Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Hiatus

Hey, where did all the moths go?

Seriously, this week I have averaged about a half dozen moths all week and it's the same few; a Dimorphic Gray, a couple Olive-sided Bird-Dropping moths, a couple Exposed Bird-Dropping moths and a few other micro moths I haven't been able to identify.

So, I am taking a break from the blog until things pick back up.  As for the scheduled Moth Night for National Moth Week, unless July turns out to be more promising than June has been it will just be a private event; I don't see any reason for people to come out to look at six little moths.  Check back in early July and see if anything has changed.

Here are a few parting shots.... not of moths, unfortunately.
 Tachypompilus ferrugineus - Superficially similar to the common Red Wasp (Polistes carolina), this solitary wasp hunts spiders.

Differential Grasshopper nymph (Melanoplus differentialis) This grasshopper with its herringbone legs is abundant in our fields right now.  The undeveloped wings show that this grasshopper is not yet full grown.

 Eastern Amberwing female (Perithemis tenera) I have seen these quite frequently down around the pond but the female threw me with the dark wing patches.

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Week 22: The One that Got Away

 The Almost Moth of the Week
When I got to school the other morning I spotted a fairly large Catocala moth sitting on the wall under one of the security lights.  In the midst of another slow week I was glad to see this moth and headed in to grab a specimen jar.  However, before I could get to the door a scrawny little Chipping Sparrow jumped up out of the grass by the wall, grabbed my Catocala moth and took off.

A few luckier moths that I caught before the birds did.

Beloved Emarginea - Emarginea percara (#9718)
Forewing: 8mm
Also reported in Zone 3

Painted Lichen - Hypoprepia fucosa (#8090)
Forewing: 15mm
Also reported in Zones 3,5

Notch-winged Wave - Idaea furciferata (#7108)
Forewing: 7mm
Also reported in Zones 1,3,4

Once Again, Not a Moth
One of my co-workers brought me this one this week and it is too cool not to share.

Eastern Hercules Beetle - Dynastes tityus