This site is in no way intended
to compete with the other excellent moth-related websites already in existence,
but I do hope to provide a good selection of high quality images of as wide a
range of species as possible. Although visitors are welcome to use my images to
help with species identification, I strongly suggest the UKmoths
and Jeff Higgott's UK Lepidoptera
websites, amongst others, as much more comprehensive guides.
first got interested in trapping and photographing moths in August 2003 and bought
a standard 125W Mercury Vapour lamp Skinner trap from the very helpful Anglian
Lepidopterist Supplies and a copy of the excellent 'Field Guide to the Moths
of Great Britain and Ireland' by Waring, Townsend & Lewington to help identify
the trapped moths. Although I have no desire to collect set specimens, I realised
that by using the right camera equipment I would be able to take high quality
images of these fascinating creatures, so I also bought a Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital
camera and started to learn the new discipline of 'macro-photography'.
The new trap was first used in my Ravenstone, North-West Leicestershire garden
in early September 2003 and I was soon catching and trying to identify a wide
variety of species that I never suspected lived in and around my garden (see
Garden List). In order to keep a proper record
of the numbers and species of moth visiting my garden trap, I created this website
which also serves as an easy means of sharing my moth-shots with fellow enthusiasts.
In addition to trapping
at home, I now have a couple of generators and several locally-produced mercury-vapour
light traps based on the Robinson design. I enjoy visiting a wide variety of locations
in search of new species to photograph. In October 2004 I also upgraded the garden
trap to another Robinson-type box-trap. My Trapping
Results include records of all moths trapped, both in my garden and in the
To photograph each moth for the site, I use my original Nikon Coolpix 4500
and a Canon EOS-40D.
I have deliberately chosen to use fairly large
pictures to ensure that each image is crisp and clear, so visitors without a broadband
internet connection will have to be patient I'm afraid.
Keith Tailby - MothShots.com