LEESBURG — National Moth Week, observed July 18-26, celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths, which are among the most diverse organisms in the world. In celebration of National Moth Week, Lake County Parks & Trails is hosting a moth night at Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Wildlife Conservation Area on Saturday, July 25 from 9 – 11 p.m.
During the event, Parks & Trails staff will be “sugaring” for moths, a term describing the use of overripe fruit or brown sugar added to bisected tennis balls, tree trunks, or fence posts in order to attract moths to feed. The process will help attract different types of moths to the park with the goal of identifying a multitude of species.
“Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and learn about, observe, and document moths during the event. Participants should enter PEAR Park through the University Avenue entrance off of U.S. Highway 27. No prior experience is necessary but attendees should bring their own flashlights.
National Moth Week provides a unique opportunity to become a “citizen scientist” and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with biological data repositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide important information on a global scale.
Details about National Moth Week can be found at www.nationalmothweek.org. For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks, call 352-253-4950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates on the county’s Parks & Trails Program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.