Moth Collecting May Soon Be Frowned Upon

Paul Cherubini monarch at
Fri Sep 11 13:56:03 EDT 2009

The Toronto Entomologist's Association's "Collecting
Code" says:

Ethics of collecting:

9. Light traps: live traps are preferable and should be
visited regularly and the catch should not be killed 
wholesale for subsequent examination.

So the Association is essentially saying it is unethical
to catch a bunch of moths at a light trap and kill
them for subsequent examination.

But the Association has no problem with members
or officers who drive big SUV's or Vans to butterfly 
or moth watching sites and kill twice as many leps
and other insects as those who drive compact cars.  

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.


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