Mothapalooza III was a fun weekend of mothing, diurnal field trips, workshops, keynote presentations and camaraderie! Thanks to everyone who attended! Mothapalooza 2016 is in the works..it will again be based out of Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center and the date is set for August 5-7th, 2016. More details will be available soon!
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, workshops and field trips to experience moths and other elements of natural history firsthand.
Sponsored in large part by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the 2015 Conference will feature well-known keynote speakers and guides including the legendary lepidopterist and caterpillar expert Dr. David L. Wagner, author of “Caterpillars of Eastern North America” and several other amazing caterpillar books and Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home” and perhaps the leading advocate for using native plants in the urban landscape.
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.
The species featured on these pages are ones that can be found in this area during June! (Photos courtesy of John Howard, and Jim McCormac both of whom will be leading field trips and co-conducting our Moth Photography workshop.)
We hope you will join us for what should be a one-of-a-kind Nature Experience!