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Old 02-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #11
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LOVE Jim McCormac's blog--I've been following it for quite a while.
So, I'm going to see you at Mothapalooza, right?
Mothapalooza!

The very sad part is it is looking like I won't be there. The Boss has stated that a family vacation is a higher priority. I figured I'd make Mothapalooza the first leg of the vacation but complications are making that less likely.

The area is fantastic for moths and butterflies. I was down there a few years ago for a butterfly expedition led by Jaret Daniels (U of Florida entomologist and author of Butterflies of Ohio). Rained, so I saw few butterflies (had to live vicariously through all the pics that had been taken the day before). At night, I got to see moths come to a collection sheet like I had seen only on the internet (that means the sheet was loaded with moths). The highlight was seeing my first tulip tree moth.

Mothapalooza will have top lepidopterists and top Ohio naturalists in the best area of Ohio to see lepidoptera. I highly recommend going.
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This is a great find!!!! I’d absolutely LOVE going to this but…. my husband doesn’t want me going anywhere by myself anymore…. especially when I’d be so far from home. It’s an overnighter too so it’d be nice sharing the costs of a hotel room…. with a female member…. not that he would mind me driving down with any of the men here…. he wouldn't.... we just couldn’t share a room is all. Is there anyone who’d like to go who could use a lift down>>>? I’d be so happy getting a travel companion I’d drive and I’d be happy footing the bill for the gas!!! I’d really love to go…. I know so little about moths except that they could sure use a helping hand just like butterflies are getting and I REALLY enjoy seeing them flitting around on warm summer nights. I can’t see how beautiful they are in such low levels of light but…. just knowing they’re out and about because they’re attracted to something I’ve planted makes me happy. Anywhooo…. I’d like to go to this so bad I’m pert near peeing in my pants so if anyone could “escort” me so I could go….. I’d be happier than a little piggy in you know what!!!! Oh oh oh…. I’m a decent driver…. no accidents and no tickets in decades…. I will admit to taking the speed limit and adding 10 to 15 on interstates but I wouldn’t do that if somebody had a problem with that.
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KC> You rock!!!! I’ve wanted to do this ever since I 1st saw it advertised a coupla years ago. When our boys were younger and still at home…. we draped a sheet over a folding card table and I have to tell you…. I DID see moths I’d never seen before so thank you thank you thank you for mentioning that…. I really need to do that again…. just for me and my husband…. I’ve got a white sheet already and project lights and a heavy duty extension cord so it won’t cost me a dime!!!

adding something.... Rebek> if you can go and if I can find somebody to drive down with me.... you can share a room with me so we could cut costs if you want!!! Oh man oh man.... I wanna go to this sooooooo bad!!!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #13
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I thought you might like these articles. They are about a McDonalds that is west of Columbus. I go there 5 to 7 times a year to see what moths I can find. My lunas and imperials are from gravid females I caught there.

Bright lights, big moths | The Columbus Dispatch


Huge moth makes rare appearance | The Columbus Dispatch
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At night, I got to see moths come to a collection sheet like I had seen only on the internet (that means the sheet was loaded with moths).
I saw a moth sheet demonstrated one night in Costa Rica a couple of years ago. As if that weren't awesome enough, the following morning, tons of insectivorous birds came in at dawn to gorge themselves on the feast!
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So, I'm going to see you at Mothapalooza, right?
Mothapalooza!

The very sad part is it is looking like I won't be there.
I'M GOING TO MOTHAPALOOZA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Played the "Father's Day Weekend" card and it worked. Unfortunately, two of the field trips my buddy is going on are full so I'll just have to make new friends.
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At night, I got to see moths come to a collection sheet like I had seen only on the internet (that means the sheet was loaded with moths).
A few internet examples:

The Moths of Southeastern Arizona

http://www.thaibugs.com/wp-content/gallery/moths-gen/angkhang-moths.jpg

Arizona: Beetles, Bugs, Birds and more: Black Lights to draw Moths and the Public

Moths, Cicadas, and other tropical nocturnal insects picture | stock photos Profimedia #0071478680 | 42-25132543
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I was looking for this Mothapalooza thread!!!! I want to go soooooooo bad I can taste it and now somebody from here is going for sure!!!! I've got to start begging somebody to drive with me who would like an event like this!!!! This is too good to pass up!!!

adding a link to the dates, http://www.mothapalooza.org/styled/
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I had a great time at Mothapalooza. Saw lots of moths, believe it or not. My favorite find was actually a mantis fly that was on an oak leaf hanging next to my room's balcony. The find that most impressed me was someone in my group somehow spotted a couple of 5th instar pipevine swallowtail cats on Virginia snakeroot. We were in the middle of a dense field. These cats were near the ground on a plant that had two leaves left. Amazing that someone spotted these two cats.

I got to see a bunch of eastern tailed blues having a puddle club. I was hoping to see a puddle club of bigger butterflies but it did not happen. Closest I came was four zebra swallowtails in close proximity sucking minerals in a gravel lot.

I had a BIG dung beetle (Genus Dichotomius - species unknown) fly into me while I was under a streetlight. Picked him up to show my fellow mothers. Could not believe how strong its legs were. Had a heckuva time keeping it in my hand.

I believe the big find of the weekend was a pine devil moth. One of the light traps caught a pine devil on Friday night. The last time this moth was seen in Ohio was 1972.

The attendee list was quite impressive. I got seven of my books signed by their authors. I was surprised that I got to have my Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America signed. I had no clue that the author, Eric Eaton, was going to be there. Turns out he is a friend of one of my friends.

First picture is of a plume moth sharing a flower with a bee. The bee was not interested in sharing and kept bothering the moth. Second pic is the zebra swallowtails. Third pic is a dot lined white moth looking at you, if you can see the eyes on this fuzzy guy. Those are its front legs sticking out at you. Last picture is the mantis fly.
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LOVE Jim McCormac's blog--I've been following it for quite a while.
Here is his Mothapalooza recap blog:
Mothapalooza: a recap - Ohio Birds and Biodiversity
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I REALLY wanted to go to this bad and your updates make me cringe over not getting to go. Really nice photos you brought home and excellent comments about the event. Is there any way you can update this thread with the dates for 2014 soon as you know them so I can have time to find somebody to go with me next year please? I really don't want to miss out on going again. Is Mothapalooza held in the same month every year so at least I would have an idea of when to expect it?
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