Spring/Summer NEES Activities

Spring/Summer NEES Activities

Here is a current list of events that NEES is either hosting or has members attending this spring and summer: April 27-30: Boston, MA and Bangor and Portland, ME City Nature Challenge 2018 May 19: Carver, MA Myles Standish State Forest (Postponed due to weather, contact Teá Kesting-Handly for details) June 16: Middlebury, VT Otter Creek Audubon Society Moth Night Presentation by NEES members Joanne Russo and Jennifer Murdoch, at the Ilsley Public Library, followed by blacklighting. June (16-17): Marlborough, NH Visit NEES member Sam Jaffe at…

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Spring Meeting March 10th

Spring Meeting March 10th

The New England Entomological Society’s spring meeting is right around the corner! Join us, on March 10, 2018 at the McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library, located at 746 Water St, Framingham, MA 01701. Meeting itinerary: 10am-11am: Officer’s Meeting (anyone is welcome) 11am-12pm: General Meeting 12pm-1pm: Lunch (bring your own – we will provide snacks!) 1pm-2pm: “Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Massachusetts” a presentation by NEES member Joshua S. Rose A reminder that membership fees for the 2018 year…

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Mark Your Calendars: Fall Meeting!

Mark Your Calendars: Fall Meeting!

It’s fall, and for those of us who love insects and other arthropods, that means sallow moths and plume moths, migrating monarchs, annoying non-native stink bugs and lady beetles migrating indoors, Arachtober, and the end of the growing season. But it also means it’s almost time for the NEES fall meeting! This year the meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 18th 10am-3pm, at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St, Athol, MA. We have a pretty amazing agenda planned, featuring a morning…

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Middlebury, VT Moth Week Event

Middlebury, VT Moth Week Event

In Middlebury, VT we held our second annual moth night as part of National Moth Week on Saturday 7/29. The event is sponsored by the Otter Creek Audubon Society (Birding by day, mothing by night?) 32 people gathered in the meeting room of our local library to hear two speakers: JoAnne Russo of south eastern VT, a veteran moth-er (10 years) who has a special interest in VT Moths and is helping to compile a state list that will soon…

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Night Insect Viewing Event in Ware, MA!

Night Insect Viewing Event in Ware, MA!

Have you ever wanted to see what insect diversity can be found in an area that is undergoing lots of habitat restoration? If so, come join the New England Entomological Society in Ware, MA this Saturday, July 29, 2017! We will be setting up lots of lights on a gorgeous property with lots of different habitats (wet meadows, inland restoring pine barrens, deciduous forest). The property is owned by our members Brian and Martha Klassanos. Brian and Martha have been…

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Celebrating National Moth Week

Celebrating National Moth Week

National Moth Week is almost here! Held the third week of July each year, NMW is a great time to find local blacklighting events, or you could even host your own! NEES Treasurer Deb Lievens compiled this list of NMW events in the New England area: July 22, 6:30pm, UNH Cooperative Extension is pairing with local moth enthusiasts Siobhan Basile and NEES Treasurer Deb Lievens for a family friendly event at the Burley Farm in Epping, NH (download flyer here). July 22,…

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June Events – The Caterpillar Lab

June Events – The Caterpillar Lab

Saturday June 24th– Join caterpillar expert and Director of The Caterpillar Lab, Sam Jaffe at his house for a night of exciting blacklighting and nocturnal insects. We will be setting out a variety of moth lights, sheets, and bait, and looking for all sorts of nocturnal insects and larvae throughout the night. At his property in Marlborough NH, set amongst Southern NH’s woodland and swamp habitats, Jaffe has often recorded nearly 200 species of moth flying in a single night. In…

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June Event – Moth Ball

June Event – Moth Ball

Saturday June 17th– From 9pm until late at night, join Athol Bird and Nature Club president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house (1542 Pleasant St., Athol, MA) for the 6th Annual Moth Ball! Search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other flying insects for this spectacular event. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share, and favorite moth baits (don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!). Info: Dave Small: 978-413-1772 or dave@dhsmall.net.   Attached are some photos…

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Myles Standish: Blacklighting and Bait Trail

Myles Standish: Blacklighting and Bait Trail

The club’s first nighttime event did not disappoint! Teá brought a huge bucket of moth bait and painted dozens of trees up and down a sandy trail. We also had two light setups in the nearby woods, one with a mercury vapor lamp and the other with 2 UV blacklights. The bait trail really paid off, with 15 different moth species recorded. It also produced some great photos: Unfortunately, it was super windy that night. That not only made securing the…

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Myles Standish Daytime Walk Event

Myles Standish Daytime Walk Event

The Myles Standish State Forest walk was a huge success! We had a small but enthusiastic group of attendees that hiked in the heat and took some amazing photos. The weather was beautiful and wonderfully cooperative. We walked a good amount on the gasline trail and found some awesome insects and arachnids. The Bearberry was in full bloom and pollinators were all over it. We had a handful of species of butterfly (Brown and Hoary Elfins, American Painted Lady, Azures)…

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