Interested in Moths
This year I would like to branch out and start looking for moths at night. I have seen some of the day-flying ones, but now am looking into set-ups to attract and view/photograph the night flying ones in my yard.
I got the itch after looking over a really cool blog the past few days. I don't know if the creators ever post here or not. It is http://www.aprairiehaven.com/. I don't even remember how I ended up there, but it is really inspiring. They bought a 450 acre old dairy farm in west central Wisconsin and for over 10 years have been converting it back to its more natural state.
They photograph and document all the varied wildlife there. On the right side of the page there is a section "Farm Inventory" with an amazing display of moths. I think they use a white sheet and black lights to attract and more easily photograph them. The "inventory" is really impressive.
I am also interested in what they are doing because they are in Buffalo county which is just west of where most of my extended family has lived for generations. My grandparents and great-grandparents were dairy farmers there. The dairy farm itself has been sold and is no longer operational. But, family members still own and live on much of the farmland and lease out fields to other farmers. It is really beautiful there and they want to preserve some of the land and stop it from being built up in the future. It would be wonderful to convert some of it back to a more natural state I think.
I got a little off topic there I think. :) Back to the moths. Do any of you have setups to attract moths and photograph them? I don't want to trap them or anything, just temporarily view them and try to get some photos.