Saturday, September 22, 2012

Leptember is upon us.

Lepidoptera -  order of insects that includes moths and butterflies.

Fall is an excellent time of year for lepidopterans, particularly moths.  We are fortunate to live in a unique area of the continent.  Animal life is a part of that uniqueness; which most certainly including insects.  Here are only a few excellent species of moths we've recorded thus far in September.  We've generally experienced them via the simple methodology of blacklighting.  In fact, most of these, from our own back porch.

This first two we actually came across on first street in Marathon back on the 19th.

Psectrotarsia suavis, Pink-spotted Flower Moth

Chalcopasta fulgens

The following are selections from the evening of September 19th of black-lighting on the north facing wall of our house.

 Lythrodes venatus

Opsigalea blanchardi

Plagiomimicus olvello

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