I’ve been setting up my blacklight in my yard every night for three and a half weeks now and check on it periodically throughout the evening. It’s been an interesting experience and I’ve learned a lot of new things about insect behaviors that I didn’t know before by watching the things that come to my light. However, what I’ve really been hoping for is just one big moth. My backyard is all grass except for a row of non-native privet hedges, so it’s not an ideal habitat for most big things. Still, I finally got one big moth last night:
A tulip tree silkmoth! These are large, beautiful moths that come out a little earlier in the evening than a lot of the other large moths. Indeed, this one showed up on the sheet about 10:30PM. It was still on my sheet this morning, so I picked it up to move it to the bushes so it wouldn’t be quite so conspicuous to my dogs. It eventually flew off. What a lovely thing to see!