SoFo: The Original Hamptons Nightlife—Nocturnal Insects: Adults/ Children 8+
Program Presenter: Crystal Oakes, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator.
An amazing world is hiding right under our noses—or maybe right in front of our eyes—that most people don’t notice. Not the super exclusive restaurants, bars, clubs, or fundraisers, but one that we can find right in our backyards. Moths, beetles, wasps, flies, and many other insects are more active at night, searching for food and mates, since there are fewer predators active after the sun sets. Some of these insects are covered in amazing patterns, some are tiny, and some leave you wondering what trick nature was up to. Learn how they fly, find food, and attract mates as Crystal sorts through the incredible insects that were attracted to a safe light trap the previous night. If we are lucky, we will find scarab beetles, tiger moths, sphinx moths, ichneumon wasps, and leaf hoppers. You will also learn how to make your own safe light trap to set up in your backyard to discover your hidden neighbors! With over 1,000 species of moths and beetles found on Long Island through the seasons, you won’t be disappointed!
Photo credit: Geoff Gallice