Quick Note: Specimen Storage

Obtaining adequate specimen storage is expensive for any avocational entomologist, but especially for the lepidopterist do to the relatively large size of our quarry compared to say the coleopterist.   I have been researching the least expensive way to obtain some drawers to start my collection. Pre-built drawers run from twenty nine to about sixty five dollars per depending on the options selected, but shipping is the killer.  Bio-Quip has drawer kits that ship broken down and can save substantially in that regard.  I also found an article in the Southern Lepidopterists’ News Volume 14 Number 4 by Vernon Brou describing how to build your own Cornell style drawers.  I intend to use California Academy sized drawers, so I would need … Continue reading

Video: Blacklighting in Box Canyon

As you may be aware, my primary focus on Lepidoptera is on the macro moths of Utah. I am currently building a night collecting kit using mercury vapor lamps. In this video, the participants, are using a setup virtually identical to the setup I am gathering. Aaron Olsen did a presentation for the Utah Lepidopterists’ Society in 2005 that goes into great detail on how to build one of these setups.  

Book Review: Butterfly Photographer’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Reference for Nature Photographers by William B. Folsom

As I said in an earlier post, I’ve read a few really good books on butterfly and macro photography lately.  Butterfly Photographer’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Reference for Nature Photographers by William B. Folsom is one of those. The book is essentially broken into two parts; a field guide and photography handbook.  Folsom provides an in-depth overview of the lives and habitat of butterflies in the first section.  The second section is all about the photography and specifically how it applies to imaging butterflies. While the book is probably ready for an update now that we all shoot digital, it is truly a great resource for the butterfly photographer.  I rate it 5 stars. GW

Downloads: Classic Lepidoptera Books by W. J. Holland

I’ve added some links to downloads of classic books on Lepidoptera to the downloads page: The Butterfly Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Butterflies of North America by W. J. Holland, 1898 The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America by W. J. Holland, 1903 Obviously these books are long out of copyright, but still contain a wealth of useful information.

Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting: January 14, 2011

I finally made it to a meeting of the Utah Lepidoptersts’ Society.  The meeting was held at the Natural History Museum of Utah on the campus of the University of Utah and is adjacent to Red Butte Gardens.  The community room sits next to the museum café and is a fantastic place for the meetings when they are held in Salt Lake.  This was the first meeting held at the new museum and it is a beautiful venue.  I didn’t have time to take a tour, but will go through next week some time with my wife. I’m sorry I can’t remember the names of everyone in attendance, but those I do remember are: Col. Clyde Gillette, Jack Harry, Jacque Wolfe, … Continue reading

Quick Note: Aquarium Filter Media Bags

While I’ll be putting up a full post concerning yesterday’s meeting of the Utah Lepidopterists’ Society, I wanted to quickly mention one thing I found out. Todd Stout had brought in some caterpillars on a plant to show. He had segregated each of them to a separate branch by using small net bags his wife had sewn. Craig (EntoCraig), one of the founders of the Utah Society of Entomology suggested using aquarium filter media bags. Great idea! These bags are available inexpensively and in multiple sizes. I can see lots of uses for those rearing insects as well as field naturalists. I found this source in a quick search this morning. GW

Quick Note: Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting This Saturday, Jan 14 2012

Tony Jones will be giving a presentation on Butterfly Photography this Saturday at 10:00 AM.  The Utah Lepidopterists’ Society meets at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Community Room, Salt Lake City, UT.  The museum is located on the University of Utah Campus, 301 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108 View Larger Map  

Book Review: Moths by Michael Majerus

I just purchased this book for the Kindle Fire and so far it is a great read. Although Majerus lives in the UK, the book is totally appropriate for anyone studying moths anywhere. Below is some information from Amazon about the book. Book Description Series: Collins New Naturalist | Publication Date: February 1, 2002 Another volume in the “New Naturalist” series, this book is a comprehensive account of the diverse natural history of these fascinating and popular insects. Michael Majerus, author of the “New Naturalist” book “Ladybirds”, examines all aspects of moths, from their life histories to their role as pests to humans. He covers their reproduction, feeding, evolution, habitats and conservation. The book also discusses the enemies of moths, … Continue reading