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2013 National Moth Week events in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

July 20th-28th:
People in the Finger Lakes region of New York are encouraged to get out and look for moths attracted to their house lights and camouflaged in their yards - folks can contribute species lists or take pictures of moths and send them in for identification and documentation for the Finger Lakes moth week species list. Send species lists and pictures (with locations) to moths@oldbird.org. A running tally of all species documented during the week will be posted here.

Friday July 26th (8pm-midnight): Watkins Glen State Park moth night. 8:00pm-Midnight. Meet at the "Iroquois Lodge” in the six nations campground any time after 8pm. From 8:30-9:00 there will be a brief introduction to moths including tips for attracting them. From 9:00pm on there will be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line within walking distance of the lodge. Access to the park is free after 5:30pm (main entrance charges until 7:30pm). The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the vicinity.

Saturday July 27th (1pm): Natural History of the Moths of New York State. A presention by Dr. Jason Dombroskie, Collection Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab. This intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will look at some of the amazing species in your backyard.  Some of these moths take medicine and can bubble poison from their necks, produce perfume that can be smelled from over a mile away, or can jam bat echolocation.  We will also examine caterpillars with gills, stinky tentacles, and horns that squirt acid, as well as ones that throw their feces, and others that live inside regurgitated owl pellets. This presentation will be held in Cornell University's Biotech Building Room G01.

Saturday July 27th (2pm):
Tour of Cornell Insect Collection. After Dr. Dombroskie's presentation noted above, he will lead a tour of the Cornell University Insect Collection. If you are also attending his presentation, you can follow him to 2144 Comstock Hall for the tour, otherwise meet him there at 2pm. This tour is limited to 25 participants. Please reserve a place by sending an email to moths@oldbird.org. If more than 25 register, there may be the option of a second tour beginning at 12:00 (noon). Location of Comstock Hall on Cornell Campus.

Saturday July 27th (8pm-midnight): Ithaca moth night @ Robert H. Treman State Park (lower park). 8pm-midnight. Meet at the park's main parking lot any time after 8pm. There will be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line around the edges of the parking lot adjacent to the park office. Access to the park is free after 6pm. The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the vicinity.

Sunday July 28th (7am-10am): Morning moth walk through the City of Ithaca, NY. Meet at southwest corner of the Ithaca Wegman's parkinglot at 7AM. This field trip will focus on finding moths that have been disoriented by city lights the previous evening. The group will walk toward Home Depot and back checking the vicinity of artificial lights along the way (~2-mile roundtrip). RSVP to moths@oldbird.org



Species seen during 2013 National Moth Week in the Finger Lakes

Species seen during 2012 National Moth Week in the Finger Lakes

Photos from 2012/2013 National Moth Week in the Finger Lakes

Moth Photographer's Group (photos and range maps of North American moths)

BugGuide (photos and information on moths and all insects of North America)

Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle


For more information: email moths@oldbird.org