Nemoria splendidaria back in the US
entomike at gmail.com
Mon Jul 19 00:51:31 EDT 2010
You might wanna try an ol' beetle collectors trick (taught to me by Ed
After a while, turn off your mercury vapor light and run a 2 foot black
light bulb. The merc often overpowers the bugs, so to speak, keeping them at
a distance. The small blacklight allows the bugs to reach your sheet...
Mike Quinn, Austin
On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM, Bruce Walsh <jbwalsh at u.arizona.edu> wrote:
> The striking green geo Nemoria splendidaria (MONA 7038), figured at
> is a bug of legend for us moth-ers here in SE Arizona. In Ferguson's
> MONA on the green geos, he lists two US records, both from the Huachuca Mts
> SE Arizona): The holotype from Palmerlee (described in 1910) and a record
> Sunnyside Canyon in 1958.
> As all great lep tales go, this one happened by accident. Tucson
> John Palting and Ray Nagle were planning on heading up to Mt Graham last
> Saturday for some lighting, a three hour drive. Running late, they decided
> collect up on Carr Canyon in the Huachucas. At around 3:30 am, a very
> pslendidaria came to the light, but settled away from the sheet, on the
> John ended up taking three more around (but never on) his sheet, and one
> in his
> trap. An outstanding record!
> Last night, I ventured back to the same location (round 7400 feet). Around
> 1:30, a splendiadaria settled on the ground about 3 feet away from my
> also very fresh. It was eventually joined by three others (the last being
> detected around 4:30 am), again, all away from the lights. My two light
> yielded three more, for a total of seven. Again, as with John's all were
> I suspect that this is not a case of splendidaria becoming reestablished,
> rather a local bug that does not come directly to light that flies (high
> elevation, start of the monsoon) at locations not generally collected.
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