Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The Biodiveristy of Moths
So you think moths are boring, huh? Well, so did I- that was until I really started looking at them. Why my change? Once Jim Bissell from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History mentioned that someone had documented over 200 species of moths from a tiny property on Kelleys Island. Second, my need to quench my thirst for biodiversity after moving to suburbia about a year ago. And third, Seabrooke Leckie's the North American Backyard Moth Inventory.
When we were in Maine, when everyone was headed to bed, and I told my mother-in-law to not turn off the outside lights because I wanted to photograph moths, I think I puzzled her more than a little bit. She was off to bed, and if I wanted to photograph the moths of the north woods, I could go about my business. And what diversity there was. I was fairly exhausted when I took these shots, and the next time we're in Maine, I'll take more time to compose each shot- the point here? To get everyone out to look at moths. Theirs colors, shapes, and patterns are exquisite, and they're ridiculously easy to photograph. Just "leave the light on for them" just like Tom Bodet used to say in the Motel 6 commercials.