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Middlebury, VT Moth Week Event

Middlebury, VT Moth Week Event

In Middlebury, VT we held our second annual moth night as part of National Moth Week on Saturday 7/29. The event is sponsored by the Otter Creek Audubon Society (Birding by day, mothing by night?) 32 people gathered in the meeting room of our local library to hear two speakers: JoAnne Russo of south eastern VT, a veteran moth-er (10 years) who has a special interest in VT Moths and is helping to compile a state list that will soon be published and Jennifer Murdoch of Middlebury who has only been on the dark side for 2 full seasons.
JoAnne shared a broad spectrum of knowledge of the characteristics of moths, the families, and online resources etc….  Jennifer focused on how her interest this year has expanded to include rearing caterpillars and shared photos of moths she had seen in the last 30 days as a sort of preview of what might be seen on the sheet later. Caterpillars and pupae were passed around…the Cecropia taking the spotlight.
Participants were invited to two viewing stations set up a couple hundred yards apart. The night was initially breezy and then cool, fewer than 30 species showed up on the sheets. Spirits were not dampened in the least and there was much excitement over every new arrival and talk of cameras and lighting equipment. The younger crowd enjoyed looking for caterpillars with the blacklight flashlight and we found out that snails glow neon blue! I think we have some new enthusiasts!
Night Insect Viewing Event in Ware, MA!

Night Insect Viewing Event in Ware, MA!

Have you ever wanted to see what insect diversity can be found in an area that is undergoing lots of habitat restoration? If so, come join the New England Entomological Society in Ware, MA this Saturday, July 29, 2017! We will be setting up lots of lights on a gorgeous property with lots of different habitats (wet meadows, inland restoring pine barrens, deciduous forest). The property is owned by our members Brian and Martha Klassanos. Brian and Martha have been the recipients of several MA Fish and Wildlife Grants and are working on restoring parts of the largest inland Pine Barrens in Massachusetts. They have recorded many cool species at their home, and we hope to find many more at this event! Please RSVP to this event by clicking here (https://goo.gl/forms/vf99ZEpCt1H9TGKt1).

 

Left: Zeuzera pyrina (Wood Leopard Moth)

Right: Cerura scitiscripta (Black Etched Prominent)

Dicromantispa sayi – mantisfly – mantidfly
Pandora Sphinx – Hodges#7859 (Eumorpha pandorus) – Sphingidae – moth

Left: Male Dobsonfly

Middle: Antherea polyphemus (Polyphemus moth)

Right: Stoneflies

Pachysphinx modesta – Modest Sphinx – Hodges#7828 – Sphingidae – moth

Left: Sphinx kalmiae (Fawn Sphinx)

Right: Notodonta scitipennis (Northern Willow Prominent)

June Events – The Caterpillar Lab

June Events – The Caterpillar Lab

Saturday June 24th– Join caterpillar expert and Director of The Caterpillar Lab, Sam Jaffe at his house for a night of exciting blacklighting and nocturnal insects. We will be setting out a variety of moth lights, sheets, and bait, and looking for all sorts of nocturnal insects and larvae throughout the night. At his property in Marlborough NH, set amongst Southern NH’s woodland and swamp habitats, Jaffe has often recorded nearly 200 species of moth flying in a single night. In addition to the moth lighting, come to learn about the technique of finding caterpillars and other insects by using special ultraviolet flashlights and learn tips for locating specific target caterpillars. If it’s a cold and rainy night and the insects are not flying, we will shift gears inside and learn ID and photography techniques. Sam will start greeting visitors at 6pm and encourages club members to arrive no later than 10pm. Pizza, soda, and other refreshments will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 to offset costs to the club. Visitors can camp out in Sam’s yard for the night, sleep inside on the floor (bring a camping mattress), or if they have special requirements, take one of a few beds/couches available. Please RSVP by following this link (https://goo.gl/forms/OPmqtlhck8mJaUQJ2).Once you have confirmed your attendance, the address will be emailed to you.

Sunday June 25th – Sam Jaffe will be having an open house at his wonderful non-profit organization “The Caterpillar Lab” (166 Emerald St., Keene, NH). The official open house will run from 11-3pm and daytime insect exploration trips will be made in the area before, during, and after this time. Mount Monadnock is minutes away, as are many other interesting habitats to explore! At The Caterpillar Lab you will be able to meet, explore, and even photograph as many as 100 species of native caterpillars. Entomological Society members who wish to lead insect trips in southern NH should be in contact to arrange specific outing itineraries. Sam Jaffe is excited to be hosting us for this special weekend! Don’t miss out!

June Event – Moth Ball

June Event – Moth Ball

Saturday June 17th– From 9pm until late at night, join Athol Bird and Nature Club president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house (1542 Pleasant St., Athol, MA) for the 6th Annual Moth Ball! Search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other flying insects for this spectacular event. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share, and favorite moth baits (don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!). Info: Dave Small: 978-413-1772 or dave@dhsmall.net.

 

Attached are some photos of neat finds from the 2016 Moth Ball. We hope to see you all there!

 

Myles Standish Daytime Walk Event

Myles Standish Daytime Walk Event

The Myles Standish State Forest walk was a huge success! We had a small but enthusiastic group of attendees that hiked in the heat and took some amazing photos. The weather was beautiful and wonderfully cooperative. We walked a good amount on the gasline trail and found some awesome insects and arachnids. The Bearberry was in full bloom and pollinators were all over it. We had a handful of species of butterfly (Brown and Hoary Elfins, American Painted Lady, Azures) and a day flying moth (Celery Looper). There were lots of neat beetles out as well, Blister Beetles and Tiger Beetles were walking and flying all along the trail. Lots of bees, flies, and other pollinators were also present in large quantity. The group found a lot of Promethea Moth cocoons on cherry saplings along the trail and opening them up showed the adult moth pupae very well. Lots of the state protected Buck Moth eggs were also found.

Some of the highlights included finding the Massachusetts state flower (Mayflower) in bloom, lots of violets, and of course, all the insects!

A full list of species for both the daytime and nighttime event can be found here.

If you have photos from this trip, feel free to email it to us at newenglandentsoc@gmail.com or post to our facebook group (New England Entomological Society).

Massachusetts Reptile Expo

Massachusetts Reptile Expo

The New England Entomological Society is happy to announce that we will be having a booth at this year’s spring MA Reptile Expo! This is a great opportunity to allow the society to reach out to more people and show off some fun live insects (and other arthropods). The MA Reptile Expo is a wonderful event full of vendors and educators. It is not exclusively reptiles either, there’s lots of amphibians and invertebrates as well. The expo is on Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. If you’re interested in coming to the expo, admission is $8.

 

The Society  is looking for a couple of volunteers to help us run the booth! If you are interested, please email us at newenglandentsoc@gmail.com. The expo’s website can be found here.