September 11, 2019

The Moth Project

Start Time: September 11, 2019 4:00pm
End Time: September 11, 2019 11:00pm

September 11, 2019

Artist’s Talk: Harman 103 4-5 p.m.

Nighttime Moth Garden: Main Quad 7-11 p.m.

This is a family-friendly event.

DesChene and Schmuki have chosen to focus on moths because of their diversity and potential usefulness as pollinators. There is much concern over the dramatic rise in Honey Bee Depopulation Syndrome (HBDS) or Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in which the colony abruptly dies or disappears. Many do not realize the vital role bees’ play in maintaining a balanced eco-system. Asking what would happen if bees completely disappeared led the artists to consider nighttime insects, or second- shift pollinators, such as the misunderstood moth for food crop pollination.

Nighttime Moth Garden: During this magical nighttime event, the public will take part in an experiential and educational survey of nighttime pollinators. Participants aid in the non-destructive survey of insects drawn to the off-grid, solar-powered light tents adjacent to the onsite gardens. This visually stunning project compiles educational outreach, videos, discussions, field reports, and other documentation for a field guide that promotes an understanding and appreciation for pollinators, native plants, ecological responsible sources of power, and citizen science.

For more information: Dr. Kelly Wacker-

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.