Not wanting to miss out on socializing in order to check for insects, I moved the sheet set-up closer to the edge of our evening hangout. Our camp clearing is at least 50 ft around at the base of a hill and within 15 ft of Rocky Creek. It wasn't ideal considering our camping lanterns competed with light output, but the access for our fellow campers was great. I experimented a little by placing the light a foot away from the sheet and resting it against the sheet. It really didn't seem to make much difference. I got a little more variety of moths and opiliones in this location, but there still wasn't very much activity. I suspect if there were a lot, my fellow campers may have freaked out. All in all it was casual fun, and I think I might do it again.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Here are all the moths from night 2 of white sheet lighting. Again, I'll add the moth IDs at a later time. I welcome anyone who wants to help me ID these coastal moths in the comments.
I'm surprised at how sentimental I became while sorting through these moth photos. The feeling reminds me of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. My only published papers were 6 checklists of moths with Sonja Teraguchi. I googled to see if it's out there on the internet, since the pubication predates Y2K. Hey, it's on eBay. Cool. I think? It's also referenced in a paper by Roy Rings in The Great Lakes Entomologist. Very cool.