Mothing in 2016 has been just as enlightening as it was when we started the 1000 moth challenge in September 2014. We ended 2015 with 650 species and we end 2016 with an incredible 952 species. Every time we set the traps we become excited with anticipation as we discover just how diverse moths are and how important they must be as pollinators to a healthy biodiversity.
From size to shape, to colour, to texture, to mimickery, to vagrancy – moths cover it all. We never know what may turn up.
The Thickson’s Woods Moth Group is a lot of fun and we hope to invite small numbers of interested people to come and learn what we do and hopefully get “the bug” as we did.
There are about 168 species of butterfly recorded in Ontario, compared to about 3000 moth species. If we consider how important butterflies are then is it not fair to consider by scale how important moths must be? We know little about them but they are pollinators and I call them the Forgotten Pollinators. The fascinating project creates more and more questions.
THE MOTHS OF THICKSON’S WOODS
Illustrated Field Checklist by Phill Holder
SILKWORM AND SPHINX MOTHS OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO
by David Beadle