29 de junio de 2021

Moth Week Is Getting Closer!

It's finally summer time, and I decided it was time to do a test run of my new setup this year. Have to get ready for Moth Week next month! (I took a work vacation that week this year too haha)
We had a plastic greenhouse that dry-rotted over the years, and repurposed the frame for my sheet, and lights. I use a white shower curtain with 1cm squares all across it. It has holes in it, so I just have to hang hooks on the top rung, and stretch it to the edges, and secure it there. Hung a light at the top, and a light at the bottom.
Used a small handheld flashlight with my camera. Had to get the hang of holding it, and my camera in the same hand haha. More pics that I would have liked turned out blurry, so I am going to have to another test run to see how things work out. I'm going to try to see if I can't set my camera to flash every time, instead of just when it thinks it needs to. It's dark out!
I had a great time. I think I got maybe 3 hours of sleep Sunday night. I took over 1000 pics, and spent yesterday catching up on my sleep between editing haha. Finally finished up this morning.
More moths without IDs than I would like, and some of them I know I recognize, I just can't place the name to the face. BUT this is good for me too! Going to get out my books today, and start trying to narrow down some of them. It's a huge, and wonderful learning experience.
Thanks to everyone that helps or leaves feedback, as always!
Ash

Anotado en martes, 29 de junio de 2021 a las 11:47 AM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

28 de octubre de 2020

Winter is coming!

It won't be too long before it's winter again!
I definitely see very different moths this time of year. Lots and LOTS of Bicolor Sallow this year!
I hope to keep seeing them for a couple more weeks before it starts snowing!
Was super excited to see a Giant Water Scavenger Beetle that had flown in to Walmart's lights as well. It was a cool first for me!
Hope everyone is well.
Ash

Anotado en miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2020 a las 07:26 PM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 55 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

16 de agosto de 2020

8/16/20

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of fall!
We finally got some rain here, and boy has it been a downpour that we've badly needed! It was so dry for weeks, that I had to keep watering the garden!
Hopefully I'll still get a night on one of my days off here where I can moth a bit more before it gets too cold.
Fall is starting in, and you can see that the maple trees are starting to get a bit of color. Hoping to see a bit of my garden cold crops grow in before the snow starts in!
Mothing has been going really well. Before National Moth Week, our regional checklist was at 760 species on BAMONA. When I get Research Grade over here, I move the data over to there as well, and since then, we hit our goal of 800, and are sitting at 804 Species! That's a HUGE jump!
It's really made possible by people here on INaturalist helping us out with IDs, and we greatly appreciate it.
Our new goal is 1000! I think we can do it, if we're still making leaps and bounds of this sort!
Thank you ALL again!
Ash

PS The following are all moths that still need Research Grade, if anyone has time to peek!

Anotado en domingo, 16 de agosto de 2020 a las 11:28 AM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 326 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de agosto de 2020

8/9/20

Did my yearly visit to the Eastern Shore. Unfortunately I didn't really get out. The beach I usually visit was disgustingly packed. A beach that normally maybe has 10 cars, was packed bumper to bumper, on both sides of the road. We didn't stay, so of course, I didn't get to examine the wildlife this year.
I did one night of mothing with my blacklight, and sheet. It was full of bees, wasps, and thrips. I got a few cool moths, but I finally called it quits when one of the others flew in my eye and stung me right below it. Ouch!
After that I think my motivation was pretty low. I did a few laps around the horse pasture. There wasn't much rain, so there were very few dragonflies to examine. It was a very BLAH vacation. I'll get the pics gone through soon.
I didn't even bother heading up to Assateague. Thought about it, was going to, and just couldn't get the motivation or time to go.
Tried to avoid people to the best of my ability.
Enjoyed spending time with my family as always, and I hope everything else can eventually go back to normal.
Hope everyone is doing well, and had a great moth week!
Ash

Anotado en domingo, 09 de agosto de 2020 a las 03:25 PM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de julio de 2020

Moth Week Winding Down!

Last day of National Moth Week! I think I've photographed at LEAST 325 moths for the event! I'm up to date with all my uploads, minus the ones I need to move over to BAMONA later as they get to be research grade.
Again, I really appreciate everyone that has helped me make IDs!
I've had a couple of extra nights to participate, thanks to having to quarantine for a few days (at least til I get my test results back.)
My sleep schedule is all over the place though! Yesterday I meant to take a nap at 4pm, but I woke up at 12! Stayed up til 2 making trips out to my sheet. It was wet, as it rained earlier in the day, so there wasn't a LOT but I still got a good many!
Back to bed, and up again at 5 to make one last trip out, and to put my light away before it starts raining again!
Hope everyone else is having a great moth week!
Love,
Ash

Anotado en sábado, 25 de julio de 2020 a las 11:11 AM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

21 de julio de 2020

It's National Moth Week!

