When it comes to the scientific order Lepidoptera
, butterflies get all the best press. But moths can be just as fascinating, as you’ll learn if you participate in some of this month’s activities in observance of National Moth Week
at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie. These fun programs will help you gain a greater appreciation of the importance of moths to the planet’s ecosystems.
First up is Magical Moths for Kids
, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. (The program repeats at the same time the following day.) Activities are free and are geared to ages 3 to 10, and may include games, science experiments, crafts, and hands-on experiences.
Also on Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., celebrate Moth Day
with free activities all day, including presentations by experts, gardening demos, educational booths, prizes, and a how-to workshop on moth viewing. That night, from 8 to 10:30 p.m., Moth Night
will feature lights and no-kill traps set up to attract moths for up-close viewing and photographing. The fee is $5 per person.
Sandwiched in between on Saturday, there will be a Pollinator Plant Sale, offering plants that attract moths and butterflies. The sale, which benefits the Friends of Long Key volunteer group, is from noon to 5 p.m. For more information on any of these program components, call Long Key at 954-357-8797.
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center
3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie 33330