National Moth Night a huge success
As part of National Moth Night, Butterfly Conservation NI together with The Ring of Gullion Officer for Newry and Mourne District Council were at Ti Chulainn Activity Centre spotting some of our biggest common garden moths including the bright pink Elephant Hawk moth, the shimmering purple/grey Poplar Hawk moth and the boldly patterned Garden Tiger – all of which can be found in the average garden.
Darren Rice, Ring of Gullion officer said, “Summer moths are bold and beautiful, and Catherine brought this subject to life with her passion and enthusiasm during the night.” He added, “I think we have a few budding lepidopterist in the Ring of Gullion as a result of the event.”
Four families were able to take moth traps home with them to see what moths were present in their gardens, helping scientists monitor what moths are in the Ring of Gullion. Catherine met with the families again on Saturday morning to identify and release all those caught moths. Caoilfionn, who took a trap home with her, commented, “The Fly By Night event was fantastic! We really enjoyed it.”
Catherine Bertrand of Butterfly Conservation NI said, “It’s been a pleasure to celebrate Moth Night 2012 in the Ring of Gullion. Moths are an under-valued and unappreciated part of our rich and varied ecosystem, providing food for lots of other creatures and helping us understand the health of our environment. I know everyone who joined us on Friday and Saturday were amazed and delighted to discover the wealth of life in their own back yards, even on a cold and blustery night.”
Catherine added, “I hope this is just the beginning of our exploration of what creatures can be found in the Ring of Gullion and I look forward very much to our next moth-ing event in September.”
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