Assuming you’re an entomologist and assuming you look for insects at night and need an amazing headlamp to do so, I think I have the best headlamp suggestion for you. It’s the same one I use for looking for snakes and other reptiles.
What Qualities are Important in a Headlamp for Entomologists?
I’m not an entomologist. Let me clear that up. I’m suggesting that the headlamp I prefer for looking for reptiles in Southern Thailand is going to be also good for you while looking in the forests of California, Thailand, Bulgaria, or Alaska. I find heaps of insects at night while looking for reptiles, and the light I use really highlights the difference between green plants or brown stumps, tree trunks, etc, and wildlife of all sorts. I find all sorts of insects and other bugs like centipedes, millipedes, moths, etc.
So, What is Important in a Headlamp for Bug Scientists?
- Manual Settings Control – Not just manual levels, but easy to reach and select light output levels while engaged with insects in the field. A large selector switch, easy to find and grip, and with multiple levels of light – the more the better – would be ideal.
- Incremental Light Levels – Insect hunters, like snake hunters, need different gradations of light for performing various duties – near and far, and different levels of light are necessary for these tasks.
- Light Temperature – Every headlamp I’ve tried has a different quality of light. It isn’t just luminosity, it isn’t just the spread of the flood or spot beam. It’s the color of the light that I think is every bit as important as these two criteria. I’ve used more than twenty different headlamps while herping in Southern Thailand. I have one headlamp I prefer above all others for looking for reptiles and amphibians. I think you will also like this light for finding insects and other bugs. I’m sure of it.
- Water Resistance / Waterproofing – Insects like all sorts of weather, and you’ll find more of a species depending on their preferences and tolerances for humidity and rain. You’re better off getting a headlamp which is sealed against water and dust intrusion.
I’m looking forward to a couple visits by top entymologists in 2018 who are coming to the USA and Thailand to visit. I’ll update or add some pages related to that as soon as possible.