Best Headlamp for Entomologists?

Atlas Moth found in Southern Thailand using our Petzl Ultra Rush headlamp - the ultimate headlamp for entymologists.
With the Ultra Rush headlamp we see insects at night we’d have never seen without it. Same with snakes, lizards, geckos, skinks, slow lorises, and everything else we see at night. This headlamp gets our highest recommendation. Photo of Atlas Moth in Southern Thailand. ©2017 Vern Lovic.

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.

Which Headlamp Fits all these Criteria?

Best Headlamps 2017 Buyer's Guide
Petzl’s new Ultra Rush headlamp has perfect light temperature, perfect beam spread, easy manual brightness adjustments, and a very long battery life. Oh, and it’s super-durable. If you need a headlamp for professional entymology, or any professional use, this is a great choice.

Petzl ULTRA RUSH headlamp info here >