The value of urban greenspace for moth conservation

Urbanization is driving the loss of moth species worldwide; an estimated two-thirds of common species have declined significantly since the mid 19th century. Moths improve ecosystem health by transferring pollen and providing an important food
resource for birds, bats and other wildlife. Urban greening can benefit some insects, but its value for moths has not been explored. I will partner with Columbus Metro Parks and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed to evaluate the impact of large-scale suburban metro parks and small-scale urban pollinator gardens on moth communities within Franklin County, Ohio, a rapidly growing metro area. The results of this project will likely demonstrate the importance of integrating multiple approaches to moth conservation in areas where these insects are rapidly disappearing.

About why moths should be conserved Lucy said, “they are cute, they are fluffy, and they make great snacks (if you’re a bird).”