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Campfires, Astronomy & Moths at the Schrader Center!

By Jake Francis, Director of Environmental Education – For those of you that were unaware, last week was National Moth Week.  National Moth Week was a nation-wide push for hobbyists and scientists to survey moths anywhere, from porch lights to national forests.  Though the Schrader Center’s moth night was rained out last Thursday night (and has been rescheduled for this Thursday), we have been able to do a several very fun and informative moth nights at Camp Giscowheco as part of our Junior Nature Camp program!  Yesterday evening we were treated to a couple colorful moths at Giscowheco including the Ailanthus webworm and the Grape leaffolder, and some other interesting species such as a possible Walnut sphinx moth and an unidentified underwing moth.

Interestingly, the Ailanthus webworm is primarily diurnal (active during the day), when it feeds on nectar with its straw shaped proboscis.  This morning, Miss Robin’s  Budding Naturalists found 15-20 Ailanthus webworms feeding in the butterfly garden on a mint plant (pictured).  We will be posting pictures from our upcoming events here so keep your eye on this blog, or better yet come out this Thursday to the Schrader Center for campfire, astronomy and moths at 8pm! Call us at 304-242-6855 for more information.

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  1. […] For those of you that were unaware, last week was National Moth Week.  National Moth Week was a nation-wide push for hobbyists and scientists to survey moths anywhere, from porch lights to national forests.  Though the Schrader Center’s moth night was rained out last Thursday night (and has been rescheduled for this Thursday), we have been able to do a several very fun and informative moth nights at Camp Giscowheco as part of our Junior Nature Camp program!  Yesterday evening we were treated to a couple colorful moths at Giscowheco including the Ailanthus webworm and the Grape leaffolder, and some other interesting species such as a possible Walnut sphinx moth and an unidentified underwing moth.  Read more […]

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