Monthly Archives: July 2012
Here are some of my favorite shots from blacklighting last night.
Moths and other insects swarming around the light.
A pretty golden eyed lacewing (family Chrysopidae)- I haven’t seen one of these insects in a while.
A cute little mantisfly (family Mantispidae)! I love these guys. Who can resist those mischievous eyes and raptorial forelegs?
I called this moth the “fuzzy monster”. I’m having a hard time identifying this one, since I only got a shot of the legs and not the tops of the wings. Any guesses?
Especially to spiders!
This is the goldenrod crab spider, Misumena vatia, with what appears to be a June beetle in the genus Maladera or Serica.
And a beautiful nursery web spider in the genus Pisaurina, with a beat-up moth I couldn’t ID.
I went blacklighting last night with a group of entomologists, looking for more Acronicta females. I got a few, as well as some males of Acronictinae species I had never caught before – so that was exciting. And of course, I wandered off to explore the insect life in the woods at night. These two spiders were caught in the midst of dinner – we tried to photograph them without disturbing them too much. The second one was close to the sheet, taking advantage of the fact that we had attracted so many moths.