East Brunswick’s Moth Night, a delayed celebration of National Moth Week, will take place in the township’s Butterfly Park at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, with a rain date of Friday, Aug. 10, depending on the forecast for the scheduled night. The event is free and open to the public. Butterfly Park is located at Winton Road and Rues Lane.
The previously scheduled Moth Night in July was postponed due to inclement weather.
New and experienced “moth-ers” are invited to bring their cameras to document moths that land on lighted sheets that will be set up in the park. Sturdy shoes are recommended and attendees should bring along a flash light and bug spray, if desired. Children can help with “painting” tree trunks with a sweet mixture to attract moths before it gets dark.
The seventh annual National Moth Week 2018 was officially marked July 21-29. This international citizen science project was first organized by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in 2012 and spread quickly through the country and around the world. This year, over 400 events have been registered in all 50 states and 38 other countries.
For National Moth Week 2018, the diverse, fascinating Geometridae family of moths, comprising 23,000 species in North America and around the world, was spotlighted around the world.
National Moth Week (NMW) invites moth enthusiasts, a.k.a. “moth-ers,” of all ages and abilities to participate in this worldwide citizen science project that shines a light on moths, their beauty, ecological diversity and critical role in the natural world as pollinators.
Since it was established, NMW has inspired thousands of public and private moth-watching and educational events around the world 82 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Sites have included National Parks and Monuments, museums and local recreation areas, as well as private backyards and front porches – wherever there’s a light and a place for them to land.