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 five Mothapaloozas that participants can expect to see a blizzard of moths, numbering into hundreds of species.
Our 2019 Conference Moth is the Sooty-Winged Chalcoela and is featured in the original artwork above, courtesy of Ann Geise.
Our weekend program features an interesting range of talks by leading experts, and field trips to experience moths and other elements of natural history firsthand. We also have a wonderful selection of vendors with moth-related items for sale and display.
Our 2019 Conference will feature well-known keynote speakers and guides including Jason Dombroskie, Alma Solis, Sam Jaffe, Doug Tallamy, Jim McCormac, John Howard, Dave Horn, Fiona Reid and many more.
Our event is based at the beautiful Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center in the heart of the 65,000 acre Shawnee State Forest. This will be our venue again for 2019. 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!
The magical Luna tree; Mothapalooza 2017.
Accommodations must be made separately. Check out our Lodging page for details.
Due to its nocturnal nature and potential associated hazards, Mothapalooza is limited to participants aged 14 and older.
No refunds can be issued after June 1st, 2019. Limited refunds will be issued between May 1st and May 31st, 2019.