TUESDAY July 5th Inning: Mothing: The Act of Attracting and Discovering Moths

What: Mothing: The Act of Attracting and Discovering Moths
When: TUESDAY, July 5th, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.
Where: At the Dan Beard Boy Scout Council
10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Speaker: Flower White

Mothing ScreenDescription: Mothing Events have become a popular activity with nature organizations to expose and teach people about the “other” Lepidoptera. I, Flower White, am a Moth-er. I have created a Powerpoint presentation using my photographs to share and teach people the props necessary to Moth, the different Moth families and how to identify the Moth. My main interest in Moths is their beautiful patterns: there are so many to study and they can’t hurt you. In 2012, the new “Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America” made it possible to identify local Moths.

In 2013, Ohio held its 1st Mothapalooza. Moths and Butterflies are in the same Lepidopteran Order, meaning scaled wings. There are approximately 3,000 moth species in Ohio, 13,000 in North America and 160,000 worldwide. Butterflies are day-fliers, while many moths fly under cover of darkness, making them harder to observe. This photo presentation will introduce the moths encountered in our area. The world of moths is one of extraordinary beauty, fantastic behavior, outrageous diversity and a myriad of shapes and sizes. Discover nighttime photography “at the sheets”.

Bio: Flower White is currently Secretary for the Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society, and a member of the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society, Cincinnati Bird Club and the Ohio Mushroom Society.

I am an ambassador of native flora and fauna, a nature enthusiast since forever.  My parents and grandparents named every plant and animal that crossed my path.  I grew up on the eastern side of Cincinnati and live in East Walnut Hills.  When I was 12, my father purchased a 135-acre farm in Brown County, OH near Sardinia, that except for the house, barn, outbuildings and a few mature trees, was devoid of vegetation due to grazing and crops.  Over the years, a third of this land plus the fencerows and vernal pools has been left to succession.  Since 1990, I have been keeping an inventory of the flora and fauna by photograph and excel spreadsheet.  What a fantastic way to learn about nature!

One day when I arrived at the farmhouse, I noticed many tiny specks of Moths around the outside lights that my brother had left on overnight.  I took a digital photo of the speck, zoomed in on the photo and discovered the beautiful pattern.  The farmhouse turned out to be the perfect palette to attract Moths.  It is painted white, has four floodlights and two entrance lights, and sits in the middle of 135 acres of vegetation.  I spent the night photographing Moths and have been actively Mothing at night ever since.