CASE STUDY: Saturniidae Moth Populations in Richmond, Rhode Island Part 3

This is going to be a quick entry in this case study. As of this writing on June 27, 2021, all but a few cocoons have hatched. I have a small assortment still of cecropia, polyphemus and luna. Initially I felt that this case study was a failure about after giving it some thought, I realized that I know a lot more now than I did at the start, which should help tremendously going into 2022.

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CASE STUDY: Saturniidae Moth Populations in Richmond, Rhode Island Part 2

Cocoons and pupae I was able to obtain prior to this study were Actias luna, Hyalophora cecropia, Antheraea polyphemus, Samia cynthia and Citheronia regalis. On the last two species, I did not have high hopes of drawing in males attracted to hatched gravid females, but thought that perhaps, living so close to Connecticut, that I may be pleasantly surprised.

Citheronia regalis.
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My first book! “Do You Remember…?: A Trip Down Memory Lane for You and Your Family”

Just recently I had published my first book, one designed to help us get through the state of the world today. We all have memories; some good, some bad. We tend to want to forget the bad and cherish the good, but with our busy lifestyles it has become more and more difficult to remember. We work all day, coming home exhausted. We get caught up using technology instead of spending quality time with our loved ones. We just never seem to have a moment to just relax and think.

Once in awhile we may have a sudden flash of a memory and you ask yourself “What made me think of that?” This book helps you go beyond the sudden flash and prompts you to make the time, sit down and think back…and remember. What was your favorite Christmas gift? What was your favorite Halloween costume? Who was your favorite teacher? This and so many other questions are provided with space to write out your answers. What do you do with these answers? Appreciate them. Share them with your family. Ask your friends for their answers. Though this book is about you, it can definitely be shared on so many levels.

If you need a break with the monotony of the world, then this book can help! Ordering is easy! Just click on the book cover below! Thank you for your support.

~David Albaugh

My visit to the May Natural History Museum

Since I was seven years old, I have been fascinated with insects, especially butterflies and moths. Growing up I did have an insect collection. I would collect and mount them on pins in glass cases. As I got older though I began to appreciate the very same insects being alive. It got to a point where collecting insects no longer mattered to me, despite the importance of these collections. These days I would prefer my entomological work to be raising and releasing local butterfly and moth species, and photographing the progress.

I will never fault anyone who has and insect collection. It is in fact a very rewarding hobby. It’s just not for me, even though I do enjoy looking at other peoples’ collections. The collection at the May Natural History Museum is one such collection that I was able to ooooh and ahhhh about in 2016.

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CASE STUDY: Saturniidae Moth Populations in Richmond, Rhode Island Part 1

When it comes to insects, butterflies and moths have always been my favorite type. Nothing beats a warm summer day sitting outside, watching butterflies visit your flowers. As much as I enjoy this though, it is the giant silk moths that fly at night that I am passionate about the most.

Newly hatched Callosamia promethea female.
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BUGGY BOOK REVIEW: “Outstanding Birdwing Butterflies” by Gilles Deslisle and Jean-Pierre Sclavo

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When I became aware of this book, I became excited immediately. Birdwing butterflies have always been my favorite type of Lepidoptera, both for their amazing colors and their size. Though I am a fan of both D’Abrera’s book “Birdwing Butterflies of the World” and the series of books “A Monograph of the Birdwing Butterflies” by J. Haugum and A.M. Low, it seemed, sight-unseen, that this release would be the ultimate guide to these incredible insects.

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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Argema mittrei, the Madagascan Comet Moth

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The first time I ever saw this gorgeous species alive!

Though butterflies were my thing growing up, once I was exposed to the giant silk moths I fell in love. Living in Rhode Island, we have Hyalophora cecropia, Actias luna, Antheraea polyphemus, Callosamia promethea and Automeris io. Though these species are spectacular it wasn’t until I became exposed to the tropical species where the wow factor really started.

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BACKYARD BEAUTY

I remember when I was growing up, always wanting to be outside playing and exploring. I also remember waiting patiently at the bottom deck stair, touching the grass so that it was dry so that I didn’t track anything back into the house while I was out. Every few minutes I would run my hand through the grass readying myself to yell to my mother that the grass was finally dry. Once it was, I was nowhere to be seen. I was either in the overgrown field behind the house catching insects or I would be off to other areas in Jamestown that I knew where hot spots for cool insects.

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PROJECT SUMMER NIGHT LIGHT: Night-time Insects to Ooooh and Aaaah At!

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I fully expected a variety of small moths and beetles.

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