My moth education

Most of the moths I’ve been photographing are on our front porch. This has been an unplanned covid-19 project. Each evening, I walk the dog, then see who is hanging around the light. The diversity has surprised me. Taking a reasonable photograph at night with the iPhone is a challenge, especially for the ones that are smaller than 1 cm.

One surprise has been that my reflex to retreat or swat at moths flapping around my face seems to have retreated. Last night, this guy (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52139137) was very determined to flirt with me, landing on my neck and in my hair before settling on the door to pose for a photograph.

There is also a dark fishing spider who I see ever few days, keeping his eye on the situation (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/48871206). It’s a bit intimidating, but also rather beautiful.

For a while, Paul Hebert was using the metaphor of “turning a light on for biodiversity” in his talks. It’s fun to be doing that. It makes me want to learn more about how these creatures spend their lives.

Posted by keith_seifert keith_seifert, July 06, 2020 13:06

Comments

No comments yet.

Add a Comment

Sign In or Sign Up to add comments

Gracias al apoyo de:

¿Quiere apoyarnos? Pregúntenos cómo escribiendo a snib.guatemala@gmail.com