End of Summer Porch Light Bug Count Seeks Citizen Participants

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm by

Bugs of the San Juans — Con­tributed photo

Bug Count host­ed by Bugs of the San Juans

Activ­i­ty for Islanders! End of Sum­mer Porch Light Bug Count! August 20 at 12 PM — August 31 at 3 PM
So, I’ve been check­ing out what insects show up at our porch light around 10:00 pm and took a short video clip last night after I’d had the light on for about 10 minutes.
Typ­i­cal­ly, I don’t like to leave the lights on all night out of con­sid­er­a­tion for neigh­bors, crit­ters, and the fact that light pol­lu­tion is a real thing. We should be con­cerned about sav­ing ener­gy too.
Plus, if the out­side sky is lit up, you can’t see the moon and the stars and that’s some­thing we just miss way too often in our busy lives. Covid is a good excuse to slow down and adopt new habits, like watch­ing for insects, stargaz­ing, etc. 
So I’m hop­ing to recruit San Juan Islanders to par­tic­i­pate in the End of Sum­mer Porch Light Bug Count! Will you con­tribute? All it costs is your time!
I’d like you to count insects for me. If you can post a short video clip (2 min­utes max) on the Bugs of the San Juans Face­book Page and maybe a com­ment about how many insects you count in a 5 minute peri­od for the next few nights, I’d real­ly appre­ci­ate it.

Maybe have a “stay up late” par­ty for your fam­i­ly and sit on your deck or porch with the light on for a bit and video, pho­to­graph, and make notes of what insects you see. Even if you aren’t cer­tain what the bugs are, but can post pho­tos, that counts!!! I’ll do my best to at least ID to insect order what you post. Please add your island (i.e. SJI, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, Wal­dron, etc. ), date of your obser­va­tions, and time of obser­va­tion if you don’t mind.
Also…spiders can be includ­ed in your count as well. Thank you so much in advance. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what YOU find.
p.s. One tip I’ve learned. LED lights don’t attract many insects. Try putting in a light bulb that will give off a bit of heat.

Bonus points if you can add in your post what light bulb you used. 

Link to: Bugs of the San Juans Face­book Page

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