Moth Traps

There are many different types of moth trap bodies and different lights to use with them. Some of these are described here.

Moth Trap Body Options

Heath trap - Collapsible rectangular box with funnel
  • Light and can flat-pack for storage and transport so great when trapping away from habitation.
  • Cheapest trap.
  • Holds fewer moths than the other Skinner or Robinson models.
Skinner trap - Normally collapsible, larger than Heath trap with slot entrance
  • Can catch close to as many moths as a Robinson.
  • Easy to open and observe catch.
  • Some can be collapsed when not in use and for transport.
  • Cheaper than a Robinson trap.
  • Moths sometimes escape once caught. 
  • Can be cumbersome to assemble.
Robinson trap - Large, round, plastic container.
  • Catches large numbers of moths which tend not to escape.
  • Perhaps the most efficient trap.
  • Does not collapse so takes up a lot of room when not in use and to transport.
  • Expensive.
Bucket trap - Medium, round, plastic container – a compromise between Heath and Robinson
  • Can catch higher numbers of moth than a Heath trap.
  • Cheaper than Robinson and lends itself to DIY - See our Budget Bucket Moth Trap
  • Does not collapse so takes up more room than Heath trap although smaller than Robinson. 


Moth Trap Lighting Options

Mercury Vapour (MV)  - High power bulbs with significant UV
  • Attracts highest number of moths.
  • Requires mains electricity or a generator and ballast control gear.
  • EU ban, but still available.
Actinic - Fluorescent Tube bulbs with high UV output
  • Effective, often manufactured for insect control.
  • Various wattages available.
  • Mains or 12v control gear.
  • 12v control gear often drives bulbs at half stated power.
  • 12v control gear being phased out in favour of LED options.
Compact fluorescent - similar to household bulbs, but with high UV output
  • As effective as high power actinics
  • Two types available: Actinic (for insect attraction) and Vivarium (for reptile basking)
  • Reptile type bulb is white with up to 40% UV
  • Mains powered, but can operate from a 12v battery when used with an inverter
LED - In early stages of adoption and understanding
  • Lightweight with many varieties
  • Higher power ones on a par with fluorescent bulbs, but often with different catch composition.
  • Low power lights may be inconsistent in catch success
  • DIY LEDs very cheap - see our LED Strip Light making guide
  • Ready-made ones quite pricey.


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