Stockton College to Host Moth-ing Event on Galloway Campus, NJ, USA.

stocktonNature Enthusiasts, Citizen Scientists of All Ages Invited to Observe Moths at a Backlight with Entomologist Jamie Cromartie July 25

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s resident entomologist Dr. Jamie Cromartie will lure nighttime nature to a backlight for observation on Friday, July 25, 2014 during the third annual National Moth Week.
Nature enthusiasts of all ages will have the chance to see some of the estimated 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species that inhabit our planet. Participants will meet at 8 p.m. in the unpaved parking lot on Vera King Farris Drive across the street from the Arts and Sciences Building. The rain date is Monday, July 28.
Dr. Jamie Cromartie, associate professor of Entomology and president of the American Entomological Society, will use various techniques such as backlighting and sugar bait to attract a diversity of species for observation. “We ought to see several dozen species of moths ranging in size from a sixteenth inch to half a foot across, along with several other orders of insects, including treehoppers, owlflies, mantisflies, longhorn beetles and fishflies,” said Cromartie.
This year’s Moth Week is designated “the year of the silk moth.” The large, bright green luna moth with its four eye spots and long, lobed tail is a silk moth and perhaps the most recognizable moth species. “The Saturniidae, or giant silk moths, are our largest moths, and we have found most of the species that occur in southern New Jersey on the Stockton campus at one time or another,” said Cromartie.
Moth Week provides an educational opportunity for nature enthusiasts to learn about moths, their habitat, ecological roles and the threats they face.
“It is important to protect and manage their habitats and avoid light pollution, which may be among the reasons they have become much less common around our towns and suburbs. Other problems that affect moth diversity are the increasing prevalence of mowed lawns, planting exotic species of trees and shrubs in place of the insects’ native caterpillar host plants, aerial application of chemicals to control forest pests and loss of forest diversity because of lack of fire,” Cromartie explained.
Note: Cromartie, who specializes in insect ecology, organized the first Galloway Township 4th of July Butterfly Count, an initiative led by the North American Butterfly Association to monitor butterfly populations, in 1979. The event became an annual tradition in 1988 and brings back alumni to help monitor local butterfly populations. Dr. Jack Connor, professor of Writing, administers the South Jersey Butterfly B/Log<https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/>, a live South Jersey butterfly public spreadsheet with a running collection of posts and photos of butterflies in New Jersey’s southern eight counties.

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Visit Flickr<https://www.flickr.com/photos/stockton_edu/sets/72157634766572008/> to see photos from last year’s Moth Week event held at Stockton.

Contact:     Susan Allen,   <mailto:Susan.Allen@stockton.edu>

Office of News & Media Relations

Galloway Township, NJ 08205

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Everyone can participate in National Moth Week, a global citizen science project.

For information and registration visit www.nationalmothweek.org.

Media Contact: Sandra Lanman

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