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National Moth Week 2016, July 23-31

cecropita caterpillarThis Saturday starts National Moth Week!! And its also the week my bug loving niece (the girl that released earwigs in my bed that time because they were so cute) is coming to visit. Exciting, we are going to be doing some citizen science.

I’ll start the week off collecting caterpillars for her, since she doesn’t arrive until Sunday. She is from the west coast, she hasn’t seen the Eastern Tent caterpillar or the Forest Tent caterpillar. Beautiful creatures. Soft and wonderful to hold and let crawl up your arm. I’m also hoping to find some giant green spiky silk worm caterpillars.

photographing mothsMonday at dark we will be off to Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley to see the moth light demo set up by naturalist Jason Crockwell. This is a super fun time, I can’t tell you how much fun, so go for yourself and find out.

geometrid mothAfter that we will see what we can find on the screen doors. I know the mint green geometrids will be out since the inch worm caterpillars were abundant this spring.

We will record everything we see, either with pictures or just write the names down. Then we will upload the data to iNaturalist.

Its easy citizen science!
If you are thinking, yeah, but so what, what good is this data. It is important? Actually it is. There are several local moth collections from the mid 1900s in the Berkshire Museum database. Scientists could compare the abundance, species, lack of species, new species to this area. It can tell us if our environment is changing, is it cleaner? (I hope so) is it more conducive to wild life? I hope so.) Is the climate warmer? Colder? Hotter? and does this effect the lepidoptera species? All kinds of cool stuff can be figured out using these abundant little creatures. Just think of the classic Peppered Moth, so much was learned from that inconspicuous moth. And there is much more to be learned about liferight in our own backyards.

Do your part! Get out there and participate in Moth Week and make a difference!

 

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Mini Berkshire BioBlitz

bioblitz 2011 027We are having a mini-Berkshire BioBlitz this year.

Friday June 1, 2013 at Mt. Greylock in Lanesboro. Time and meeting place to be announced.

Mycologist, Jason Karakehian, from Boston participated in a Mt. Greylock Bioblitz a few years ago and found a few interesting species and this year he would like to go back to search more. He is interested in collecting microfungi strictly for scientific study. His collections are deposited at the Farlow Herbarium of Harvard University. for future workers to examine.

I’ll be tagging along looking for insects, Scott LaGreca will be there looking for lichens. If you would like to join us send me an email and we can get you the details.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Berkshire BioBlitz, Camps, Children's Art & Science Classes, insects, Science

 

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