Sun, 06/25/2017
Dark moth with yellow stripes on leaf litter

Saturday we dropped both kids off at Camp Mowglis for seven weeks, then I rode to Jaffrey with Monty to spend Saturday night there. Weather conditions were good, but we didn't have a huge variety of moth, except for this striking one, which was in the bucket in the morning. It took some prodding to get it out of the bottom of an egg carton (seemed to want to burrow) but it gave me a good photo opportunity before crawling under the leaf litter.

Little Virgin Tiger Moth (Grammia virguncula). Jaffrey NH, 06/25/2017.

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Tue, 06/20/2017
cream/yellow moth on white background

No mothing last weekend (on call and in Somerville) but from the previous weekend, this is Yellow Slant-Line (Tetracis crocallata). Jaffrey NH, 06/11/2017.

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Wed, 06/14/2017
white moth on dark background, line on wings

Each evening in Jaffrey, the last thing to do at night is to walk around between moth light, living room doors and front door, to see what's been attracted to the lights. Sometimes the same moth will stay all night there, other times just visit for a few minutes and then be off again. This is a White Slant-Line (Tetracis cachexiata) on a painted door frame at Monty's house. 06/10/2017, Jaffrey NH.

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Mon, 06/12/2017
space-ship shaped moth on plexiglass

This is one of those moths where you glance at it and think "bet that's easy to identify": Arched Hooktip (Drepana arcuata). Jaffrey NH, 06/10/2017.

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Sun, 06/11/2017
large green moth on tree, dorsal view, large green moth, face forward view, on human fingers, white bucket, paper egg cartons, and a selection of moths

I got up to find the moth bucket having been knocked over (probably just wind); I righted it carefully, and found a beautiful male luna moth clinging to one of the cords that hold the lid on. Monty coaxed it onto his fingers to go show the kids, then we tried to settle it into his rhododendron bush. I've seen one of these before, but it was Monty's first.

Luna Moth (Actias luna), Jaffrey NH, 06/11/2017.

Addendum: I initially posted this before opening the collecting bucket, which turned out to have two more male luna moths in it - one was lively enough to take to the air in majestic style once released, the other seemed worn and at the end of its life. Other than that, last night's haul brought (by the dozen) Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae) and Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda), several of which are shown.

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Thu, 06/08/2017

Deceptive Bomolocha (Hypena deceptalis) - a moth from an evening of not very good moth hunting almost two weeks ago, but attracted to lights and found in the bucket trap. Jaffrey, NH, 05/28/2017.

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Tue, 06/06/2017

Darker Diacme (Diacme adipaloides) - came to lights, 5/27/2017, Jaffrey NH.

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Sun, 06/04/2017

From last weekend, Dark-banded Owlet (Phalaenophana pyramusalis), which came to lights and was in the bucket, despite having partially blocked the bucket entrance against the June beetles. I did moth-hunt this weekend, but it was chilly and I don't have a big variety of pictures, and fewer that I've had a chance to edit. Jaffrey NH, 05/28/2017.

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Wed, 05/31/2017
lumpy moth on white background, lumpy moth on fingertip

This moth came to lights on Saturday night, stayed the night, and needed to be removed from the sheet and relocated to a tree, the next morning. American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana). Jaffrey NH, 2017/05/28.

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Tue, 05/30/2017
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Friday night I had the sheet and moth trap out against Monty's garage door - which shelters it from the rain, but isn't a particularly good spot. The one moth that was actually in the trap in the morning was this one: Fluid Arches (Morrisonia latex). Jaffrey NH, 2017/05/27.

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