Monday, October 22, 2007

Came to sponge with sugar mix

I thought it looked familiar...-Green Cloverworm Moth-Plathypena scabra
Thanks to Bob Patterson!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

And on the third night...the sugar was still holding up

Had the ingredients, but didn't have the time to mix up a new batch of sugaring mixture.
So, off I went to see how effective the bait would be on the third night of application.
Within 30 minutes of sunset, a few moths started to arrive.
These are the photos I got (look like more Sallows? I will make further attempts to ID soon).
IDing these moths is not as easy as one would think. Even with the incredible resources available at:
It seems akin to trying to ID songbirds during Fall migration. Or Similar to trying to ID Sparrows AKA "Little brown jobs". Thankfully, there are some great Web sites out there that are a tremendous help. I will continue to put in a modest effort to ID them, but please forgive the fact that most are unidentified.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

1st Time out sugaring along a trail

Sunira bicolorago - Bicolored Sallow

This was my first real sugaring excursion, which took place on Sat. Oct. 13th at Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY. The 1 pint container of sugaring mix was only enough to paint 8X8" patches on about 8 or 9 trees. Moths arrived about 15 minutes after sunset. I couldn't make it back on Sun.
: ( The bait was probably most effective on that night - But, I did return on Mon. evening; to see if baited trees really do retain their attraction up to 3 days. Log entry for Monday's activities will follow this one.

Friday, October 5, 2007

New one enjoying the sugar

Placed one sugaring tray out last night. Checked it pretty frequently, from 7-10 PM. No visitors.

I happened to get up at around 5AM, checked the bait - nothing. In a last ditch effort, I decided to turn the 4 watt Black light on, placed right near the sugar - And, in LESS THAN 10 Min, this guy appeared:

I was only able to get a few shots, through the window - upon opening the window, it took off.

Came to 4W BLB

No ID yet

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Came to 4 watt Black light

Explicit Arches Moth -- Lacinipolia explicata

I've attempted to ID using field guides & the Web - Thanks to the incredible mothphotographersgroup website (, I've been able to ID the moth above. It is:
Yellow-headed Monopis Moth - Monopis sp. nr. monochella

Monday, September 17, 2007

A few photos from Long Island - More to follow

Spent the weekend at my Sister-in-law/Brother-in-law's house in L.I. this weekend. Was expecting a lot more photo opportunities, but they recently reduced their flower population by 50% : ( I was disappointed, to say the least.
Anyway here are some pics that I got through persistence- Leafhoppers. More to follow (some decent Skipper pics)

Thank you

My Sincere thanks to Hugh McGinness and Bob Nuelle Jr. for their great posts and comments.
Very informative. Thanks very much to Hugh for the ID's. Thanks Bob, I was very close to buying a bulb from:; your recent comment was the "clincher" for me.

Best Regards,


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday, September 8, 2007

The two moths that came to 4 watt black light tonight

Put sugaring "trays" out at 8 PM

No moths came to sugar yet (it's 12:35 AM now). Did get a couple of small moths to come to the black light earlier. Conditions seem good (warm, humid, overcast, etc.) but, haven't seen an abundance of moths around tonight. I check the streetlights several times each evening.
Not easy IDing these moths with the Peterson guide. The recently acquired 'A Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America' by Charles Covell Jr. seems to be the exact same field guide -but at three times the price of the Peterson guide! :(
Must find a good guide in the future. Preferably with images of the moths at rest.
...with red flashlight in hand, I'm off to check the bait "traps"...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sept. 8th 2007 1:00 AM

Sugaring was successful again. Didn't look up this moth yet, but I will soon. It's too bad that the photo aspect is lost when "shrinking to fit" on this page. Looks a bit out of proportion. I just find it amazing that I've attracted a second type of moth using the sugaring technique on my window sill. Using a slightly different method, will elaborate on a future post..
Tried black light for a short time, no good results. I thought I saw a baby mantid on the light - not sure if they'd be attracted to UV? But if it was - that would have been cool. I've kept mantids as pets before.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

No new moths to report (yet)...

Have been sugaring and "blacklighting" the window sills pretty regularly - but alas, no new moths to report. Weather conditions haven't been exactly perfect lately. Too windy, and/or cool.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

I'm fairly new to "Mothing"

I can use some help in identifying these moths. My current field guides aren't the best.
Please feel free to post identifications of these moths.