July 06, 2020

My moth education

Most of the moths I’ve been photographing are on our front porch. This has been an unplanned covid-19 project. Each evening, I walk the dog, then see who is hanging around the light. The diversity has surprised me. Taking a reasonable photograph at night with the iPhone is a challenge, especially for the ones that are smaller than 1 cm.

One surprise has been that my reflex to retreat or swat at moths flapping around my face seems to have retreated. Last night, this guy (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52139137) was very determined to flirt with me, landing on my neck and in my hair before settling on the door to pose for a photograph.

There is also a dark fishing spider who I see ever few days, keeping his eye on the situation (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/48871206). It’s a bit intimidating, but also rather beautiful.

For a while, Paul Hebert was using the metaphor of “turning a light on for biodiversity” in his talks. It’s fun to be doing that. It makes me want to learn more about how these creatures spend their lives.

Posted on July 06, 2020 13:06 by keith_seifert keith_seifert | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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