Has anyone tried to build a trap for moths and June bugs using a light to attract them? There's an expensive gadget that hangs over a pond and has a spinning weedwacker type gadget to knock them out of the air. My pond doesn't have electricity. I thought that a trap at the house using a light and just capturing bugs to feed later might work. Or maybe a trap using solarlights.
I used to have a couple of 'bug zapper" lights that I would use, but they never seemed to catch that many. Perhaps it was the wrong time of year. And then the bulb burnt out and it was an old thing so it's suddenly way too expensive to replace! But where there is cheap power or solar I think it could really work, especially over a pond where the fish are active all night.....
I found that having a loose soil, with loose leaves covered area (compost pile) for the chickens to pick through satisfied most of their food needs. having a damp area with food scraps decaying to draw in bugs kept them busy scratching all day it seemed. If it seemed like they lost interest I would just rake the area and they would dive in knowing that I stirred up a bunch of critters for them to go after.
I liked the youtube i saw of black fly larvae
that were eggs on rotting fruit who fell onto i don't remember what and after a couple days wriggled up a slight incline to the feeding bucket. (And then tossed to the chickens.
I wanted a pond of bluegills with the black fly cage over it.
The slight incline would have a devider: one path leads to water (fish dinner) and the other to dirt where the larvae get a chance to become flies and breed again.
I wanted bluegill because tilapia won't take the cold. I'm not on property full time so i have not stocked the pond yet.
I do have a goldfish pond with a solar light in a Styrofoam float. I don't know how much that light attracts bugs. Time will tell.
Of course that slight incline with two paths has to have writing on it: "the lady or the tiger".