Mothapalooza!

July 7-9, 2017

MPLZA105_David Horn Moth Identification


2016 Breakout Sessions - Saturday 4:30 - 5:30 PM


1. An In-Depth Look at Underwings - Dr. David Horn

The Underwing Moths of the genus Catocala present beginning moth-ers with some challenging identification issues. There are over sixty species of underwings in Ohio and more than 100 in North America. Differences between species are often subtle. There is also the usual issue that the color variation prevalent throughout moth-dom is present in underwings, and a field guide can only show a limited number of pictures. If you stalk moths with a camera there is an additional problem: most underwings conceal their showy hindwings when at rest and fly away quickly when disturbed (sometimes by a photo flash), leaving the moth-er to wonder: “Did I just see pink or orange or what?”

This session will provide you with information on what to look for and how habitat and season can be added to color and pattern to help with identification of this interesting and popular group of moths.

2. Slug Moths are No Slugs! - Jim McCormac, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Ohio’s 2,500 or so moth species include lots of beautiful and bizarre creatures, but few can match the slug caterpillar moths. Despite the unappealing generic name for the group, the slug moths and especially the caterpillars rank high among our most interesting lepidopterans. This talk will overview the eighteen species in the Limacodidae, using lots of visuals, and focusing on the species that occur in Adams and Scioto counties.

3. Ecology of Moths and Butterflies - Dr. Dave McShaffrey

Have you ever wondered why moths are (usually) dull and furry and have big feathery antennae while butterflies are bright with slender antennae? This presentation will explore the ecology of moths and butterflies, and shows how their ecological niches shape the organisms we see. We’ll look at the distinct roles of caterpillars and adults; the sensory world of Lepidoptera; their never-ending battles with predators, parasites and plants; and the central importance of temperature in their lives. Learn how a quick look at a butterfly or moth can tell you much about where it lives, when it is active, what it eats and more.

4. A Peculiar Place: Life on the Edge of Appalachia - Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist, Edge of Appalachia Preserve System

Adams County hosts an incredibly diverse amount of flora and fauna. Different habitats from streams and creeks, a variety of forest types, cliff faces, and dry prairies make up the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. The preserve protects many rare species including iconic animals like the green salamander, Allegheny wood rat, and the Edward's hairstreak butterfly. There are several rare plants like the wood lily, tall larkspur, and crested coral root that can be found on the preserve as well. In this workshop discover the ins and outs of why Adams County is so special and so blessed with biodiversity. Learn about the scientific work being conducted on the preserve and see some of the collected specimens that are being used to further our knowledge about plants and animals.

2016 Breakout Sessions