Category Archives: Black lighting

Improvise

When you accidentally pull down the rain gutter while trying to set up your sheet for black lighting, you need to come up with a new plan.

I realized I have a clothes hanger thing I never use, so I set it up on my porch and draped the sheet over it, securing it with clothes pins. I then used my garden hook (formerly used to hang a bird feeder) to hang the black light in front of it.

And I got moths! No Acronicta yet, but I am hopeful.

A giant water bug flew in late last night, making quite a ruckus buzzing around the sheet and my screen door. I put him (or her?) in a critter keeper with water temporarily, I might keep it as a pet. They do great when fed feeder goldfish from the pet store.

I also got quite a few large craneflies. I caught a few, uhh, in the act. This will be a great addition to the book my friend and I are (half jokingly, half realistically) planning to write about insect mating positions.

Ryerson Lab

Functional Morphology, Sensory Biology, Behavior, Biomechanics

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