Folks who follow this blog know that we are no strangers to moths. Roughly a quarter of our blog posts tend to be about moths (click here for our moth tagged posts) - only birds outrank them because, well, sometimes we like to sleep.
In fact, this post would have been up a few days ago if we hadn't been chasing a bird back to back with returning a work vehicle, wrangling three jobs back to back and blacklighting in Fort Davis in the middle of it all! A post from the Mountain Trails Lodge (on the southern edge of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis Co -- here's their Facebook page) is in the works - in spite of rain, there was a good showing at the lights by 5 am. On some nights it's just better to go sleep and let the lights work their magic...
** Please note, we have been compensated for our blacklighting work with the Mountain Trails Lodge, but in the name of amazing food and clean, well organized, pet-friendly lodging on a bird and bug friendly property... yes. We should probably be paying them to let us blacklight there, but they're blacklighting friendly if you have your own rig!
Anyway, between July 20-25 we do anticipate doing some blacklighting - probably here in Marathon - in the name of National Moth Week; it may overlap with blacklighting options for this summer's Entomology class through Sul Ross State University and it may end up being partnered with either the Marathon Public Library, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, or the Mountain Trails Lodge... but one way or another, there will be bugs!
To find an event in your area - or to create one - check out http://nationalmothweek.org!
Also, they're on Facebook as National Moth Week, and on Twitter, @Moth_Week.
Hope to see y'all at the blacklights!