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Night Wings Over the Prairie – Insect Life After Dark

August 23, 2023 @ 6:45 pm 8:00 pm

Join us for the August 23 meeting @ Red Cross Building – 2700 Southwest Freeway

As prairie lovers, you know a lot about prairie plants and their associated
insect life during the daytime.  But how much do you know about insect
nightlife?  Join us August 23 as we explore nocturnal insect species at
three Houston-area prairies: Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, Nash Prairie Preserve,
and Texas City Prairie Preserve.  Mary Spolyar will show us
who comes to the light when the sun goes down.  From colorful micro
leafhoppers (Typhlocybinae) to mantidflies (which are not flies!) and
very long-horned beetles to fabulous sphinx moths, it’s a kaleidoscope of life
in the prairie night.

Mary Spolyar is a Texas Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast Chapter and a plant knowledge instructor for the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) classes offered by the Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter. She enjoys volunteering for Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery, for which she visits local prairie remnants to collect seeds and helps to grow out native plants. A native Houstonian, she loves being outdoors, observing life and stalking small creatures with her cell phone camera. You can find her on iNaturalist as “rednat”.


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