[tn-moths] Re: J. Merrill Lynch shared an album with you.

Kris,

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.  The variety of shapes, colors, forms, and
patterns of neotropical moths is, in a word, stunning.  The 2 nights we
spent at Serra Bonita were amazing--never had I experienced the sheer
numbers of moths that were around the sheets and in the surrounding
vegetation.  I wish I had taken a video to show the hundreds, if not
thousands, of moths that were constantly flying around the sheet, landing
on my clothes, hair, etc.  It was like being in a moth vortex!

I can truthfully say that we did not encounter a single mosquito or any
biting insect at Serra Bonita and very few anywhere else we traveled in
Brazil. We encountered chiggers and ticks at a few places but nothing as
bad as eastern North Carolina in the summer!

No immunizations are required for the part of Brazil we traveled
in--malaria is only present in the Amazon basin and we were mostly in
Bahia, Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro states in the eastern part of the
country (a good ways south of the Amazon basin).

I highly recommend Brazil for anyone into natural history (like yourself).
It's an interesting place and relatively easy to get around in.  We rented
cars and drove to all of the many parks and private nature reserves--never
had any problems although the Brazilians drive like maniacs and they don't
believe in road signs!

Merrill




On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 8:24 AM, Kris Light <klight10@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I just looked at all 804 photos and all I can say is, "WOW!!!" What an
> incredible variety of moths! I am amazed you saw that many different kinds
> in 2 nights.
>
> Did you have trouble with mosquitoes or other biting insects? What kind of
> immunizations did you have to have before you went?
>
> Thanks for sharing with the TN Moth-ers.
>
> Kris
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM, J. Merrill Lynch 
> <jmerrilllynch@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>
>>    You are invited to view J. Merrill Lynch's photo album: Moths--Serra
>> Bonita Reserve, Bahia, 
>> Brazil<https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108130407760189961725&target=ALBUM&id=5682702821557392641&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjrtMb07NDbxwE&invite=CLHDwa8G&feat=email>
>>
>> <https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108130407760189961725&target=ALBUM&id=5682702821557392641&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjrtMb07NDbxwE&invite=CLHDwa8G&feat=email>
>>  Moths--Serra Bonita Reserve, Bahia, Brazil
>> Oct 8, 2011
>> by *J. Merrill Lynch*
>>  View 
>> Album<https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108130407760189961725&target=ALBUM&id=5682702821557392641&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjrtMb07NDbxwE&invite=CLHDwa8G&feat=email>
>> Play 
>> slideshow<https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108130407760189961725&target=ALBUM&id=5682702821557392641&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjrtMb07NDbxwE&invite=CLHDwa8G&feat=email&mode=SLIDESHOW>
>>  Message from J. Merrill Lynch:
>> To all:
>>
>> Here is a link to my moth images taken at the Serra Bonita Preserve,
>> Bahia, Brazil on October 8-9 2011. I have not attempted to identify any of
>> the many species shown here but at least some will be immediately
>> recognizable to family. There are a few other insects as well. All of these
>> images were taken at the private reserve owned by Dr. Vitor Becker, a
>> well-known Brazilian lepidopterist and moth specialist.
>>
>> I consider the two nights we spent at the reserve one of the highlights
>> of my trip to Brazil--I only wish we could have spent several weeks there.
>> An amazing place with a truly astonishing variety of moths.
>>
>> Enjoy!
>>
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-- 
J. Merrill Lynch
Echo Valley Farm
Watauga County, NC
Elevation:  3,400 feet

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