Mon, 05/29/2017
yellow moth on yellow flower

This moth came to my UV light on Saturday night, and was sitting under the lid of the trap the next morning. Looking for a place to put it (it didn't seem inclined to fly away), I found a flower that seemed about right.

Lemon Plagodis (Plagodis serinaria); Jaffrey NH, 2015/05/28.

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Mon, 05/29/2017
Small toad surrounded by grass and flowers, Black snake, coiled, small orange newt, large toad on dead leaves, white skull with plant growing out of eye socket, small yellow/brown frog on windowsill

It was a good weekend for wildlife in Jaffrey. The water snake was down by the shore of Gilmore Pond.

The beaver skull was wide out in the open, just as shown, deep in the woods.

The spring peeper was on Monty's living room window. I am now a little lost identification-wise; I thought the other frog sitting on a window (photographed last summer) was a grey tree frog, but now I think it was also a spring peeper because they seem very similar to each other. In any case, this one pretty clearly has the X mark on the back. Of course no size reference photographed with either, but the one shown is about 3/4" long. It was able to walk about a foot up the surface of the window.

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Sat, 05/27/2017
small black moth with white wing bars, on screen

This lively little moth Monty and I caught up with just outside his back door. It didn't stop long, so I had to make do with the picture I grabbed. I think it's "white-striped black" (Trichodezia albovittata). Jaffrey NH, 2017/05/27.

Last night it was rainy and I didn't get a big haul of moths; just one in the bucket (though I'll post it later) and I had hung the sheet against Monty's garage door (so I could keep the battery inside and not risk it getting rained on). Tonight, plenty of moths, but also many huge june beetles, so I am keeping the bucket trap blocked off (the big buzzy beetles will otherwise chew up any moths that get trapped with them).

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Wed, 05/10/2017
pale moth on white background

This moth came to the UV light, Saturday night in Jaffrey. Brown-shaded carpet (Venusia comptaria). Jaffrey NH, 2017/05/06.

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Tue, 05/09/2017
striped moth on ridged metal surface

Last Saturday night was a complete bust for unpacking moths from the bucket in the morning, but there were a fair number flying around the trap after dark. This seems to be Variable Carpet (Anticlea vasiliata) with the w shape in the patterning the field mark.

Jaffrey NH, 2017/05/06.

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Sun, 05/07/2017
Brown moth with line of white spots

Not 100% sure on the ID of this; there seem to be Homochlodes species that aren't reliably distinguishable (if it's one of those at all) but nearest guess for now is Pale Homochlodes (Homochlodes fritillaria).

Jaffrey NH, 2017/04/30

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Sat, 05/06/2017
mottled black/white moth on painted siding, mottled black/white moth on painted door, mottled black/white moth with ruler in cm for scale

Last weekend, lots of these moths were out at Monty's porch lights. Quite a variety of patterning. I'm out in Jaffrey again this weekend and may have some moths to find soon - last night was too cold/rainy for them, though.

The Scribbler (Cladara atroliturata), Jaffrey NH, 2017/04/28, 2017/04/29.

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Wed, 05/03/2017
large brown moth on brown fabric

This large moth, and another like it, came to lights and ended up being accidentally let into Monty's house in Jaffrey. This one is photographed on his tshirt as we scrambled to catch it.

Curve-toothed Geometer (Eutrapela clemataria), Jaffrey NH, 2017/04/28

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Mon, 05/01/2017
Brown moth, raised profile on white sheet., Brown moth, raised profile on thumb

This moth is Two-Lined Hooktip (Drepana bilineata); came to lights (found on sheet), Jaffrey, NH, 2017/04/30.

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Sun, 04/30/2017
yellow/brown/red moth on plexiglass, ruler for scale showing 21mm wingspan, Ventral view of same moth, showing similar colors, head-on view of moth showing raised abdomen, Moth on leaf, in hand

I set up my UV moth light/bucket with a sheet, next to the little stream that crosses under Monty's driveway in Jaffrey. It was quiet when I went out at midnight, and in the morning the bucket was knocked over. However, this beauty was sitting on one of the plexiglass fins above the bucket.

Straight-lined Plagodis (Plagodis phlogosaria)

Jaffrey, NH, 2017/04/30

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