Moths, Maybe

by Carl Strang

The Indiana bioblitzes always seem to take place so early in the season that there is little singing insect action for me to document. I always learn something, but I feel that I want to make a larger contribution. I photographed some moths drawn to the Purdue team’s lights at Eagle Marsh, and I was reminded of my 1980’s investigation of forest moths in DuPage County, for instance the component community centering on enchanter’s nightshade. Perhaps I need to expand a bit, and make a more concerted effort with moths at future bioblitzes.

Here is what the woolly bear caterpillar becomes: an Isabella tiger moth. At least two of these were drawn to the lights at Eagle Marsh.

Here is what the woolly bear caterpillar becomes: an Isabella tiger moth. At least two of these were drawn to the lights at Eagle Marsh.

We got a glimpse of a yellow-collared scape moth during the day, and that night one came to us.

We got a glimpse of a yellow-collared scape moth during the day, and that night one came to us.

A third example, a bristly cutworm moth. Check out the beautiful green areas in the wings.

A third example, a bristly cutworm moth. Check out the beautiful green areas in the wings.

There have been butterfly teams, but so far no one has specialized on moths. They are a diverse, beautiful and ecologically significant group, deserving of attention in the bioblitzes. It will mean collecting, but I have done that before.

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