gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Tue Jan 15 15:59:09 EST 2002
Some people have all the luck. We visited an outhouse in Guanacoste,
Costa Rica where the entire bowl was filled with Africanized bees
attracted to the water.
I was always admonished that outhouse seats were a favorite habitat for
Black Widow spiders. I can't verify this personally.
Robert Thorn wrote:
> On 1/14/02 3:48 PM, "Mark Walker" <MWalker at gensym.com> wrote:
> Ron asked the perfect question for lightening up the winter
> Some of my greatest and fondest childhood collecting was
> accomplished in Barton Flats in the San Bernardino mountains
> of Southern California, circa 1968 - at a lighted outhouse.
> We camped there often, and Arctiid, Sphingid, and Geometrid
> moths were favorites (sorry Leroy, at that time a Schinia
> was part of my leg) - it's no wonder that a child can take
> such an interest in insect collecting. Perhaps it was Ron
> that said that he was first attracted to moths as a child.
> For me, it was wasps and bees - but the fascinating moths
> that showed up at that outhouse light were clearly
> responsible for much of my disease. There were also many
> Of course, as a child - who cared who might be busy using
> the facilities. That was a non issue for a kid - except
> for the gender sign. I do recall being rather discouraged
> when a particularly nice looking bug went over to the
> 'other' side. Strictly taboo to even consider violating
> that rule. Today - I'm not so sure...
> More recently, my son and I took a couple of moths from the
> lighted honeybuckets at the lower campground in Garden
> Canyon, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Yep - commode collecting can
> be very good (it's all a matter of perspective).
> Mark Walker.
> This is exactly what I admire about Marks postings:
> unabashed enthusiasm, and a literate ability to recreate
> experiences that we all have shared to one degree or
> Ive always noted the propensity of outhouses to attract
> good bugs, or as an associate once put it, all the good sh
> in one convenient place. My appreciation, though, was
> raised a notch here in Ohio when we visited campgrounds at
> several of the State parks in the forested southern portion
> of the state. If you chose the non-electrical portions of
> the campground, not only were competing lights reduced, but
> the outhouses were composting type. The odor & the lights
> proved far superior to any light traps or bait lines that I
> could muster. Their production was so fantastic that my
> daughter & son, normally uninterested in bugs, couldnt wait
> to show me some new creature they had found around the
> restroom. It seems truly ironic that a virtual cesspool, in
> the right context, might stimulate new generations of
> Rob Thorn, Gahanna, OH
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