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Gardening for Moths

This is an education class taught by guest instructor, Jim McCormac.

One thing is certain: ecologically, moths are critical to pollination and the food web. This talk will be a big picture view of the world of Midwestern moths and what we can do to help them by artfully employing native flora.

Moths dwarf their diurnal counterparts, butterflies, in diversity and sheer numbers. Across the Midwestern U.S., there are about twenty times as many moth species as there are butterflies—maybe more. Most moths are nocturnal, and mystery shrouds even the common species.  Many plants have co-evolved flowers to facilitate moth pollination, bats rely heavily on them as a food source, and moth caterpillars are vital food for birds and other animals. Gardening for moths is easy, and gardeners can play key roles in fostering moth populations. Many easily attracted species are stunning—at least on a par with the showiest butterflies. The gardener may have to venture out after nightfall with a flashlight to admire them, though.

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Instructor: Jim McCormac Jim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, later specializing in wildlife diversity projects, especially involving birds. He has authored or co-authored six books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a co-author of the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. He’s currently at work on books about dragonflies, and moths.

Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous articles in a variety of publications and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2015 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen. Jim is an avid photographer, shooting a range of natural history subjects. He has had hundreds of photos published in various forums.