Mt Washington Homeowners Alliance sponsors National Moth Week in Elyria Canyon Park

Saturday July 21, 2012.
Gates open at 7.
Elyria Canyon Park,

Mark your calendars now for an evening of nocturnal adventure as lepidopterist Julian Donahue [read Jack Smith’s LA Time article on Julian]  and “What’s That Bug?” Web host and author Daniel Marlos talk about the moths and other insects that come to the black and mercury vapor lights around the Red Barn in Elyria Canyon.

Mexican Tiger Moth

This special program is one of many events scheduled during National Moth Week, a worldwide week of activities to celebrate moths and biodiversity. Large or small, drab or colorful, beneficial or harmful, moths comprise one of the largest groups of insects: there are 15 times as many species of moths as there are of butterflies! The vast majority live obscure but highly beneficial lives—their caterpillars are a major source of food for birds.

Sponsored by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA).

Who: Open to the general public.
When: Saturday, July 21; gate opens at 7 p.m., event begins 7:30 p.m., sunset at 8:02 p.m. Event ends by 11 p.m.
Where: Elyria Canyon Park. Enter the park at the southern end of Bridgeport Drive, preferably by walking; limited parking along Bridgeport and inside the gate. “Mothing” will be around the Red Barn. Map
Notes: No restroom facilities. Bring a flashlight, your insect questions, and curiosity about the natural world.
For updated information visit Moth Night in Elyria Canyon on the Alliance website.

Underwing Moth

Join us in Elyria Canyon Park for a night of Moth Watching!!!
The Mt Washington Beautification Committee is thrilled to be participating in a National Moth Week event, albeit a few days early to accommodate the busy schedules of the folks involved.  Retired lepidopterist from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Julian Donahue, will be leading the event on the evening of July 21, 2012 in Elyria Canyon Park.  Julian plans to use a black light and other light sources to attract moths that can be identified, counted and released.  Julian will also provide insight into the life cycles of those moths and how they fit into the ecological environments of the native Black Walnut woodland and coastal sage ecosystems found in Elyria Canyon Park.  Join us for a fun evening.

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