Moth Collecting May Soon Be Frowned Upon

Carolyn King cking at
Fri Sep 11 15:01:39 EDT 2009

There you go again, making personal attacks based on no information 
I would expect that anyone with any conscience or understanding of 
ecosystems would choose to kill any organisms without a good reason.  We 
may differ on our assessment of the value of a particular study, but I 
hope that no one on this list disagree that "live traps are preferable".
For your information, Paul, none of our officers drives a big SUV ( or, I 
believe, a van) and car-pooling is encouraged.
Have a nice day,
p.s.  For those of you not familiar with Paul, this sort of nastiness and 
lack of accuracy is not unusual.

Paul Cherubini <monarch at> 
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09/11/09 02:34 PM
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Re: Moth Collecting May Soon Be Frowned Upon

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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