Day 7 – Part 2 – Night Catch

After 2 hours of driving and hiking to the high camp, we arrived at the Chimborazo.

Christian used the opportunity in camp for a first night catch. With the help of a UV lamp, we lured nocturnal insects into a net.

Miriam assisted and photographed the captured insects.

On of our catches was this stately moth specimen (approx. 16 cm wingspan) from the owl butterfly family (Noctuidae) at over 4000 m above sea level, at about six degrees Celsius.

In addition to the light receptors that make moths react in particular to UV light, many species are equipped with impressive antennae that serve as highly sensitive olfactory organs.


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