Monday, November 16, 2009

Another reason to be glad the earth is not flat


Plume moth

What a dreary world it would be if we all had winter at the same time! Except for the Indian meal moths that come with my bird feed (and they don't count), I haven't seen a moth for two weeks. It's too cold, too wet. It's not going to get any better until spring. Moth season is over for BC. And this is the final "The Moth and Me" of the year.
Across the water in the UK, they're more or less at the same latitude; mothers there are shutting down, too.
All is not lost, however:

Across our southern border, in the US, the warm weather will hang on for a while; the mothers still hang out their sheets at night.
But the cold is catching up to them down there, too. Snowstorms are in the offing. Will there be moths to see in December? Of course there will! Spring is just beginning on the far side of the globe:

Looks like peacock feathers. Montana Six-plume moth.
So, for us northerners, forget the winter blues and greys, the snows and rains! What is the internet for, if not for celebrating the whole globe? Moping is for flat-earthers.

This will be the last "The Moth and Me" for 2009.  The next one, March, 2010, will be hosted by Jason, at Xenogere. Send your submissions to jason AT xenogere DOT com by March 13th. And we're looking for hosts starting April, 2010; drop Seabrooke a note if you are interested.

(Photos taken in August, at Campbell River, Vancouver Island. Thanks, Seabrooke, for the IDs.)


  1. A great selection of posts here! Fabulous job. I'll enjoy perusing them all. Thanks so much for hosting this edition.

    Can't tell you what the plume moth is, they all look the same, really. The second photo is a pyraustine, probably a Bold-feathered Grass Moth. The third one is a Montana Six-plume Moth, always love their feathered look; and the last is probably a White-shouldered House-Moth.

  2. I should add that the March edition does in fact have a host, but I still need to update the info on the webpage (which I'll do this afternoon). Posts for the March edition can be sent in by March 13 to Jason at Xenogere, jason at xenogere d0t com

  3. Thanks, Seabrooke. I'll update the post with the March info.

    I hadn't seen one of those Montana Six-plumes before, and almost missed this one in a bunch of too-small photos of a wall far above my head. I love its "peacock" look.

  4. Great collection of Blogs, i'm finding the American ones just as interesting and informative as my 'local' favourites.
    Keep up the great work and thankyou for the mention! I shall be adding some more Moths to my revolving Blogger header.


  5. Hi Susanna. Thanks for the link and the comment. You're right (sadly) about the unoriginal title, but being a predominantly birding blog I didn't want to be so obscure (I'd toyed with 'A Merveillous Night') that no-one would have a clue what I was talking about!
    I'll try harder next spring...

  6. How kind of you to mention my blog. Thank you.

    Our summer has just started so I am hoping to find many more this season.

    I must go and check out the other sites you mentioned there.

  7. Hey there - glad you liked the post on my blog. You are right that mothing has just about stopped for the year over here in the UK. Still a few species flying but as soon as we get a couple of frosts that will be it apart from a handful of species that are only active in the winter (like the aptly named December Moth and Winter Moth). Otherwise it's pretty quiet from now until February unless there is an unseasonally mild spell which lures out a few species that hibernate as adults. Here's to the spring!
    I'll be sure to come back here and browse your posts.

  8. Thank you for mentioning my blog - what a nice surprise to find your comment this morning. I am enjoying the great variety of moths that I am discovering via all the posts you have collected here - it's such an amazing (and small) world isn't it!

  9. Great edition! Thanks for including my posts.

  10. Some excellent blogs here - so much to read

  11. A nice collection W W, looking forward to the next edition, hopefully I'll be back in actio by then.

  12. I've been looking at the sites you included in your post. A lot of interesting places to visit. Thanks for including my post about the Buck Moth.

    Buck Moths have pretty much finished for this year, but as I write this, the temperature is 50 degrees and there are several small brown moths fluttering against the window screen.

  13. Hi, all! Glad you stopped by. I've bookmarked your blogs, too. You'll be seeing me around.

    Duncan, take good care of that knee. I hope it will be back to normal soon.

  14. A big hello to 'Wanderin' Weeta' from the uk - I've just come across your comment...thanks for the mention.

    Love the site.

  15. a marvelous lineup of moth topics- I haven't entered yet myself, but hope to soon. Thanks for putting this one together :)

  16. Hi, Cindy!

    I'll be looking for your photos in the March edition. I bookmarked your new moth blog and your other pages. Beautiful photography!

  17. It is indead a great collection. Beautiful captures. I never knew there are so many tipes of moths. I always associated moths with something not nice, don't know why.

  18. This is beautiful... This is beyond awesome... wooow it is just stunning and I LOVE IT !!


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