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 adipaloides, a 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.