The Mothing Year: February 2015

February was more of the same as January, which is to say, no moths. The closest I came was spotting a small fluttering insect early in the month as I was driving after dark, but nothing showed up at the doorstep. Constant winter storms and bitter cold will do that.

Just for curiosity, I looked at previous years to see if there was any other year that had a mothless January and February. The first full year that I photographed moths was 2007. This year, 2015, was the first year since then that has lacked moths at the beginning of March (I’m not counting Webbing Clothes Moth in any of this, but I haven’t seen any of them yet this year, either).

2007 JAN: Green Cloverworm Moth Hypena scabra. FEB: none.
2008 JAN: Bicolored Sallow Sunira bicolorago, Eupsilia sp. FEB: none.
2009 JAN: none. FEB: Eupsilia sp.
2010 JAN: possible Agonopterix sp. FEB: none.
2011 JAN: none. FEB: Eupsilia sp.
2012 JAN: Eupsilia sp., Spring Cankerworm Moth Paleacrita vernata. FEB: Eupsilia sp., Spring Cankerworm Moth Paleacrita vernata, The Half-wing Phigalia titea, Toothed Phigalia Phigalia denticulata.
2013 JAN: Green Cloverworm Moth Hypena scabra. FEB: Green Cloverworm Moth Hypena scabra, Spring Cankerworm Moth Paleacrita vernata.
2014 JAN: none. FEB: nondescript brown Tortricid.

The beginning of 2012 was rather mild, so the moth season got off to a fast start that year.

The milder temperatures predicted for next week may finally get things stirring.

Advertisements