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2015 National Moth Week & Moth watching events

in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

July 3, 11, & 22

Friday July 3rd (8pm-midnight): Danby Moth Night (summary of event)


Saturday July 11th (10am-2pm): Moths & Butterflies at Danby Fun Day. Bill Evans will host a booth displaying photos of some of the highlights of the prior week's Danby Moth Night and specimens from five years of collecting roadkill butterflies, etc. on Route 96B. The event will be held in the vicinity of the Town of Danby firestation on rte 96B, about 6 miles south of Ithaca, NY.


Saturday July 11th (9pm-midnight): Ithaca Moth Night. This is the fourth annual Ithaca Moth Night and this year we've moved the event earlier in July to see new species. Meet at the main parking lot of Robert H. Treman State Park (lower unit) any time after 9pm. There will be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line around the edge of the parking lot adjacent to the park office. We traditionally rely on kids to help paint the moth bait (fermented fruit and brown sugar) on tree trunks. Access to the park is free after 6pm. The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the vicinity.


Wednesday July 22, 2015 (1-4pm): Moths of the Day.  A field trip led by Dr. Jason Dombroskie, manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection. Meet in the parking lot of Cornell's Mundy Wildflower Garden for a leisurely walk through the garden and around Beebe Lake. Most people associate moths with the night, but there are many species that are strictly diurnal and many of the nocturnal species can be found then as well. We will slowly walk through various habitats looking for both adult moths and their caterpillars. For any species we encounter we will discuss their natural history and ecology of these important and fascinating organisms.


Wednesday July 22, 2015 (9pm-midnight): Moths of the Night. The nocturnal counterpart of the field trip led by Dr. Dombroskie earlier in the day will take place at the Newman Overlook, over Cornell University's F. R. Newman Arboretum. Stop by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair and hang out for the evening. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and warm clothes. As the sun sets we will have a brief introduction to moths and then fire up a bright mercury vapor light and two ultraviolet lights. We will learn how to identify the myriad of forms of moths that arrive through the night and learn about their natural history.


Species seen during 2012 NMW in the Finger Lakes

Species seen during 2013 NMW in the Finger Lakes

Species seen during 2014 NMW in the Finger Lakes


Photos from 2013 NMW in the Finger Lakes (Watkins Glen State Park)

Photos from 2013 NMW in the Finger Lakes (Watkins Glen State Park)

Photos from 2013 NMW in the Finger Lakes (Robert H. Treman State Park)


Moth Photographer's Group (photos and range maps of North American moths)

BugGuide (photos and information on moths and all insects of North America)

Butterfiles and Moths of North America (photos & information of butterlies and moths of NA)

Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle

MothsOfNewYorkState - Facebook Group


For more information: email moths@oldbird.org