Myles Standish: Blacklighting and Bait Trail

Myles Standish: Blacklighting and Bait Trail

The club’s first nighttime event did not disappoint! Teá brought a huge bucket of moth bait and painted dozens of trees up and down a sandy trail. We also had two light setups in the nearby woods, one with a mercury vapor lamp and the other with 2 UV blacklights.

The bait trail really paid off, with 15 different moth species recorded. It also produced some great photos:

Moth slurps up bait
A red-winged sallow (Xystopeplus rufago) slurps up bait.

Pine false looper Zale (Zale duplicata), also slurping up bait
Pine false looper Zale (Zale duplicata), also slurping up bait

Unfortunately, it was super windy that night. That not only made securing the sheets a challenge, it made staying on the sheet a challenge for the moths that showed up. It also made a lot of my photos blurry, but I did manage to get a few good shots:

green-dusted Zale (Zale aeruginosa)
Green-dusted Zale (Zale aeruginosa) at the sheet

A celery looper (Anagrapha falcifera) on the sheet
A celery looper (Anagrapha falcifera) on the sheet

We’ve counted 18 species at the lights so far, not bad for April!

Of course, the night wasn’t all about moths…

A ginormous wolf spider (Hogna baltimoriana) showed up on the sheet towards the end of the night.
A ginormous wolf spider (Hogna baltimoriana) that showed up on the sheet towards the end of the night.

Shieldbacked Pine Seed Bug (Tetyra bipunctata), a new Mass. Bugguide record
Shieldbacked Pine Seed Bug (Tetyra bipunctata), a new Bugguide record for Mass.

We closed up shop around 1am. Teá made us remove the mega-huge wolf spider before she took down the sheet, so there was no chance it would end up in her car :-).

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