London garden might divulge as to trigger those memories. It’s been so cold and then wet this year that last night I put it out for the first time.

This morning I switched off the light and sifted through the egg boxes to see what had been caught. There were ten moths, not exactly a success but they are still beautiful even if small.

I’ll try again tonight and post some more images. Hopefully as the nights follow the days and warm up the examples will grow.

And meanwhile Tweedledum and Tweedledummer watch on…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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27 Responses to Moths And Memories #nature #memories #garden

  1. Sweet memory and lovely images. I think ten is a great success. 🦋

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  2. They are beautiful Geoff. I remember the large one we had on the boat window.

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  3. This is an interesting hobby, Geoff, moths can be very pretty. Cool hedges.

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  4. Erika says:

    I love both butterflies and moths too. They are such precious artwork of Mother nature.

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  5. Did you cut TweedleDum and Dummer yourself Geoff?

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    I’ve never heard of a moth trap! T and T look like the Easter Island dudes only green.

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  7. Good to see the moths again

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  8. noelleg44 says:

    Moths can be just as beautiful as butterflies. One of yours looks like a fritillary. We routinely found luna moths at our outdoor light at our previous home. They are gorgeous!

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  9. Widdershins says:

    ‘…Tweedledum and Tweedledummer watch on…’ … no doubt confounded by the odd behaviour of their human service providers. 🙂

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  10. Norah says:

    I love Tweedledee and Tweedledummer. I don’t remember noticing them before. The moths are cute too.

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