Hiram College

Moths tend to get a bad rap, but they’re truly treasures of nature, says Jennifer Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Hiram College. Moths serve as an important food resource for birds, particularly when they’re caterpillars. Silk moths’ cocoons make way for silk fabrics, popular in the expansive textile industry as well as in cottage operations. As nocturnal creatures, moths’ contributions as nighttime pollinators often go unnoticed.

Moth Night at Hiram College, Wednesday, July 26, 9 p.m. at the James H. Barrow Field Station observation building, 11305 Wheeler Road, Garrettsville, will shed light literally and figuratively on moths. The event intends to attract as many as 40 moth species by way of light.

Family-friendly Moth Night, presented in recognition of National Moth Week, July 22-29, is free and registration is not required. For more details, contact Clark at clarkjm@hiram.edu or 330-569-5315. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights. Rain date: July 27, 9 p.m.