Appreciation of moths takes flight in Londonderry
This is National Moth Week and for the second year in a row, Londonderry Conservation Commissioner Deb Lievens is encouraging her neighbors to join her on the Common tonight for an impromptu moth safari.
National Moth Week literally shines a much-needed spotlight on moths and their ecological significance, she said, noting the creatures can tell us a lot about our changing environment by their geographical and seasonal distribution.
There were moth events in urban settings like Manhattan as well as in more remote areas like Costa Rica and Kenya.
With hundreds of thousands of moth species native to the United States, many people don’t give the insects much thought or tend to look at the creatures with annoyance.
“They’re just absolutely fascinating, beautiful creatures,” she said. “Hopefully this year’s event will encourage people to become active citizen scientists.”
“The moths tend to come into the lighted area and then they settle right down,” Lievens said. “Once that happens, some of the species are pretty docile and can even be handled.”For more information contact Lievens at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to nationalmothweek.org.
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