Another Moth Profile

I have been doing some ‘scouting’ for National Moth Week recently.  Basically, I am setting up a blacklight and see what turns up.  Last night the star of the show was Norape tenera.  Dozens of them showed up at the light.  So, it seemed a good time to talk about these moths a little bit. […]

A Moth for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, I offer this little tidbit on a wonderful moth.  The Faithful Beauty (Composia fidelissima) is one of the most gorgeous Lepidoptera in North America.  In the U.S., it is found only in subtropical southern Florida and the Keys. Due to its red, white, and blue coloration, it is sometimes known […]

Moth Species Profile #2

It is well-known that moths fly at night and butterflies are on the wing during the day.  You would really not be paying attention not to know this.  However, as is often the case, there are exceptions to this rule.  There are moths that fly during the day, just like butterflies.  And, to make matters […]

Moth Species Profile #1

As National Moth Week approaches (July 19-27, 2014), I thought that I would introduce readers to some of the moths that grace southern Arizona’s deserts, grasslands, and forests. So, in this first installment of the column, I decided to start with one of largest moths in southern Arizona. Antheraea oculea is sometimes called the Western […]

National Moth Week is Coming Up!

The third annual National Moth Week is coming up! This year’s NMW is July 19-27 and there are events scheduled around the country. I will be leading blacklight nights during the week- one on Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains (on 7/20, starting at 7PM at Middle Bear Picnic Area) and another in Madera Canyon in the Santa Ritas (on […]

Cool Cat #1

This time of year I renew my acquaintance with a common caterpillar and the moth that it will become. The best place to find these cats is on palo verde trees, although they can also be found on mesquite, acacia, and (at higher elevations) oaks. The adults will readily come to your patio lights. The […]

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