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.  

Quick Note: Actias Luna in Utah?

The range of the Luna Moth, (Actias luna), a large, beautiful Santurniidae is not known to extend as far East as Utah.  I have read though, (trying to find the reference) that they are sometimes found as far East as middle Montana which would be about the same longitude as eastern Utah. I lived for many years in Uintah county.  On two separate occasions a few years apart, I found one of them clinging to my house below the porch light.  This spring and summer I’ll be going back attempting to collect them and document that their range does in fact extend into Utah. Though it has been several years, I believe there is a good chance for success.  I know the area where … Continue reading

On the Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator: Usage Tips and Helpful Modifications for the Moth Collector

I’m back into the Lepidoptera collection game this year.  After many years away, I decided that I was coming back to a hobby I’ve loved my whole life.  I particularly enjoy collecting the beautiful moths that we have in Utah, and I am putting together a white sheet collecting kit that consists of three mercury vapor lamps and two compact fluorescent black lights. Night collecting at a white sheet is a tried and true method for gathering moths.  Using a set of Mercury Vapor bulbs will provide the correct wavelength of light to attract most species of nocturnal Lepidoptera. Unless I am collecting in the back yard though, a portable power source is going to be necessary.  The Honda EU1000i is a … Continue reading