Can't say that the weather cooperated, but folks had a thoroughly enjoyable Moth Night with The Nature Conservancy at the Kay Center in Chester last night.
Because of a light but unpredictable rain, we moved the old Mothra movie, the S'Mores and the popcorn inside, and then set up the Mercury vapor light and a sheet under an overhang outside.
We did not expect much moth activity. All I can is, Boy, were we surprised.
Not only did we have at least one outrageously strange little moth we think is a Beautiful Wood-nymph, but we also had two very cool hawk moths (think: tiny Stealth Bombers), a tussock moth caterpillar and a huge American toad. Not bad for a drizzly night.
The goal of the evening was to remind folks just how nifty nature can be at night if we pay attention.
May post more pix if they become available.
Moth Night, by the way, is part of the eighth annual National Moth Week, a terrific worldwide event. You can learn more here.
Just wanted to thank Lisa Shippy-Woods and The Nature Conservancy for putting together and hosting this very cool and educational event -- awesome job.
A "thank you," too, to everyone who participated despite the uncertain (at best) weather.
(Also wanted to give a tip o' the cap to moth'ers Garry Annibal and Lee Gaitskill for their I.D. help.)
Hawk Moth (likely Virginia Creeper Hawk Moth)
Beautiful Wood-nymph Moth, featuring fuzzy tufts on its forelegs. "Beautiful" is an actual part of its name.
Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Horned Spanworm Moth