Entomology at the Painted Pony Resort

The members of Louisiana State Arthropod Museum have returned for another year of collecting in the Chiricahua Mountains and are in residence at the Painted Pony Resort.  The Coronado National Forest is reopening and post fire collecting should provide an estimate on the effects of fire on insect populations within the Chiricahua Mountains.  A video from last years collecting trip has been posted by SpongyMesophyll on YouTube and is embedded below.  The video shows the progression from locating and collecting to curating specimens.  The light trapping scenes are spectacular with thousands of insects attracted to both mercury vapor lamps and black lights.


  1. This will be interesting to find out the results.

  2. It is a busy 10 days for the guests, out collecting everyday, morning till evening. They have reported seeing a number of bears and saw a couple of Trogons in South Fork. Two are also avid birders and have added to their life lists on this trip.