It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the last National Moth Week, but time flies when you’re having fun – and spending time in the natural world sure is fun. One of my fun things is capturing and photographing moths.
Some moths are active during daylight and can be found and photographed then, but to really see the variety and beauty of moths it’s best to turn on an outside light at night. The vast majority of moths are active only at night and many are easily attracted by artificial lights.
National Moth Week begins on Saturday, that’s an excellent excuse to turn on the porch light and occasionally step outside to see which moths have been drawn to the light. I catch them in old pill bottles, put them in the refrigerator overnight and photograph them in the morning. Here’s a selection of moths from the lights on our house –
Wherever there are plants there are moths: city, town, country and wilderness. If you leave the porch light on they will come.