1. Please give a brief introduction of yourself. (A short bio. including where are you from)
Hi, I am Shital Pradhan from Shantinagar, Singtam, Sikkim. I am a primary school teacher at Sakyong Chisopani JHS; a blogger and a biodiversity admirer from the heart. I started blogging in 2007 with my popular blog on Sikkim aptly called Proud To Be a Sikkimese (http://sikhim.blogspot.in/ )”; From this January (2014), I am working on my new blog “Sikkim Biodiversity” (http://sikkimbiodiversity.blogspot.in/).
2. We learn that you were part of a mothing event concurrent to the observance of the National Moth Week 2014. Tell us about your event. (Where and when did it take place etc?)
Since, I am interested in clicking photographs of rich Biodiversity of Sikkim so, when I learned about Moth Week, I got excited and wanted to be part of it. I had not heard anyone in Sikkim following this event till now. The only difference I made was, I will be clicking moths for a month. My residence is at Shantinagar, Singtam is near the river and I usually come across different moths and other insects moving around bulbs and CFL. In the last three weeks except for two moths from Gangtok and Chisopani, I had clicked more than hundred moths at my residence.
3. Was the event a private or public? How many people participated?
This was a solo event and I had been sharing all the moth photographs at my face book page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1513051815575275/). Later on with all the scientific descriptions, I shall post it on my Sikkim Biodiversity Blog.
4. Was this a first mothing event on your part? Since when have you been involved in such an interesting event?
Earlier I had participated at Big Bird Day event that was limited to birds. In regard with moths, this is my first experience.
My first ever moth photograph was Acherontia lachesis (Death's-head Hawkmoth) in 2011. I am interested in all the biodiversities beauty so nothing in particular. But I want to add, I like bigger moths, those bright colours and their lengths compared to smaller ones.
6. What exactly do you do in a mothing event? Tell us in brief. What are the objectives?
I look for clicking different varieties of moths every night. I find myself fortunate to come across new moths every night and only couple of moths do get repeated clicks. I click the photographs and share it at facebook to get identified by the experts. I feel happy when someone identifies the insect.
7. Do you have knowledge about any other similar events taking place elsewhere in the country? Are you connected with the people engaged in similar activity?
Through face-book, I came to know about few people interested in Moths.
8. Do you share your data/ information you gather along with others engaged in similar activity or any society associated with the lepidopterans?
I have not done yet. I will share it in my blog.
9. Do you have any pictures or images of your event? Would you like us to share them in our website?
I can share with you, send me your email.
10. Lastly, have you come across any particular species of moth that has intrigued you the most? If yes, why?
Golden Emperor moth has fascinated me the most in recent times. I simply loved its colour and its four eyes.