יולי 06, 2020

My moth education

Most of the moths I’ve been photographing are on our front porch. This has been an unplanned covid-19 project. Each evening, I walk the dog, then see who is hanging around the light. The diversity has surprised me. Taking a reasonable photograph at night with the iPhone is a challenge, especially for the ones that are smaller than 1 cm.

One surprise has been that my reflex to retreat or swat at moths flapping around my face seems to have retreated. Last night, this guy (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52139137) was very determined to flirt with me, landing on my neck and in my hair before settling on the door to pose for a photograph.

There is also a dark fishing spider who I see ever few days, keeping his eye on the situation (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/48871206). It’s a bit intimidating, but also rather beautiful.

For a while, Paul Hebert was using the metaphor of “turning a light on for biodiversity” in his talks. It’s fun to be doing that. It makes me want to learn more about how these creatures spend their lives.

פורסם ב יולי 06, 2020 01:06 אחה"צ על־ידי keith_seifert keith_seifert | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

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