Moths at Moonlight head for Museums at Night in Stroud

By Ben Miller | 08 May 2009
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A picture of a museum courtyard with grassland nearby

The Museum in the Park in Stroud is launching Moths at Moonlight on Friday May 15 for Museums at Night 2009

Situated in a mansion house surrounded by council-owned parkland, Stroud's Museum in the Park lies in the ideal setting for nature excursions. Thanks to the appointment of new park grounds Manager Mike McCrea, they're also perfectly poised for their moth-themed Museums at Night idea.

"Mike is also a lepidopterist," explains Learning Programmes Officer Ann Taylor. "We invented the Moths by Moonlight event together, to focus on the moths in the museum's collection and bring it to life through Mike's expertise."

McCrea will lead a "sugaring trail" to attract moths, and a special light beam will be switched on in the museum courtyard as dusk falls, capturing the troops as they dance in the light. Gallery Two will also display cases of moths and information about various species who might visit.

"We are hoping for a warm, cloudy atmosphere, which will suit the moths," says Taylor. "We are also hoping that our resident bats, from a maternal roost in the roof of our reception area, won't come out to feast on the moths."

Moths at Moonlight takes place on May 15 2009, 6.45pm - 10pm. Admission free, call 01453 763394.

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