Not so public mothing events in DFW/North Central TX...

Soooo, we had a few mothing events in DFW on the books, and as expected, most are cancelled. There's one left that I know of. It's at Acton Nature Park on Saturday, July 25. It's not really a public event - instead, it's going to just focus more on collecting some data to compare it with the other year's events... If you're coming, we'll maintain social distance and wear masks when necessary.

LLELA mothing event on Thursday, August 6th!

Also, to celebrate @wildcarrot 's return to TX, I'd like to plan one at LBJ grasslands in August or so. :)

Anyone else know of others?

Also, let me know if you're planning/wanting to come to the Acton Nature Park. :)

Moths of DFW:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=57484&subview=grid&taxon_id=47157&view=species&without_taxon_id=47224,47654

Posted by sambiology sambiology, July 04, 2020 23:17

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I'll be at Acton!

Posted by k8thegr8 about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thanks, Sam, for letting me know! I'll be playing it by ear on going to this event based on my work schedule. I'll let you know when I know for sure.

Posted by lovebirder about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Count on me to be at Acton!

Posted by annikaml about 1 month ago (Flag)
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It's on my calendar, but I won't know for sure until it gets closer. Does anyone know if Dogwood Canyon on the 18th is confirmed cancelled?

Posted by kimberlietx about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Put me down for Acton

Posted by catenatus about 1 month ago (Flag)
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It's on my calendar, but I'm not sure if I can make it. I'll do my best!

Posted by lorainedg about 1 month ago (Flag)
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@mikef451 If you are up for a drive...

Posted by kimberlietx about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Never been to Acton! Count me in!

Posted by tadamcochran about 1 month ago (Flag)
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@kimberlietx Thanks, that sounds really interesting, but I believe it is unlikely I can attend.

Posted by mikef451 about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the update. I will be putting out my moth light and do what I have in the past. May put up a few live feeds and stuff for a few nights. Still going to celebrate Moth Week just will do it at home. I don't think I will attend the one in Acton. So sad that we will not be able to get together this year. Really sad about it. Feels like forever since I have seen you guys. Stay safe my friends.

Posted by galactic_bug_man about 1 month ago (Flag)
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I will definitely try to be there.

Posted by brentano about 1 month ago (Flag)
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I'm interested!

Posted by bosqueaaron 29 days ago (Flag)
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Hey all! So, Saturday's still on at Acton. I've been asked that each person that comes has a mask -- you don't have to wear it the whole time, but we should try our best to social distance. I'll bring all of my gear, so there should be around 6 set ups -- if you have your own set up, feel free to bring it.

Also, another event just popped up! August 6th at LLELA! It's a Thursday evening, but they're curious about the prairie nocturnal insects. So, we'll set up some stations in the prairie. If you're able to come to that one, please let me know. :)

Aaaaand @wildcarrot is coming home one of these days, so we'll try to find a date to set up some mothing at LBJ grasslands. :)

Posted by sambiology 22 days ago (Flag)
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Thanks, Sam. Does Acton have electricity?

Posted by tadamcochran 22 days ago (Flag)
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Thanks Sam for the update. I will see what I can do no promises but I will try to get out there maybe in August and see what is what. Again no promises.

Posted by galactic_bug_man 22 days ago (Flag)
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I'm on for LLELA. And of course, mask/social distancing.

Posted by annikaml 22 days ago (Flag)
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Looking like I’m going to miss Acton.... but I’m free Thursdays so definitely going to plan on LLELA

Posted by catenatus 22 days ago (Flag)
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Yeah, electricity at Acton, but not on the prairie at LLELA. :) We'll see what shows!

And if you're not able to make it, totally ok -- it's such a weird year. Of course, there will be LOADS of mothing events in the future. No doubt. :)

By the way, I keep forgetting to put in the link, but here are the top 500 documented moths in DFW:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=57484&subview=grid&taxon_id=47157&view=species&without_taxon_id=47224,47654

Posted by sambiology 22 days ago (Flag)
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I still plan to come to Acton. Not sure about LLELA but dang I would love to do that. Have to see if I can come in late to work next day.

