Moth Night, July 28, 2012

Saturday evening from 8:30 to 11:15, Cecelia Mathis, Amanda Spurlin, Bill Perkins, and I used two quads of black lights and one moth sheet to do a survey of moth species in the headquarters area of Matthews State Forest. We tallied 37 species of moths, four caddis flies, a stonefly, several mayflies, and a number of false katydids. The most spectacular moths were the Bride Underwing (Catocala neogama) and Blind-eyed Sphinx (Paonias excaecata). The most interesting caddis was a colorfully marked Nectopsyche exquisita.