black lighting

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gcsnelling
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black lighting

Post by gcsnelling » July 5th, 2018, 3:44 pm

Decided to break down the other night and do some black lighting in the local swamp. It was hot, it was muggy and even though I found nothing totally outrageous it was not a bad evening.
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The Male Lucanus capreolus always wanted to be the center of attention.
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Male Lucanus capreolus, were quite common.
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Numerous small scarab species, but this the most interesting of the bunch, Phileurus valgus.
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Prionus imbricornis was very common.
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Macronychus glabratus, a riffle beetle.
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Parandra polita, a rather unusual Cerambycid
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And the male Dobsonfly
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Owlfly
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Neotridactylus apicialis (Larger Pygmy Mole Grasshopper)
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Mostly giant mayflies, it's that time of the year.
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Reddish brown stag beetles and a female eastern Dobson fly.
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My trusty steed.

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BillMcGighan
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Re: black lighting

Post by BillMcGighan » July 14th, 2018, 6:35 pm

Thanks for this post.
That's absolutely spectacular, Gordon

You could title the pic with the female Dobson Fly and the beetles "Jaws"... :thumb:

gcsnelling
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Re: black lighting

Post by gcsnelling » July 15th, 2018, 4:22 am

Thanks, it was interesting that those three male stags hung out for so long with out bickering. The jeep works out pretty good as a place to hang the light although it has nothing to clamp the sheet on to so I have to rely on rocks to hold it in place.

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Re: black lighting

Post by rtdunham » July 15th, 2018, 2:42 pm

So where's your "local swamp"? State?

gcsnelling
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Re: black lighting

Post by gcsnelling » July 18th, 2018, 2:20 am

NE Arkansux, Saint Francis sunken lands

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