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AGM & The Moths Around Us

Monday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm (note the early start time)

Join us for our Annual Members Meeting at 7pm, followed by the regular monthly meeting at 7:30 pm.  Our guest speaker this year will be Alan Macnaughton.  Alan will treat us with a presentation of The Moths All Around Us followed by an outdoor event on the night of Friday, May 31st and the morning of June 1st.

Moths have been described as “butterflies, but with a bad reputation.”  Several moth species are pests – who can love the spongy (gypsy) moth or the tent caterpillar? And it is annoying to be standing outside under an overhead light and have a moth buzzing near your head. But who wouldn’t love to see a beautiful green luna moth, as big as your hand, resting on a tree trunk during the day? And have you ever wondered how moths find a mate in the dark, or why moths come to light? There is so much to learn — 1 in 10 of all living species on the planet is a moth, and every year my moth-er friends and I find species new to Waterloo Region, new to the province and even new to Canada. Moths are all around us, and I hope to bring you into their exciting world.

Alan is a retired professor of accounting from the University of Waterloo. As a side gig, he’s been fascinated by moths and butterflies since he was a teenager. Alan is the vice-president of the Toronto Entomologists’ Association. He has been recognized by the Entomological Society of Canada for outstanding contributions as a non-professional entomologist. He has also received an award from Ontario Nature for creating web-based atlases of butterflies and reptiles & amphibians. His moth activities are centred around iNaturalist, having recorded almost 1,000 species of moths in Waterloo Region and many others in Essex and Bruce counties.

This will be a hybrid meeting and you can choose to attend either in-person or via Zoom.  The Annual Members Meeting starts at 7:00 PM, the regular monthly meeting will start about 7:30 PM, and the presenter will be on at approximately 8:00 PM or shortly thereafter.

To attend via Zoom, register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEldO2opjMsHdDZ24Nbsb3FfnZWLyZdOAi2

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.