“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher”
If novelty in nature is your thing and like me you relish any opportunity to immerse yourself in her variety, color, shape, form and function than I suspect you’ll enjoy this presentation. With 110,000 species of moth worldwide (+/- 2,000 in the Garden State) one can be kept pretty entertained during sleepless nights attracting, keying, and trying to get a peek into their secret lives. Under appreciated cousins of butterflies’ moths are truly the silent majority of the Stygian world.
I myself have only just begun this journey into the world of the moth and am anxious to share my budding knowledge with anyone who will listen. “Leping”, as it’s sometimes called (playing on the word for people who study moths and butterflies – Lepidopterist) has become an addiction of sorts for me recently – more late hours and nights than I would like to confess.
I have learned much about the hidden lives of these fascinating critters in the wee of morning. As a bonus prize for my efforts I've also been acquainted with other nocturnal moth brethren - bizarrely alien six-leggers disoriented to my sodium vapor light. But I’m humbled for sure about all I still don’t know. On any given night I bear witness with childhood wonderment to new species, species that have lived amongst me my whole life who I’m meeting for the first time. Newcomers like the mantisfly shown in the upper right of this page - bizarrely whackified!
My goal is to make this the quickest hour long presentation of your life as you sit and relax to the panoply of moth-forms I will share with you, images taken from a multitude of varied landscapes found in New Jersey.
Along the way I hope to instill the basics of moth biology, provide you with a few cool factoids about individual species, and provide you with the necessary tools to spend a little nocturnal time enjoying for yourself these nighttime jewels.
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