Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Talk this Sunday - butterflies & moths!

A pair of Spicebush Swallowtails spar over blossoms of a pinxter-flower azalea. Swallowtail butterflies are a major pollinator of deciduous rhododendrons, or azaleas.

I'm giving a program at the fantastic Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton, Ohio this Sunday, February 5th, at 2:30 pm. The title? "Butterflies, and Moths, Their Darker Side". It'll be a photo-intensive romp through the wild world of some of our most interesting insects. In addition to the eye candy factor, I hope to drive home the importance of this massive group of bugs, and why we should be interested in conserving them. Get all the details RIGHT HERE.

All are welcome, and I would love to see you there. Aullwood charges a nominal fee of $5.00 per adult/$3.00 per child - members are free. Such funds go to support the far-reaching educational efforts of this effective operation.

NOTE: The Super Bowl, should you be concerned, does not start until 6:30 pm. I can assure you we will be through LONG before then!

A Dot-lined White Moth, looking somewhat yak-like, stares down the photographer. Moths, as we shall learn, outnumber their better known butterfly counterparts by a factor of 12 in this part of the world. Largely nocturnal and out of sight, they nonetheless are a fascinating group of animals.

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