C. ultronia, blandula, marmorata, ilia, unijuga, junctura, neogama, subnata, innubens, grynea, sordida, insolabilis, flebilis, andromedae, paleogama, parta, coccinata, amatrix, cara, epione, nebulosa, dejecta, illecta, lacromosa, piatrix, amica, residua, minuta, maestosa, micronympha, cerogama, and several small orange ones I have yet to ID. Looking forward to more action. IL has had a decent season so far. Many of these I’ve caught sugaring in my backyard. Just last night I got a subnata, ultronia, amatrix, and two grynea before it rained.
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2020 20:38:22 GMT -8 by billgarthe
Out of curiosity rayrard do you collect some of the more notable species whilst doing all this tree tapping? I can see making a "footnote" in one's field ledger of all the common place species but, others would have to get captured if possible...
Do you have any pic's to show us of some of your Catocala collection or perhaps at least some of the more interesting species ?
C. ultronia, blandula, marmorata, ilia, unijuga, junctura, neogama, subnata, innubens (reg), grynea, sordida, insolabilis, flebilis, andromedae, paleogama, parta, coccinata, amatrix, f. nirus and selecta cara, epione, nebulosa, dejecta, illecta, lacromosa, judith, piatrix, amica, residua, minuta, maestosa, micronympha, cerogama, and several small orange ones I have yet to ID. Looking forward to more action. IL has had a decent season so far. Many of these I’ve caught sugaring in my backyard. Just last night I got a subnata, ultronia, amatrix, and two grynea before it rained.
relicta, vidua, innubens f. scintiilans, hinda, umbrosa mira
IL action is heating up........Aug. 14th, while sugaring, got my first IL angusi (caught them before in TN and KY) along w some caras, subnatas, and a real orange HW fringed nebulosa
........37 sp. so far in 2020.
Last Edit: Aug 14, 2020 23:04:50 GMT -8 by billgarthe
I have seven (7) Bait Traps set out in several areas. I will add two more today in the Grand River WA. I will have a total of Six in the Grand River WMA. I have taken a total nine (9) specimen of three species in the Grand River WMA.
I have three (3) Bait Traps in the Mantua Wetlands and two (2) in the forests adjacent to the Mantua Wetland on the Ashford Methodist Church Camp. I have taken eleven (11) specimens of Catocala, consisting of four (4) species.
I have not found much more in my Light Traps.
I was told by someone that there is an ongoing battle with a large poultry operation, including eggs, who has arial sprayed insecticides in the area.
I did a one night collecting trip with four (4) Light Traps to the Killdeer WMA south of Upper Sandusky (Wyandot County), Ohio. I collected 22 Catocala moths consisting of six (6) species. I will repeat that effort this week.
I General, moth populations appear to be on the low side.
Man, some of you fella's sure live in some rich faunal areas for Catocala.
Admittedly, I have not yet made it out yet for sugaring. Have had some good potential nights to do it but always something else going on... I've tried lighting with my 175 watt MVL with limited success. I don't employ bait traps because I don't have the time to check them in a timely manner. Have even gone out searching for them in the day.
For all my efforts I have collected all of 12 specimens representing only 3 species.
C. amatrix are coming out now. Also got a C. neogama and C. innubens in the traps today. Best of all at the sheet was my first ever Catocala angusi, a distinctive species which is new to my collection. Up to 22 species this year.
It has been a long day. I spent most of the day at Killdeer WMA South of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. I set out four Bait Trap on Tuesday and made a trip to check them today. To my delight, I collected eight (8) Catocala parta, two (2) Catocala semirelicta, twelve (12) Catocala insolabilis, one (1) Catocala lacrymosa and a dozen+ Catocala maestosa. I had several small Catocala, all yellow hindwings and showing some wear. I also caught my first Humming Bird in a large stand of Joepeye Weed while collecting an oddly marked Papilio glaucus. The little bugger tried to bite me, more like a poke than a bite.
Last Edit: Aug 14, 2020 11:00:45 GMT -8 by leptraps
I decided to set out Bait Traps, Light Traps and Sessidea Pheromone Traps in the Killdeer WA south of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. I was hoping for the best. I got far more than the best.
I was up and gone at 5:30AM. From my home in Aurora, Ohio to Killdeer WA is almost a two hour drive not including Breakfeast at a Dunkin Donuts. This is a brief summary.
Four Light Traps in three different Habitats, including a remnant Prairie. I have 70+ large Catocala moths and 40+ smaller Catocala moths. I papered over 200 moths, mostly Noctuidae and Erebidae. Stuck pins in several dozens flies (Diptera) and a bunch of hornets and wasps. I also stuck pins in several different "Bee's". I filled several larges Killing Jars with Coleoptera. Including two monstrous green Rhinoceros beetles.
I set out four Bait Traps. All of the bait in the second Bait Trap was gone, licked clean. More than likely a Raccoon. No damage to the trap. The other three were full of just about everything. I filled all six of my killing jars plus both Dump Jars with moths. I got stung twice by Hornets. The sting on my left hand has swollen up and then went to itching.
In a large hay field full of Red Clover I collected 40+ Colias, both C. philodice and C. eurytheme. Chlosyne nycties, plus Speyeria galore. (Speyeria cybele and S. aphrodite.)
The Joepeye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) was full of nectaring Swallowtails. I collected two absolutely stunning females of Papilio glaucus. The Bait Traps were also full of butterflies. Limenitis arthemis and Limenitis archippus, Polygonia comma and Polygonia interrogationis. I papered 30+ butterflies.
I only managed to collect five (5) species of Sessidae in the pheromone traps. I stuck pins in four specimens of Paranthrene simulans and three specimens of Paranthrene tabaniformis. I also took several Synanthedon scitula and a single specimen of Synanthedon fulvipes. The latter is a first for me. Also in each of the Pheromone Traps were many small flies. Rather tinny. I stuck pins in a dozen plus?
I began my journey home and as I crossed the Sandusky River, I saw a huge muddy river bank area and lots of butterflies. I crossed the bridge, pulled over and walked back to the bridge. The muddy bank was an active mud puddle club.
As I was driving out of the WA. I saw a male Bald Eagle on the top of a telephone pole.
The Killdeer WA was full of wildlife. I did leave both my Bait Traps and Pheromone Traps up until this coming Monday. On Wednesday, 19 August, I begin a two week collecting trip to Colorado, Oklahoma and eastern Kansas for Heliothinae (Schinia). And of course a visit to Killpecker Dunes in Wyoming.
Wish me luck.
I forgot to mention, I spread moths into the early morning hours. I filled a Schmidt Box with Diptera and another almost full of Coleoptera.
This is the best collecting I have had since I departed Kentucky.
Last Edit: Aug 16, 2020 16:46:49 GMT -8 by leptraps