For years at UGACR, there has been an ongoing project tracking moth species native to San Luis as part of ongoing entomology research conducted by UGA ecology professor Dr. John Pickering. Mothing stations that consist of a painted white wooden board and bright light are set up in both an open area and under the forest canopy on campus, and research interns photograph and record each moth found on the trap around 2 a.m. every night. They identify the moths and upload their photographs to Discover Life, which then provides the images and identification to anyone, free of charge. Researchers, students, and enthusiasts around the world can access the Discover Life database to conduct their own studies.
Bradley Hiatt, resident naturalist and former moth intern, and Michael Holden, current moth intern are kicking their mothing up a notch by recording each moth at hour and a half intervals during the first three days of the new moon of each month. Hear what they have to say about their own project and the importance of mothing here at UGACR in the interview below.