The weather has been a tad chilly. Yesterday's high was 68°. Warmest day of the year to date.
I checked my Bait traps today, for the first time in several days. I found a dozen hibernating Butterflies in the bait traps. The majority were Nymphalis antiopa, several Polygonia and Vanessa Atlanta. There was a lot of moths, Zale's, Apamea, several Notodontids and a bunch wing worn, beat up Lithophane and Eupsilia.
As I hoofed back to my car, it began to rain. I mounted 37 moths from the Bait traps.
Tomorrow's high temp will be 70° and the over night low of 62°. Light Traps will be out tomorrow night.
In March my wife and I had just returned from a month in Australia and we drove out to Mojave National Preserve in southern CA to do a little volunteer work, installing barbed wire fence to keep out cattle.
I had planned to put out baited pitfalls (I know this isn’t the kind of baited traps Leroy is talking about) while we were camping there, but the weather looked too cold, so before leaving home I planted six pitfalls in our yard in Albuquerque. In the end we did some fine work, but the National Parks were trying to close down for the virus, so they pushed us out a day early.
Back at home I sorted the catch. I got 384 beetles, in 11 families, and 20 different species. I do lots of UV lighting in our yard but have rarely tried any pitfalls, so that big a haul was quite a surprise. The bait was just some fermenting mixed fruit and molasses. Since I mainly focus on tiny beetles, this was fun to sort through and I am trying a repeat now.
I went into my back yard and checked my Bait Trap the AM. It had a stunning Notodontid: Tecmessa scitiscripta (7942). That is the first Notodontid I have ever collected in a Bait Trap and it is the first time I have ever collected it.
Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I read someplace that only 38% of the USA population of males lives to the the age of 75. That is three quarters of a century. Not to shabby for an old man.
I took down four of the seven Bait Traps I had set out. I cannot manage all of the specimens I have been collecting. The Bait Trap in my yard is not in the count. I took 14 specimens from this trap alone this AM and I spent over three hours spreading specimens this afternoon. I would estimate that over 50% of the specimens that I collect will be new to me.
I also found in and around my Light Traps about a dozen or more of Actias luna. I also found several specimens of Anisota virginiensis.
Last Edit: May 26, 2020 1:54:37 GMT -8 by leptraps