July 28, 2013
To the editor;
In my opinion, Adams county, Ohio is the most interesting county in the state for observing biological diversity.
To participate in National Moth Week, four moth-ers gathered Saturday night July 20, 2013 near Lynx in Brush Creek township and tallied night-flying moths. Sheets were hung on a porch and illuminated with lights. Fermented fruit bait was spread on tree trunks.
During four hours of observation, over 75 species were listed including a male IC moth and three different sphinx moths. Most sphinx species feed on tree leaves. The hornworm caterpillar on garden tomatoes is a sphinx whose adult pollinates flowers.
Moths and their caterpillars are extremely important to native ecosystems, as pollinators and for providing the main food source for many birds, bats and spiders.
Conservation of moths includes protecting native habitat, avoiding use of insecticides, and either using lights that don’t attract them or turning off night lights that are not needed.
The web should be filled with facebook and blog postings of all the mothing activity during National Moth Week. Check it out.