Moths, Alive and in Color, in All Their Diversity - The New York Times

Mr. Gowin’s notion of moths evolved with unexpected encounters in preserved meccas of biodiversity in Latin America. Moths became “real beauty, here on Earth now, and of course, impossible without the forest,” he writes. 

 Moths are most active three days before a new moon, and when it rains. It’s possible that the humidity better diffuses important pheromones, which may be more apparent the darker it is, said Christopher Grinter, an entomology collection manager at The California Academy of Sciences. During such nights, Mr. Gowin learned to embrace the moth’s mysterious universe, and it was during these dark cycles of the moon that he was able to create each index.


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