Quick Note: Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting – Saturday Feb 11, 2012 – 10:00 AM

The Utah Lepidopterists’ Society will be meeting on Saturday Feb 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Provo in room 310 of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. I am looking forward to hearing from Dr. Wayne Whaley on the Papilio indra complex. View Larger Map  

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

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  

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