Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Moths of All Sorts-Outdoor Hour Challenge #23
This week's challenge was to focus on insects and moths in particular. We were able to see lots of moths close-up this week when we were camping. Once you turn on the lantern and set it on the table, watch out! Moths come a flying!
Here are some of the many moths we observed during the week. We were able to get good photos by turning on two lanterns and using one to attract the moths and one to light the moth for the photo. I did not use the flash on the camera.
I don't think this one is a moth but some other sort of insect that is attracted to the light.
The next set of photos is from the back porch. I turned on the porch light and a little while later, we had plenty of insects that were sitting on the wall near the light. We were able to get good photos by shining a flashlight on the insect and then turning the flash off on the camera to take each one close-up.
Edit: Roberta says this is an adult cabbage looper. I think it looks right to me. :) Thanks Roberta.
This looks more like a green lacewing than a moth but it was sure attracted to the light.
I have not taken the time to try to identify all these insects. I have a really hard time with that part of insect nature study. I spend hours and hours pouring through the field guides and rarely do I find what I am looking for. Insects are really hard to identify but we will persevere and try to update this entry as we find the names for these critters.
My son is going to help me identify the insects and make his journal entry on one of the moths we identify. He prefers to use a spiral bound sketchbook for his nature journal instead of notebooking pages.
We found this website informational:
How to Start Mothing
Barb-Harmony Art Mom