Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, FL

Chuck Tague will host this moth night and sent us some information about the upcoming event:

Our moth night will be at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, FL. on

Lunate Zale Moth, Zale lunata
Lunate Zale Moth, Zale lunata

Saturday, June 20.  This is our second moth event.  The first was part of our celebration of National Pollination Week in June.  The event is open to the public but most of the participants will be our corps of volunteers who conduct the monthly butterfly biodiversity surveys at the refuge.  We have conducted these counts since June 2010.

We will meet at the visitors center at 7:00 pm and I will give a short presentation on the moths that live in Central Florida,

9932 -- Darling Underwing, Catocala cara Guenée, 1852 - 2
Darling Underwing, Catocala cara Guenée

their life histories and explain the techniques we use to attract the moths.  We will install two moth lights and sheets and bait several trees along the boardwalk through a hardwood hammock and passes a cattail wetland, a wet sedge meadow and a freshwater pond.  

We hope to find many more for National Moth Week.  It’s always a privilege to explore the refuge after dark.


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