Butterflies, beetles and bees by day, moths by night

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:00am

The following was sent in by the Block Island Conservancy:

Insects are the most important animals in Rhode Island. They eat plants and other animals, and are themselves food for many animals. They pollinate plants, till the soil, clean the water, and transmit diseases. But most people know little about the insects of Rhode Island. 

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey and The Nature Conservancy want to encourage Block Islanders to look more closely at the insects all around  and will be leading insect programs throughout the day on Thursday, July 20.

Here’s a lineup of events:

Butterflies, Beetles & Bees: What kinds of insects live in a simple meadow? What life stages can we find? We will be searching for the rare nine-spotted ladybug and rusty patched bumblebee, as well as butterflies, beetles, ants, and more. Join us Thursday, July 20 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon walk at Lewis-Dickens Farm, looking for all types of insects. Meet near Wardens Pond at the intersection of West Side Road and Cooneymus Road.

The film “Nicotine Bees” will be shown at the Island Free Library at 7 p.m. as the weekly Green Screening offering.

Moth Mingle: Meet at the Block Island Club for this rare treat, at 9 pm. 

The night is alive with insects but we rarely see them. Using lights and bait, we’ll attract as many nocturnal insects as possible. What stories will the insects tell us about the land and water around us? How diverse is the night-time fauna? Will there be any giant silkworm moths? A big hatch of caddis flies? Will we catch a glimpse of the rare American burying beetle, Rhode Island’s State insect? All kinds of night-time wonders await. 

For questions about meeting times and places call (401) 595-7055.