Butterfly Conservation receives £10 from the sale of this trap to help them continue their fantastic conservation work.
The NHBS Moth Trap is a lightweight and highly portable trap, tested and approved by Butterfly Conservation.
The trap container is constructed from lightweight plastic panels covered with a light-coloured nylon material and it is easily assembled using velcro. It has two panels that help prevent moths escaping and the trap electrics are supported by a stainless steel frame that is attached to the container walls. This mains powered trap runs a single 20W blacklight bulb (included with the trap) and comes supplied with a 4.5m power lead wired to a standard UK plug. A benefit of these bulbs is that they will not shatter in contact with rain, however, like with every moth trap we would advise against using it adverse weather. When fully assembled the trap measures approximately 30cm wide x 30cm deep x 50cm tall and only weighs around 2kg; much lighter than the typical solid plastic assemblies of other Skinner traps.
The trap comes supplied with a carry bag that you can use to transport and store the trap when not in use. This bag measures approximately 30cm wide and 45cm tall when all trap components are included.
*When operating this trap please take care to not over-tighten the bulb as this can damage the contacts within the bulb holder.*
- NHBS Moth Trap
- NHBS Moth Trap Carry Bag
- NHBS Moth Trap Assembly Instructions
- 20W Sylvania (BL368) Blacklight Bulb x1
For further details, read our 'In the Field' blog post here.
* Material: Polypropylene, industrial nylon, industrial velcro, stainless steel
* Assembled Trap Dimensions: 30 (W) x 30 (D) x 50cm (H)
* Carry Bag Dimensions: 30(W) x 45cm (H)
* Weight: 2kg
* Lead length: 4.5m
* Wired with a standard UK plug
Sylvania Bulb (BL368) specifications:
* Diameter: 38mm
* Length: 178mm
* Voltage: 230V
* Wattage: 20W
* Amperage: 160mA
“The trap is very good, and comparably better in my view than equivalent 20W tube traps on the market currently though I haven’t run comparative studies as such. However, I do regularly run a similar sized black plastic trap with a similar 20W bulb, along with a Robinson 125W mercury vapour trap several metres away, as my standard night time trapping in my garden. Using the NHBS trap in an identical position, the NHBS trap has been surprisingly good, consistently catching more moths than I would expect each time, comparing it with the catches in the black plastic trap.
I like the NHBS Moth trap because it is covered with white nylon, which glows with UV light at night when the light is on. I think this helps attract the moths, and critically, by being fairly light inside the trap itself, the moths readily calm down and rest until morning. I also like the portability of the NHBS trap, and particularly that it doesn’t need a rain shield.
I would definitely recommend this trap.”
Phil Sterling, entomologist at Butterfly Conservation and author of the Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland