MOTHS AT hickatee

Contrary to popular belief... 

Moths are NOT all boring brown things. Granted, there are some slightly less interesting brown things, but there are also many beautiful versions, and many with the most amazing patterns and textures.

 

Unlike most butterflies, moths are fairly obliging creatures and generally land with their wings open, and often stay put with plenty of time to take photos. This, coupled with most moths being night-flying, makes moth-ing a particularly sociable hobby, leaving you free to spend your days exploring the District, with evenings spent at Hickatee.

In past years, Hickatee Cottages participated in National Moth Week to celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods.

While National Moth Week continues to be held worldwide, nightly mothing at Hickatee Cottages offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and learn more on these beautiful creatures. 

Belize's first ever National Moth Week Event was held at Hickatee in 2013. Having recorded 52 species in just one evening, the project was expanded to the following year to a whole week of events. In 2014 there were 421 additional species  photographed during the week, and in 2015 added a further 428 species!

 

We continue to gather data of our nightly moths and invite you to join us!