Monday, July 1, 2013

Blacklighting at Mountain Trails Lodge

For future reference, this setup faced west and did fairly well in spite of rain! Two sheets were draped over a wall, four black CFLs were used on two clamp lights with doublers (shades removed), one light was clamped to a folding chair for better glow. One solar stake light was used for ambient light; next time 1-2 more would not be a bad idea. Might use the shade on the wall clamp next time for better directional broadcast, but results were good regardless. One sheet that faced south had mediocre results, but wind was problematic at that location.

Go to the lights. There are five to choose from!

There's a lot of catching up to do around here; the blacklighting session at Mountain Trails Lodge referenced in our earlier post was June 17/18 (this post will be backdated to reflect that in the future!) but here are some of the crowd pleasers that showed up after a rain delay... many of these are southern or southwestern critters that are among our 'usual suspects' in the region.

Please note, these are NOT to scale!

Purslane Moth (Euscirrhopterus gloveri)
Purslane Moth (Euscirrhopterus gloveri)

Melipotis spp.
Ponometia altera

Clouded Crimson (Schinia gaurae)
Cobubatha spp.

Rindgea spp. / Mesquite Looper
Yellow-veined Moth (Microtheoris ophionalis)

Cobubatha spp.
Tripudia luxuriosa, Ponometia spp.

Pygarctia flavidorsalis

Biggest, most cooperative moth of the night? Seraph (Olceclostera seraphica). It was in typical downward-dog yoga pose, with floofy pantaloons propping it up to the point where its petticoat was quite nearly vertical. Most folks never get such a view!

Seraph (Olceclostera seraphica) photo © Jennifer Turner of Mountain Trails Lodge

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