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specialk
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Has anyone else on the east end of STX noticed an abundance of black & brown moths since TS Erika?

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Topic starter Posted : October 2, 2015 12:40 am
janeinstx
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I don't know about East but here on North Shore they are everywhere.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 5:31 am
Ca. Dreamers
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My gallery dwelling geckos love 'm.

CD

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Posted : October 2, 2015 11:05 am
vicanuck
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There were many moths at Blue Water Terrace last night. Very annoying.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 11:16 am
SkysTheLimit
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Picked up over a dozen dead ones yesterday.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 11:27 am
OldTart
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Some weird and wonderful bugs pass through the islands at different times and it's interesting to identify them and find out where they're from, where they're going and what purpose they serve in the grand order of things.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 11:34 am
Alana33
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I remember many years ago, we had an invasion of caterpillars.
They were everywhere, dangling from threads on trees, eating all the leaves on flamboyant trees, all over cars, crawling under doors and thru gaps in screens and getting into thyroid homes, by the thousands, it seemed.

They turned into beautiful small white butterflies.
Pretty annoying until they went thru their metamorphosis.

Moths and butterflies don't have a long lifespan so enjoy them, if you can, while you can.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 11:59 am
specialk
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Picked up over a dozen dead ones yesterday.

Me, too. Every day. Also wiping up the rust colored spots they seem to leave evewhere.

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Topic starter Posted : October 2, 2015 1:25 pm
STXBob
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Picked up over a dozen dead ones yesterday.

Me, too. Every day. Also wiping up the rust colored spots they seem to leave evewhere.

We've got tons of moths, and orange spots, on our gallery in Coakley Bay. I was wondering if one was causing the other. I guess so!

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Posted : October 2, 2015 3:17 pm
watruw8ing4
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They keep landing my drinks, too. I've resorted to sippy cups.

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Posted : October 2, 2015 6:56 pm
specialk
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We've got tons of moths, and orange spots, on our gallery in Coakley Bay. I was wondering if one was causing the other. I guess so!

Yep! Whatever it is they eat it comes out that color!

Seeing less tonight than recent nights. Maybe they're at the end of their cycle.

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Topic starter Posted : October 2, 2015 11:58 pm
stxer
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Many strange bugs in the vi. Years ago, two days before hurricane Lenny (1999) I was staying in a rental house right on Coral Bay on St John. During the night we heard a pounding sound and checked to find mounds of bugs stacked against the sliding glass doors. When morning came we measured over 8 inches of bugs, two feet out piled against the door (millions?). I never did identify them, but thought they might have been some form of termite.

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Posted : October 3, 2015 12:40 am
quirion
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Many of the moths and many many of the stink bugs/beetles. Both seem relatively harmless. The last few weeks of white butterflies have been great. I've hard them called crucian snow?

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Posted : October 3, 2015 1:47 am
buck
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I've heard it is a good sign when the white ' Crucian snow ' moths are here- no hurricanes!

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Posted : October 3, 2015 10:18 am
Alana33
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Nope.
When we had the massive caterpillar into white butterfly invasion it was right before Marilyn.

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Posted : October 3, 2015 10:28 am
watruw8ing4
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Many of the moths and many many of the stink bugs/beetles. Both seem relatively harmless. The last few weeks of white butterflies have been great. I've hard them called crucian snow?

Stink bugs are here? I hadn't heard that.

I hadn't heard the "crucian snow" term, either. But told my husband the dog and I walked through moth flurries when we were on our walk last night.

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Posted : October 3, 2015 11:35 am
St X
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I think you guys are talking about two different things. The white butterflies seem to flourish seasonally, but the OP was asking about moths. Specifically black and brown moths.
We had a porch light on a few days ago and by 9pm or so there were easily hundreds on them under the porch roof. I haven't seen these guys before.

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Posted : October 6, 2015 2:14 am
speee1dy
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i have had a few of those brownish ones at our home. the cats play with them for a while, till the moths cant play anymore. the yellow ones are seasonal. love seeing them all

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Posted : October 6, 2015 10:28 am
CruzanIron
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The flamboyant trees in my neighborhood are devoid of leaves and covered with small black caterpillars. I wonder what we'll get from those.

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Posted : October 6, 2015 10:38 am
Alana33
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Maybe the small white butterflies. I remember when we had the last invasion they were particularly fond of the Flamboyant leaves and denuded all the trees of their foliage.

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Posted : October 6, 2015 11:48 am
islandnewbie
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The "small, white moths/butterflies" are here now. We encountered hundreds of them (no exaggeration) on a drive along the southside road yesterday.

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Posted : October 24, 2015 1:56 pm
Oldie1
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St Croix snow.

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Posted : October 24, 2015 3:51 pm
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