Mothapalooza 2016 was a wonderful weekend of mothing, diurnal field trips, workshops, keynote presentations and camaraderie! This year's conference was based out of Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center.
Mothapalooza is a celebration of the rich and stunningly beautiful world of moths. Their much better known diurnal counterparts the butterflies are dwarfed by the diversity of moths. Fewer than 140 butterfly species have been recorded in Ohio; there are an estimated 3,000 species of moths. We know from the previous three Mothapaloozas that participants can expect to see a blizzard of moths, numbering into hundreds of species.
The weekend program features an interesting range of talks by leading experts, Break-out Sessions and field trips to experience moths and other elements of natural history firsthand.
Sponsored in large part by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the 2016 Conference will feature well-known keynote speakers and guides including Seabrooke Leckie, Co-author of The Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America and Samuel Jaffe, a New England-based Naturalist and Founder of The Caterpillar Lab.
The event is based at the beautiful Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center in the heart of the 65,000 acre Shawnee State Forest. A few miles to the west is the expansive 16,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve. This region harbors Ohio’s richest biodiversity and is chockfull of rarities, both plant and animal. Expert-guided field trips, both day and night, will explore the best habitats in the area. Attendees can expect to compile huge lists of moths, butterflies, myriad other insects, birds, plants, and more.
We hope you will join us for what should be a one-of-a-kind Nature Experience!
Dave McShaffrey posing with some spectacular moths during Mothapalooza 2013 - and take a look at that sheet! We will be returning to the same venue in 2016. Dave will be joining the team as a guide and will also give a Workshop on Moth Ecology. Welcome to the team Dave!