National Moth Week: Blacklighting with @SamBiology and TMN's

Warm and muggy, fun and friendly, several TMN's from neighboring Houston chapters met after dark at the Discovery Nature Center in Bellaire, Texas, to attract some nighttime invertebrates. They call it 'MOTH-ing,' but really a number of creatures arrive at the mercury and UV lights, not just Lepidoptera. Many beetles, some wasps, and other amazing Earthlings came to sit for a while so that adults could oooh and aaaah over their beauty.

It is such an easy thing to do, and not much equipment is required! A twin-sized white sheet, some clothespins, and a blacklight powered with an A/C outlet nearby or a battery pack. I used a smartphone coupled with a $14 selfie ring light and a Xenvo clip-on macro magnifying lens. Portable and convenient. A headlamp helped light the way between 7 stations.

We learned about many species, like the beetle that helps carry the Oak Wilt fungus from tree to tree, the strange and effective way the mantisfly hunts at the sheet, and why moths in particular are so crucial to a functioning ecosystem; moths feed many other species!

Thanks to my friends, Mary Spolyar @rednat and Sam Kieschnick @sambiology, I learned just a bit more on how to be the best steward in my own yard and property by learning about species beyond my backyard. A special thanks to DeAndra Ramsey, the TMN's of the Gulf Coast Chapter, and the Nature Discovery Center for having us. It's one of my favorite things to do!

For more information on attracting insects at night, visit NationalMothWeek.org and get outside to log some insects for science July 23-31, 2022!: https://nationalmothweek.org

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, 23 July, 2022 20:40

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Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 08:30 PM CDT

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Xyleborus Ambrosia Beetles (Genus Xyleborus)

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July 20, 2022 08:44 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 08:44 PM CDT

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Common Stretch Spider (Tetragnatha extensa)

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July 20, 2022 08:48 PM CDT

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Citrus Flatid Planthopper (Metcalfa pruinosa)

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July 20, 2022 08:59 PM CDT

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Two-lined Burrowing Bug (Pangaeus bilineatus)

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July 20, 2022 09:02 PM CDT

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Grass Tubeworm Moths (Genus Acrolophus)

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July 20, 2022 09:03 PM CDT

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Hickory Shuckworm Moth (Cydia caryana)

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July 20, 2022 09:04 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:04 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:08 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:09 PM CDT

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Green Burgundy Stink Bug (Banasa dimidiata)

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July 20, 2022 09:09 PM CDT

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Curved-lined Homostinea Moth (Homostinea curviliniella)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:10 PM CDT

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Pawpaw Sphinx (Dolba hyloeus)

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July 20, 2022 09:17 PM CDT

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Green Cutworm Moth (Anicla infecta)

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July 20, 2022 09:17 PM CDT

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Common Picture-winged Fly (Delphinia picta)

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July 20, 2022 09:25 PM CDT

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Marbled Fungus Weevil (Euparius marmoreus)

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July 20, 2022 09:25 PM CDT

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June Beetles (Subfamily Melolonthinae)

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July 20, 2022 09:26 PM CDT

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Filbertworm Moth (Cydia latiferreana)

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July 20, 2022 09:27 PM CDT

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Carpet-grass Webworm Moth (Fissicrambus haytiellus)

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July 20, 2022 09:28 PM CDT

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:29 PM CDT

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Grass Tubeworm Moths (Genus Acrolophus)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:29 PM CDT

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American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)

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July 20, 2022 09:33 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:37 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:37 PM CDT

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Margined Shining Leaf Chafer (Callistethus marginatus)

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July 20, 2022 09:40 PM CDT

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Four-spotted Mantidfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)

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July 20, 2022 09:41 PM CDT

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:41 PM CDT

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Heppner's Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus heppneri)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:42 PM CDT

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Long-horned Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus mortipennella)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:49 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:49 PM CDT

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Bluegrass Webworm Moth (Parapediasia teterrellus)

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July 20, 2022 09:50 PM CDT

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Heppner's Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus heppneri)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:50 PM CDT

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:50 PM CDT

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Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:55 PM CDT

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Long-horned Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus mortipennella)

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July 20, 2022 09:55 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 09:59 PM CDT

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Beautiful Mantidfly (Leptomantispa pulchella)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 09:59 PM CDT

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July 20, 2022 10:00 PM CDT

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 10:02 PM CDT

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Greater Wax Moth (Galleria mellonella)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 10:09 PM CDT

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Red-eyed Button Slug Moth (Heterogenea shurtleffi)

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dirtnkids

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July 20, 2022 10:09 PM CDT

Comments

I had such a blast!!!! :) Observations are still coming in, and ID's are too, but so far, at least 70 different kinds of critters showed up to the lights. Great fun! :)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-07-20&place_id=122099

Posted by sambiology 5 months ago (Flag)

Sadly @sambiology, none of my observations are showing up on that list and I'm not sure how to get them there. Thanks so much for all you do for Nature and TMN's! Hope you got some new species on your travels.

Posted by dirtnkids 5 months ago (Flag)

Ah! I looked at the other "place" that has some extended borders. On your observations, the observation circle goes past the borders of the other Russ Pitman Park. So, now here they are! :)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-07-20&place_id=161748

Posted by sambiology 5 months ago (Flag)

Yeah, sometimes when a specific 'place' pin can't be found, I have to locate the circle best I can. I didn't take any photos with the DSLR ... they were all using the iPhone and I snapped outside of iNaturalist (so no geotag on the photo). Next time, I'll remember to snap within the app. Thanks for the new share!

Posted by dirtnkids 5 months ago (Flag)

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