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Moth Light at Quail Hollow -- 20 June 2016

My first moth-lighting experience ever! @kueda and @constance showed me how to set up a moth light/sheet at Quail Hollow Ranch as a sort of scouting trip for a few public events I'm trying to coordinate for National Moth Week at the end of July.

The moon was quite bright and nearly full (supposedly moths are less attracted to light on full moon nights?), but the weather was warm and windless and overall things went well.

Highlights for me included seeing moths at all, since I have absolutely no prior experience with this group in California (or really anywhere). But I was also pleased with the non-Lepidoptera: We got to see both the narrow endemic Mount Hermon June Beetle (Polyphylla barbata), as well as the much more common Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata), a number of other beetles, and an awesome ghostly mayfly with "turbinate" or "bongo-shaped" eyes.

Our upcoming events are scheduled for the 24th and 29th of July, 8 PM-11 PM, meeting in the Quail Hollow Parking lot.

You can register for these events at the Friends of Quail Hollow Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/friendsofquailhollow/

National Moth Week: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/

Posted by leptonia leptonia, June 27, 2016 23:10

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 10:22 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 09:54 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Small Mayflies (Family Baetidae)

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 09:38 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Northwestern Phoenix Moth (Eulithis xylina)

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 10:07 PM PDT

Description

Photos / Sounds

What

Mount Hermon June Beetle (Polyphylla barbata)

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 2016

Photos / Sounds

What

Straight-faced Windscorpions (Family Eremobatidae)

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 10:11 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 20, 2016 11:46 PM PDT

Description

on Madia sativa

Photos / Sounds

What

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)

Observer

leptonia

Date

June 21, 2016 12:12 AM PDT

Comments

An excellent night of sandwiches, squatting, and arthropods. @constance needs to post her windscorpion mastication video somewhere. Er, somewhere other than iNat, where we don't support video...

And, for reference, obs by Constance and me are at

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/constance/2016/6/20
http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/kueda/2016/6/20

Posted by kueda over 5 years ago (Flag)

Awesome! For moths, you may want to carry a little ruler with you... I use the discover life moth guide, and a ruler totally helps me narrow down the species (even though I've been wrong a bazillion times). With the discover life moth guide, you can click on all of the appropriate characteristics (at least, the ones that you know), and it narrows down the possibilities. CA has a great moth list:
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Moth&cl=US/CA&flags=HAS:

Posted by sambiology over 5 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for the tips @sambiology !

Posted by leptonia over 5 years ago (Flag)

Why were any of you chewing on a windscorpion? ...sounds like it would be mightily bitter.

Posted by jmaughn over 5 years ago (Flag)

Here's the Solpugid mastication video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFUIvunHJN8

Posted by leptonia over 5 years ago (Flag)

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