Journal archives for April 2020

April 14, 2020

Spring mothing - have you tried bait?

I haven't yet, but I noticed some interesting observations recently at bait and I asked Stuart Tingley (@stubirdnb) about his observations, and he sent the following:

"All of the 'serious' moth people here in NB always bait in spring. My first moths are almost always at bait before any appear at the lights. The first moth reports here almost always come from maple syrup producers who find moths getting into their sap buckets before anyone sees any at their lights. The bait is also great for attracting early beetles, day and night.

I'm not fussy about bait recipes. I mash up a couple of ripe or overripe bananas, add a few tablespoons of brown sugar and sprinkle in a teaspoon or so of powdered yeast. I think it works best if you let it sit in a sealed container at room temperature for a couple of days but sometimes I use it fresh and it still works. If it gets too runny I just add some oatmeal to thicken it up. We have a woodlot just 75 meters from the house and I bait a half dozen deciduous tree trunks along the edge or just inside the forest. I usually reapply every couple of days or right after it rains or snows.

All the best!


I spoke to Dave Beadle about this topic and he passed along a suggestion from Mary Gartshore - she has had success getting pinions and sallows on small branches, as well as the trunk. So try different spots on the tree as well.


Posted on April 14, 2020 03:22 by dkaposi dkaposi | 3 comments | Leave a comment

April 16, 2020

DIY Entomology - info on collecting, pinning, labeling, dissecting etc.

There are over 400 members of the moths of Ontario project now (thanks to all of you who have joined!), and there are a variety of ways that people approach this hobby. Many of us just take photos, but some are collecting specimens. For those who have an interest in collecting, here are a couple of places to find excellent information on various aspects of the subject.

Mark Read (@markread) alerted me to a new series of videos from Kyhl Austin (@kyhlaustin) at Cornell. Kyhl released a series of videos on collecting, identifying, sexing and dissecting moths, with a focus on pining micro moths:

There are multiple other options with related content, and this series from Oregon State University has a broader taxa focus, but there are many components related to moths and butterflies, as well as a video on creating labels:

Please share any other suggestions in the comments section.

Posted on April 16, 2020 01:07 by dkaposi dkaposi | 0 comments | Leave a comment