Why survey "all" of the butterfly species, but only "some" of the moths you be wondering? Well, mostly it is a matter of numbers. While only about 133 species of butterflies reside within the state of West Virginia, the number of moth species probably far exceeds a thousand! Nobody knows for sure. In fact, the number of moth species found at Dorsey's Knob Park alone might exceed a thousand.
My procedure for surveying moths is pretty simple. On warm nights I keep a close eye on the dusk to dawn lights at the Dorsey's Knob Lodge and at the Groscup Center. When a moth is attracted to the lights, I take a picture if it lands. Fortunately, flash photography doesn't seem to disturb them.
Below are just a few of the moths that I've seen at Dorsey's Knob during the month of April and first half of May.