Posted by brentano 22 days ago (Flag)
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@sambiology What time does this kick off? Sunset is about 8:33 pm on Saturday.

Posted by lovebirder 22 days ago (Flag)
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change of plans I’m planning on Acton again :)

Posted by catenatus 22 days ago (Flag)
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So each of these events you can show up whenever you'd like to! :) I'll likely be at each spot at around 7ish or so. Temps should be in the 90's, so niiiiice and cool. Bring a jacket. ;)

Posted by sambiology 21 days ago (Flag)
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I'll be at both but I'll be late to LLELA. Yay!

Posted by k8thegr8 21 days ago (Flag)
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I'll be at Acton for sure and, at this point looks like LLELA also. In addition to that, I've got a nice, isolated 20 acre spot out here in Bosque County just begging to be "mothed". Let me know if anyone is up for that sometime soon. Here's the location.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/31%C2%B047'01.2%22N+97%C2%B047'08.4%22W/@31.788847,-97.7809329,14z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d31.7836674!4d-97.7856747
Shortgrass prairie, hills, creek, ponds.

Posted by bosqueaaron 20 days ago (Flag)
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I'll miss you all for the late July & early Aug mothing events, but I know you guys will find amazing stuff and can't wait to see it! We're planning on making the long drive back to Texas on August 13th. I can't wait to see everyone!

Posted by wildcarrot 19 days ago (Flag)
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I'm not going to make it tonight, but LLELA, maybe... Find some good stuff!

Posted by lovebirder 18 days ago (Flag)
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Hey all, just got word back from the LLELA folks -- it's still on for Thursday evening! :) We'll be doing the blacklighting in the prairie area towards the east side of the property... It's a bit different than the normal entrance spot. Essentially, it's off of 121 and Fish Hatchery Road, by Lewisville Independent School District Outdoor Learning Area (LISDOLA). Here's the google map spot:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lewisville+Independent+School+District+Outdoor+Learning+Area+(LISDOLA)/@33.0504249,-96.9380899,1051m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xd498ca320908b780!8m2!3d33.0503259!4d-96.9367189

There's a gate there that we'll meet. I'll be there at around 6:30/7 pm.

A couple things asked: if you are going to attend, let me know (either text or message: 214 215 5605), so I'll have a contact. Also, masks are required this time, so be sure to bring that. The LLELA folks will do a little facebook live video too, and there may be a few UNT folks as well.

No electricity there, but I'll have my 6 stations set up, and if you have or want to bring a portable one, feel free to (but you don't have to!). May not be too too many spots to hang sheets, so it may be a bit of 'ground sheeting!' :)

Woo hoo! Gonna be fun!

Posted by sambiology 7 days ago (Flag)
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I'll be there, I'll txt you tomorrow. =)

Posted by k8thegr8 7 days ago (Flag)
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I will be there tonight!

Posted by lulubelle 7 days ago (Flag)
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Sorry guys. I won't make it tonight. See ya'll on the next one!

Posted by tadamcochran 6 days ago (Flag)
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not going to make it tonight. I’ll have to catch up at Meaghan’s welcome home party

Posted by catenatus 6 days ago (Flag)
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We missed those of you that weren't able to make it to LLELA... It was mighty windy though, so only a few large moths showed up. Lots and lots and lots of leafhoppers did though!

The LLELA folks were mentioning that they wanted to do it again in a month or so, only a bit closer to the forest area. So, stay tuned for details on that!

Also, @bosqueaaron -- are there any days that you or that landowner would be ok with us doing some blacklighting down in your neck of the woods??? Saturday Aug 29 or Sat Sep 5 (just tossing those dates out there)??? Obviously all of my programs have been cancelled or are online now, so my calendar is relatively open, especially on weekends!!! :)

And yep, we need to find a date to do the @wildcarrot welcome back party at LBJ! :)

Posted by sambiology 5 days ago (Flag)
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Unable to make it last night, but I am looking forward to the next one!

Posted by lulubelle 5 days ago (Flag)
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@sambiology I'll check on those dates and let you know!

Posted by bosqueaaron 1 day ago (Flag)

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