It's one of my favorite times of year, and i've been busy busy busy the last couple of nights! I'm so glad I got a few days to seriously participate this year.
I have to go back to work tomorrow, but I hope I can still get a few more in this week!
Next year I think I may try to schedule my vacation time on top of it, so I can ride the whole week out!
Wake up every couple of hours of the night for photography, edit during the day, and try not to fall asleep in my cereal bowl in the morning right? Hahahah.
I want to again sincerely thank everyone that helps me out with identifications!
I've seen so many cool new moths, and I can't wait to get the ones I can get Research Grade over on BAMONA as well!
Right now I'm running with a black light and a sheet in the back yard. I may buy a second one, it's done such a good job!
Even if I don't make it for moth week, I may try to do a night on another property before the summer is out. Different habitat, so hopefully I'll get some different moths!
I hope everyone is well, and safe this summer!
Ash

Anotado en martes, 21 de julio de 2020 a las 11:54 AM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de junio de 2020

Polyphemus Moth Egg Fertilization

So I want to ask if anyone knows the process for Polyphemus Moth egg fertilization?
Are they only fertilized as they are being laid (via stored sperm), or are they fertilized in the main body cavity?
Less of a journal, and more of a learning opportunity on my end!

Anotado en viernes, 19 de junio de 2020 a las 09:06 PM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

02 de junio de 2020

Finally Warming Up!!!

What a mess this year has been!
Between the cold and wet, and the coronavirus, what a heck of a year it's been so far.
Seems to finally be warming up outside.
I've trying to get out, but some days when I'm off work, its just hard to get motivated, especially when its cold!
I've been on a few casual walks. Realizing at some point I REALLY need to invest in a new telefoto zoom lens, as a lot of my far off pics are extremely low quality. I've had my eye on one for a while, I'm just procrastinating a bit longer haha.
I got sick in February, and still haven't gotten over it entirely. 4 months later, I'm on an inhaler twice a day still. Got the antibody test, but was negative, so who knows what it was!
There are lots of things I want to get out and look at, so I really need to get a move on.
One of the things was a Jack in the Pulpit that someone identified as quinatum. I had photographed it a few years back, and didn't realize it had five leaves. Now I'm going to have to go back and see if I can find it again, because that one isn't on our state checklist from what I understand.
I also really want to see if I can find an Appalachian Swallowtail. Personal goals sigh
On another note, I invested in better internet! This should really help with motivating me to upload more! I don't have to wait forever and a day to upload a few photos! It's been really nice so far.
I hope everyone else is doing well!
Ash

Anotado en martes, 02 de junio de 2020 a las 11:18 AM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

28 de marzo de 2020

It's Finally Spring!

What a heck of a month its been! Being an essential worker in retail has been a heck of a time. It's been an emotional whirlwind.
Taking a little break at the moment, trying to get over an illness.
I stepped outside yesterday, and realized it was warm! Somewhere between here and February, Spring finally came along! So I turned on my black light last night, and managed to get a few visitors! I'm so excited to start a new mothing season!
I'm also going to try to go on a short walk within the next week to photograph wildflowers. It's that time of year again, and I can't get behind on my Claytonia observations!
I hope everyone is safe and well, and getting through this crazy time!
-Ash

Anotado en sábado, 28 de marzo de 2020 a las 09:03 PM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 6 observaciones | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

18 de marzo de 2020

Great News During A Rough Time!

Obviously we're all in the midst of being affected by this Coronavirus. It's never been a better time to go on a walk in the middle of nowhere, or to work on photos!
I hope that you are all doing well, and that everyone is able to purchase the things that they need for daily life in the middle of all this chaos.

I have Maryland Biodiversity Project on Facebook, and discovered that they DO have a project here on inaturalist.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/maryland-biodiversity-project

However, sightings were originally by curator-add only. I sent them a message requesting that they open the project, so that the curator wouldn't be under so much pressure to sift through and add endless sightings.

The curator got back to me, and Maryland Biodiversity Project is now open to anyone who wants to join, and add sightings!

I'm not sure of the specifics at the moment, but my sightings were not auto-added. I manually added all of my research-grade sightings, and asked if they would like 'needs id' sightings as well.

If anyone would like to know how to manually add sightings for this project:
Step 1: Join Project!
Step 2: View your list of observations https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/(your name)
Step 3: Click Search
Step 4: Change "place" to Maryland, and choose the "Research Grade" option.
Step 5: Click Search again to narrow the results
Step 6: Click "Batch Edit" at the top of the screen next to the "Add Observations" button.
Step 7: To the right of the cream colored "Edit Selected" button you will see a "Select" section. Click All. All boxes next to your sightings should be checkmarked at this point.
Step 8: Further to the right, click "Add to Project".
Step 9: Find Maryland Diversity Project in the dropdown, and click the "Add" button next to it!

This is a really simple way to add up to 200 observations at a time!

On another note, I've spotted my first moths of the year! Hurray!

Bless you all in these rough times!
-Ash

EDIT:
I just asked, and non-research grade are welcome as well!

Anotado en miércoles, 18 de marzo de 2020 a las 05:08 PM por dreadhorn dreadhorn | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario