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Protect Your Moths!

Moths of Pennsylvania

Those of you that are currently employing the light sheet method of catching moths may notice that suddenly your moths are easy prey of birds each morning, if you don't get up at 5 a.m. and move them off the sheet. You may be concerned that all of the moths you attract will be eaten, and thus not want to have your light on. Well, you can't protect them all, but there are ways to make it hard on the birds.
First of all, and easiest of all, you can simply not run the light every night. Just going 2 or 3 at most times a week can disrupt the birds cycle of coming to the sheet for moths every morning. Secondly, you can periodically shift the light and sheet to a different location, also disrupting the birds' pattern. And lastly, you can of course get up earlier than the birds and move all the moths off the sheet, but I would suggest the first two if you are like me and are not a morning person.
By taking these steps, you can help keep all the moths you attract from being eaten each time you turn on the light, and keep the fun involved with mothing.

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