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Fifty Species Goal: #4-9

Wow! An awesome run of species ID, here in the House ‘o Squash.

I’ll spare you the photos of all of them, since they’re six moth species, ID’d by the nice people at BAMONA.org. ( If you’re bug sensitive, sit this one out–these are moths, not too scary, more like bits of fuzzy origami, but still.)

#4: Eutrapela clemataria Curved-Toothed Geometer

#5: Phoberia atomaris Common Oak Moth

#6: Acleris flavivittana Masked Leafroller

#7: Pyreferra hesperidago Mustard Sallow

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#8: Iridopsis larvaria Bent-Lined Gray (Is Iridopsis not a lovely word?)

#9: Cladara limitaria Mottled Gray Carpet

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All these moths were attracted to the porch light over the last few warm nights. I am getting in the habit of going out and taking photos (then turning off the porch light, so they can get on with their lives.)

Kevin will occasionally take the dogs out and then inform me there’s a moth I might be interested in. He is a good husband.

If you have the option, I cannot stress highly enough the awesomeness of taking moth photos--it's super easy, the bugs come to you, you submit them to BAMONA.org, they ID them and it helps build a map of what species are found where. I am often appalled by how little information we have--I've literally been the person to submit every moth sighting (except one Luna month) listed for my county. Some of the things that have shown up in my garden are the only one that have ever been listed in the state. It's not that I'm in the middle of a wildlife haven (although I try) it's that there's just no information. And some of this stuff could be really important! If a warm-weather pest extends its range northward because nights are getting warmer earlier, we need to know that stuff!

I'm using an iPhone 5 camera, no specialized equipment.


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When I go to bamona.org, I just get "website not available". Is http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/ the right place?

Awesome fuzzy origami!

Neat thing, BAMONA (Butterflies And Moths Of North America) actually is concerned with all of North America and, from their list of countries they track, parts of Central America and the Caribbean. As a Canadian I've run into far too many organizations that say North America and mean the USA, so this is refreshing. I'd say, "time to limber up the old camera" except that it seems unlikely there are any moths brave and sturdy enough to make their way through the snow outside to be photographed.

(Um... and FWIW I found BAMONA at butterfliesandmoths.org ... the link suggested gave me a server not found error.)

Neat! I think I'll make this a summer project - we're just now starting to hit SPRING up here in Kansas, and we just bought a house in Oct. It'd be pretty cool to track over a few summers as I start turning this lot into actual wildlife habitat, rather than lawn lawn lawn, rose bush, lawn. :P

I never think to document what comes here. Thanks for the reminder that it's important to do so.

I love the name Curved-Toothed Geometer. Looks nice too.

I once heard that LED lights don't attract insects. I haven't tested it myself yet, so I don't know the truth of it. It is also possible it only applies to some kinds of LEDs. It might be worth trying if you want to avoid disturbing insects' night lives.

*howls of glee* YOU'RE ON BAMONA!!! :D

I haven't done much with my account, but I totally got a Grammia parthenice ID'd for me because I could. not. rest. until I knew what it was. They're kind of... noticeable? Yeah, that's a good word for it...

And look at all those pretty moths! :D

I can't believe I'm the only person in my neighborhood who takes pictures of BUGS at NIGHT!

"If you have the option, I cannot stress highly enough the awesomeness of taking moth photos ... "
"I am often appalled by how little information we have--I've literally been the person to submit every moth sighting (except one Luna month) listed for my county."

I want you to say those sentences, out loud. Better yet, record them and play them back to yourself.

Then decide for yourself if those are things that normal people say.

BTW, normality is over-rated. :D

Edited at 2014-03-23 10:04 pm (UTC)

Re: I can't believe I'm the only person in my neighborhood who takes pictures of BUGS at NIGHT!

If it is not, then it should be, the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Re: I can't believe I'm the only person in my neighborhood who takes pictures of BUGS at NIGHT!

Pfff! COOL normal people would say it.

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Re: I can't believe I'm the only person in my neighborhood who takes pictures of BUGS at NIGHT!

Being normal means being at ninety degrees to the rest of reality. This is the only reason I can see for a lot of things called 'normal'.

Apropos of nothing, I really want to cosplay Mothra now.

Lovely moths though the Masked leafroller is conjuring up images of a moth swinging on a chandelier waving a sword (too much Zorro as a kid.).

Iridopsis-- I make that out as "rainbow-eyed," although someone with less dust on their Greek might correct me. Indeed lovely.

Oooh, I shall have to start sending in moth pictures - how awesome! :D

Thanks for sharing your moths with us! As an apartment dweller who has followed your garden saga since the first mulch dump, I enjoy experiencing having a garden vicariously through you.

I'm also a very, very big fan of arthropods, so I love it when you share the multi-legged critters you find in your habitat. Keep them coming, please!

So far this year I have, in my garden, seen one ant, one little black waspy thing, one very sleepy bee, some flat-shelled snails, and a whole bunch of ladybugs that were rudely awakened when I cleared away old leaves (I moved as many as I could find to a shrub where they could be undistubed).
Spring has arrived unusually early here in Sweden, but my gardening fingers are itching and insisting it's still not early enough, dangit!

Wow, the Masked Leafroller is gorgeous!

I found this beautiful creature sitting on the front wall of the house a few years ago. It was the size of my hand! Checking with a couple of entomologist friends suggests that it was a Black Witch Moth.

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Edited at 2014-03-25 04:02 am (UTC)

Nice, like a dark-toned butterfly.

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