As one of my goals for the new year, I’d like to resume some sort of regular content on this blog. I started out last winter doing periodic “how-to” posts in moth identification and mothing in general. Those sort of fell by the wayside as I got busier in the spring. I don’t know that I want to commit to that level of content, though I’ll perhaps try to periodically do something appropriate to the season.
Instead, I thought I would try to post a photo of a moth a day, including its name and habitat. I take photos for all the moths I catch (quite often, these are what I use to identify them), and I’ve tallied some 500+ species now. So I should be able to post a unique species, without duplication, for probably two years when allowing for new additions I expect I’ll get over that same time period. And there’s so much diversity out there! I did try this last year, too, and did about four; I think I was a little over-ambitious with my accompanying text. So this will mostly just be a photo-based effort. I’ll link to the BugGuide.net species page where you can go for more info.
I didn’t know where to start; I have lots of favourites among my 500-odd species. So I took my spreadsheet of observations and created a randomized list of species. The one it picked as species #1 was the above, Morrison’s Sallow. Interestingly, this was also the first moth of the spring last year.
Late fall-early spring. Sometimes encountered on warm winter evenings.