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Community Actions + Individual Choices

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A fully enjoyable and exciting experience sharing the Moth Project at Marfa Dialogues STL!

Community actions along with individual choices foster a better understanding and positive relationship with local pollinators. — they all add up.  Follow this link:!st-louis/cvi5

Best, Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki = PlantBot Genetics and the Moth Project

A Banded Tussock Moth at PXSTL

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Another identified arrival to the moth tents last night at PXSTL — the Banded Tussock Moth or Halysidota tessellaris. Wings are yellowish-white with bands of beige edged in faint black across for wings. The body is hairy and yellow and the thorax has blue-green lines on the upper sides. Larvae are known to feed on alder, ash, birch, blueberry, chestnut,… Read More >

Imperial Moth at PXSTL

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A brief visitor to the Moth Project tents Thursday Night: an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperials).  PlantBot Genetics has just one more night at the PXSTL Site on Friday August 1, 6-9:30 pm so visit and see what flies by…!moths/c1qbm

Ecological Literacy

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Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy — an understanding of the principles that underlie all life. PlantBot Genetics and the Moth Project explores new ways to understand natural systems and how to live and work within them.  Our  off-grid solar “power stations” allow us freedom from the electrical outlet and promote renewable power — good for people and insects alike!

The Moth Project Promotes Community Driven Solutions

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Beneficial Pollinators Knowing that honeybees, bumble bees,  moths, birds, and small mammals that pollinate over 90% of the planet’s flowering plants and one third of human food crops — How can you help?

Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees About 90% of all flowering plants need the help of animals to move pollen from flower to flower for the production of fruits… Read More >

Moths as Environmental Indicators

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Moths play a vital role in telling us more about the health of our environment. They are widespread found in diverse habitats, and sensitive to ecological changes making them particularly useful as an indicator species of climate change. Monitoring their numbers and ranges can give us vital clues to changes in our own environment, such as the… Read More >

moths and bees?

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Under the guise of PlantBot Genetics, artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki created the Moth Project project to underscore bee decline and the importance of other pollinators in the environment. Night-time insect survey events provide hands on activities and offers simple actions that support pollinators while encouraging backyard naturalism and citizen science.

In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey,… Read More >