08.26.2020-2 Last Night’s Moths

For me, finding one moth at night is pretty good.  I don’t try to attract them and just photograph whatever comes in on its own. One summer I did put up a sheet and lights and baited some trees which produced quite a few.  But I decided that my own pleasure didn’t justify distracting them from whatever their regular business might be so I haven’t done it since.  It is my own choice and I have nothing negative to say about others doing it. I did it for the pictures, mostly, although I do enjoy seeing as many species as I can.  But I am not a lepidopterist as many others are. That said, I will go out at night with my flash setup and a flashlight to see who is around. Two of the species I am sharing were on the Boneset and one was lazing on my house’s siding.

I’ve photographed Porcelain Gray-Protoboarmia porcelaria several times in the past but the individual is almost always faded and somewhat tattered.  This was the first “fresh” one and I was happy to find it on my siding flashing which is obviously in need of attention from the homeowner.  The larvae feed on a variety of trees, both hardwoods and evergreens.

The next moth that visited the Boneset was the Darker Diacme-Diacme adipaloidesa first for me.

BugGuide says the hoist plant is unknown, but the adults (or at least this one and another that was on the plant) obviously enjoy flower nectar.

Finally, and the one I was most excited about for no apparent reason aside from seeing it for the first time, is the Dotted Sallow-Anathix ralla, the larvae of which feed on aspen which are not anywhere in the neighborhood that I am aware of.  So they wandered a ways to find my boneset.

I did try for an eyes shot, but had to settle for this one eye and a side view as it never got into a position for a head on view.

It was a nice evening, just before my bedtime, for spending time with the insects.  There was also a nice Fork-tailed Bush Katydid which was been shared here a short while ago.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 08.26.2020-2 Last Night’s Moths

  1. Nice Steve! Great Detail!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Each are lovely, but my favorite is the Darker Diacme, what a beauty!
    I’m glad you don’t bait moths with light, as it does disrupt their (often) precious little time they have to feed and reproduce. Doug Tallamy in Nature’s Best Hope recommends motion sensor lighting as a way to reduce moth mortality.

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    • We’ve meant to get motion sensors but haven’t. I think the moths I am seeing are attracted to the light from within the house as they are already on the screens and siding when Bentley and I go out. I guess they are not motivated to move once they settle down.

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  3. krikitarts says:

    That was a very productive evening and I agree with Eliza about the elegant DD. I’m missing the Minnesota moths; fairly common finds are Lunas, Sphinxes, and the occasional Polyphemus.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The Darker Diacme is beautiful. Is there a Lighter Diacme? If there isn’t, there ought to be. Seriously, the patterning on its wings is lovely.

    The big news around here is that I saw a toad on my way to the mailbox tonight. It was on the sidewalk near the swimming pool, under a light. No photos, of course, but at least I saw it. Now I’ll start wandering out a little later and see if there might be others around. Things get pretty quiet here after about 9 p.m., so any toads might feel more at ease.

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    • There is although it is named Paler Diacme and I’ve not seen one aside from that next to the Darker on the Peterson Field Guide I use for Identification.

      Awesome that you saw a toad! I’ve not seen many here this year for whatever reason. I am sure they are around but the only one I saw was while mowing and I did stop and iPhone it. I hope you get another chance to get your own picture of one.

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  5. These are magnificent. Each one.

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  6. susurrus says:

    Wonderful pictures! I love their lacy quality. My favourite is the last moth because it seems antique.

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    That last one gives a whole new dimension to having a catch light in the eye. Fascinating how the flash reflects off it.

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  8. Gallivanta says:

    The detail in each photo is amazing. My favourite is the first shot of the Dotted Sallow. It looks so soft and silky.

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Such beautiful, detailed photographs! The Darker Diacme makes a really stunning image.

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  10. You’re on a roll with these moth pictures.

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  11. They are all beautiful, Steve, and very finely presented. Even those moths that can appear dull can have some beautiful fine lines and markings on the forewings..

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  12. I rarely see moths, so it’s interesting to learn of their variety and beauty. Fine shots!

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  13. Wow such great pictures of these moths.


  14. bluebrightly says:

    Very nice, Steve…your story about putting up the sheet and lights and then deciding against doing that is interesting. The photos are great – what beauties!

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    • Lots of folks do it and some even make parties out of the activities…Moth Balls. I went to a couple and there certainly are more species than you can click a camera at. But I just decided that moths have short lives and wasting their time on photo ops seemed a little counter to my attitude about leaving nature as I find it. My choice. I don’t criticize those who still do the attracting. Thanks. Moths are surprisingly attractive.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I’ve never heard of that kind of Moth Ball…I remember a blog by someone in Southeast Asia who knew a tremendous amount about moths and attracted the most amazing species where he lived. But I hear you – they expend lots of energy flaying away at those lights, and for what??

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