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.