Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ladies of the Evening: Moth Night

Moth Night:  set up before dark
Ok, I really do not know if these moths are male or female but how can I resist that title?  So you may be wondering what is moth night?   Basically, it is an evening dedicated to studying moths, and by default, other insects that fly into the observation area.   While the set up at the event where these photos were take was on the relatively high tech side as far as such set ups go, you can easily have your own moth night by hanging a light colored cloth over something in your yard and having some sort of light source shine by it.

The event was part of a county study to see how many species of moths are  around and about this particular area.  So while there are people at this event doing real scientific data collecting, there are also people like myself there pointing and saying "Oh, look at this one!"    What is nice is that all participants' comments and observations are welcome because moths are quick and there are so many at any given time that extra eyes really do help those who are collecting the data.

Polygrammate hebraeicum (Hebrew moth)

Pyrrharctia isabella (Isabella Tigermoth)

Epimecis hortaria (Tulip Tree Beauty)

Xanthotype urticaria (False Crocus Geometer)

Desmia funeralis (Grape Leaffolder Moth)

Euchlaena amoenaria (Deep Yellow Euchlaena)

Top to Bottom:  Banasa calva (Green Stink Bug), Melanolophia canadaria
 (Canadian Melanolophia)Lomographa vestaliata (White Spring Moth)
Scopula limboundata (Large Lace Border)

Clydonopteron sacculana (Trumpet Vine Moth)

Addendum to above ~

Since moth night, I have come across some other wonderful moths.  See below:

Hyalophora cecropia  (Cecropia Silkmoth)

Actius Luna (Luna Moth)
Eudryas grata – Beautiful Wood-nymph Moth
Atteva aurea (Ailanthus Webworm)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, these are great. Who knew that moths were so beautiful? And the event sounds like fun.