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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 15, 2018

National Moth Week programs planned

Jul 19, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Entomologist Moni Hayne, left, holds a moth for a group to see during a past “Moths at Midnight” program.

Jefferson County Conservation is working with local entomologist Moni Hayne to present free programming during National Moth Week, which runs Saturday through July 30.

The first program is “Dragonflies & Damselflies” planned at 10:30 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. Monday beginning in the Jefferson County Park Nature Center before moving outdoors.

The program is geared to adults, but Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey said kids will enjoy it, also.

Attendees will learn how to identify some of the local species and learn about their life cycle.

Forty-eight species of dragonflies and damselflies, with names like Calico Pennant, Widow Skimmer and Blue-fronted Dancer, have been recorded in Jefferson County.

The second program is “Moth Night” set for July 26. The first session runs from 10-11 p.m., and the second runs from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. beginning in the nature center.

“You don’t have to have kids to participate, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult,” said Cummiskey.

The third program is “Butterflies,” with sessions set at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 27 beginning in the nature center before moving outdoors for a hike to identify local species.

The program is geared to adults, but Cummiskey said kids will enjoy it.

Attendees will learn about the variety of butterflies found in Jefferson County, and how to identify the common caterpillars and what garden plants they nibble on.

No registration is necessary for the free programs.

For more information about Jefferson County Conservation programs, visit the organization’s website www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

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