Hiram College

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Make like a tarantula? Double as a bird dropping? Moths have some clever and intriguing survival skills. These nocturnal creatures will take center stage Wednesday, July 27 at 9 p.m. at Moth Night at Hiram College. Held at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station, 11305 Wheeler Road, Garrettsville, the event will reveal the nighttime world of moths.

Led by Jennifer Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Hiram, the free, family-friendly affair will spotlight moths’ striking attributes. Attendees will discover these insects’ vivid colors, which range from tangerine orange to lime green, and learn about their contribution as an important food resource for birds, bats and lizards.

“Caterpillars are major fuel for songbird nestlings,” says Clark, who adds that moth diversity is declining worldwide. Roughly 11,000 moth species in the United States and Canada exist.

Hiram is hosting the event in recognition of National Moth Week, July 23-31 . Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights and cameras. For more details, contact clarkjm@hiram.edu  or 330.569.5315. Rain date: Thursday, July 28.