Moth Party 2016

 

mothparty2016P LEASE DO NOT GO THE MINK CREEK GROUP SITE.  THE PARTY WILL BE AT THE IDAHO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

July  23rd-31st, 2016 is National Moth Week!  During National Moth week citizen scientists will be hosting Moth Parties all over the United States.  During a Moth Party, the partiers capture moths, photograph them, and submit their photos to scientists for identification.  

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will be hosting a free Moth Party July 29th, 2016 from 10:00PM-12:00AM.  Partiers will be allowed to capture moths and help photograph them.  

For more information call (208)282-2195 or email out education specialist at hansreb3@isu.edu

Where: Idaho Museum of Natural History

What: Moth Party!

When: 10:00 pm – 12:00am

Last summer the Idaho Museum of Natural History hosted our first ever Moth Party.  “What is a Moth Party?” you may rightly ask.  A Moth Party is a get together for anyone interested in getting to know these nocturnal relative of the butterfly a little better.  Rarely do families get to get close up to animals in nature and insects provide a great stepping stone into the world of biological sciences and exploration. 

Video by Bethany Baker

During our Moth Party, we will use a blacklight and bait to attract moths.  We will capture and photograph them before releasing them back into the wild.  Many people do not realize that there are actually more moth species than butterflies.  Because moths are rather inconspicuous and awake when we are asleep, we do not have great data on what species live in our neck of the woods.  Our Moth Party will help fix that! 

We will be reporting our data using a phone app called iNaturalist.  iNaturalist allows users to report almost any biological observation and submit it to a science project.  You do not need an internet connection to use it and you do not have to know exactly what the plant or animal you are observing is.  We encourage Mother Partiers to download and test the app out.

If you want to participate please join us at 10pm at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello, ID on Friday, July 29th 2016.