Marvelous Moths-and more!

Late winter and early spring are great times to search for some of Minnesota's enigmatic moths!  Minnesota Biological Survey entomologist Kyle Johnson starts looking for moths while there is still snow on the ground. Many species emerge at this time...even when nighttime temperatures plummet below freezing. And cool, wet spring weather doesn't seem to deter these cold-blooded critters.

This spring, Kyle has focused his moth survey work in Clearwater, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, and Koochiching counties. And getting the jump on these invertebrates as they emerge for the year has paid off, with a multitude of interesting and unusual records. Kyle describes some of his highlights in this slideshow.