Rock Bridge Memorial State Park to hold event for National Moth Week

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 1:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Most people get annoyed with them, but Saturday night Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will be showing the beauty of moths to the public. 

In celebration of National Moth Week, the park will be holding the event in which it is planning to attract moths to the Gilbert Memorial Picnic Shelter area for a public viewing.

Interesting moth facts

  • Some moths can detect when bats are hunting them by sensing the mammals' echolocation sounds.
  • There is one kind of moth that will engage in evasive maneuvers to escape bats.
  • Some moths make noises at bats saying they don’t taste good or disrupt the bats' echolocation. 

Source: Roxie Campbell

Roxie Campbell, park naturalist at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, said moths are interesting insects, and she said she wants to share that with people.

"Many people overlook moths and think they are all brown. But there are actually a lot of colorful moths," Campbell said.

Black lights will be used to attract the moths as well as a type of bait made up of bananas, brown sugar and beer, she said.

No reservations are required for this event, and the park recommends the event to people ages 7 and up attend. Campbell also advises attendees to bring flashlights, but to leave insect repellant at home because it drives the moths away. Guests are welcome anytime between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will also provide ingredients to make s’mores.

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