Allen Acres to Participate in National Moth Week

mothweekAllen Acres in Pitkin, La will be among the hundreds of individuals and scores of organizations around the world participating in the second annual National Moth Week, July 20-28. On July 27 and July 28 at 7 pm, Charles and Susan Allen of Allen Acres will conduct a National Moth Week activity at 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656. We will have two special insect attracting lights and sheets set up outside.  We will turn on the lights just before dark and then wait for the moths to arrive.  Bring your camera and stay as long as you want.  We will also visit our moth garden and view the hummingbird moth (sphinx, hawk etc.) visitors.  And, we will conduct our weekly firefly count.  For more info, email native@camtel.net or call 337-328-2252.

In observance of National Moth Week, fellow citizen scientists will be setting up white sheets and lights on dark porches, city streets, backyards, fields and woods throughout the country and around the globe in order to observe and document one of nature’s most diverse – and misunderstood – creatures.

National Moth Week literally shines a much-needed spotlight on moths and their ecological significance. There are hundreds of thousands of moth species, many of them as beautiful as their colorful cousins – butterflies – and just as important to the ecosystem. Moths also can tell us a lot about our changing environment by their geographical and seasonal distribution.

The week long event allows people of all ages and abilities to become “citizen scientists” and contribute scientific data about the moths they observe in their own communities.

In its first year in 2012, National Moth Week attracted participants in 49 states and 29 countries outside the U.S., who registered 307 event locations. Moth events took place in diverse settings, from the streets of Manhattan to remote sites in Costa Rica, Kenya and Gambia.

Numerous organizations around the world have partnered with National Moth Week and are supporting the event. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

Partners include Project Noah, Encyclopedia of Life, Discover Life, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Many partner websites are repositories for data and photos about moths and other organisms.

For more information about National Moth Week, visit www.nationalmothweek.org.

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