05 de enero de 2022

Sesiidae Activity Using Pheromone Lures 2021


This post is a summary of my first experience using lures to attract moths. S. sapygaeformis (Florida Oakgall Borer) was
by far the most common Sesiidae moth here with 80 observations in the fall and 3 observations in the spring. All of these
except one were observed at the Vivagrow Peachtree Borer Lure. Some of the specimens entered the trap but most of them
did not, having been observed buzzing around the trap without entering.

One observation of S. sapygaeformis was recorded at the Alpha Scents SYNEXI lure. The only other Alpha Scents lure
with positive results was the VITPOL lure with one recorded observation of V. polistiformis.

Two observations of M. calabaza were recorded in nectaring activity away from the lures.

The Vivagrow Peachtree Borer Lure is available from Amazon.com, others from AlphaScents.com.

S. sapygaeformis observation from 10/23/21 captured in trap:


Table of lures used in 2021 with recorded species:

Lure

Target Species

Date Lure Placed in Yard

Total # of observations

Observation Dates

Vivagrow Peach Tree Borer Lure #1

Synanthedon sapygaeformis (1)

4/5/21 - 6/14/21

3

4/9/21 - 4/14/21

Vivagrow Peach Tree Borer Lure #2

Synanthedon sapygaeformis

6/14/21 – 8/10/21

0

-

Vivagrow Peach Tree Borer Lure #3

Synanthedon sapygaeformis

8/10/21 – 10/2/21

35

8/14/21 – 9/30/21

Vivagrow Peach Tree Borer Lure #4

Synanthedon sapygaeformis

10/2/21 – 12/27/21

44

10/2/21 – 12/17/21

Alpha Scents SYNSCI  #1

Synanthedon scitula

4/25/21 – 5/25/21

0

-

Alpha Scents PODSYR

Podosesia syringae

5/22/21 – 6/22/21

0

-

Alpha Scents SYNPIC

Synanthedon pictipes

5/22/21 – 6/22/21

0

-

Alpha Scents VITPOL #1

Vitacea polistiformis

5/22/21 – 6/22/21

1

6/7/21

Alpha Scents MELCUC

Melittia cucurbitae

8/16/21 – 9/19/21

(2)

8/29/21 – 8/30/21

Alpha Scents SYNEXI

Synanthedon exitiosa

8/21/21 – 9/21/21

(3)

9/6/21

Alpha Scents SYNSCI  #2

Synanthedon scitula

9/12/21 – 10/15/21

0

-

Alpha Scents SACERN

Synanthedon acerni

9/19/21 – 10/26/21

0

-

Alpha Scents VITPOL #2

Vitacea polistiformis

9/21/21 – 10/31/21

0

-

Alpha Scents

PENMAR

Pennisetia marginatum

10/9/21 – 11/20/21

0

-

Alpha Scents

PODAUR

Podosesia aureocincta

10/9/21 – 11/20/21

0

-

Notes: 

  1. The Vivagrow Peachtree Borer lure targets six species of Sesiidae moths other than S. sapygaeformis.
    None of these were observed at this lure.
  2. Zero observations of M. cucurbitae.  Two observations of M. calabaza nectaring on flowers near the trap.
  3. Zero observations of S. exitiosa.  One observation of S. sapygaeformis captured in trap.
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05 de septiembre de 2020

Microscope Camera for Taking Closeup Photos of Moths

Here are some pics of my microscope camera showing how I use it for closeup shots. The microscope is an AD106S obtained from Amazon.

Here's the microscope attached to base in a normal arrangement for desktop use. This is really what I got it for - to inspect butterfly scale samples.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/j8HtZzyMFaXp3jUm7

Here's the microscope removed from the base so it can be used in handheld mode for close inspection of moths or other tiny subjects outdoors. This is okay for real-time viewing but it is nearly impossible to take clear snapshots this way.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LbBoU9GYqZTZPp6M9

Here I've rotated the microscope around, away from the base so I can hold it up against a wall & hold it steady to take photos of tiny subjects.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8goYhu5EDMN237Fe6

Same as previous pic but here I'm holding it up against a wall just like I would be using it outside to take closeup photos of moths. Sort of a mini-tripod arrangement to hold the camera steady for height adjustment and focus.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/W3PjgGUx1vyA4dM26

This photo shows the grainy quality of a photo that has been zoomed and cropped too much.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mPqrLcJaH6NxXz4c9

This microscope camera is sufficient for taking closeup photos of some moths to aid in identification but the poor quality of the photos makes it undesirable for any kind of serious research efforts.

Link to Google photo album. https://photos.app.goo.gl/erz4xVSbjM1Jub3q9

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