The Fucecchio Marsh Research Center promotes a Valdinievole nightclub census and invites citizens to participate by sending pictures of moths, caterpillars, and crisps.
In Italy about 5000 species of night butterflies have been censored, with about 200 species of day butterflies. Even with regard to the huge number of species and the greatest difficulty in contact, night butterflies are generally less known and less investigated.
As other orders of insects, butterflies and moths have undergone a significant decline in the last 50 years, whose causes are varied and complex, but largely due to human activities such as the transformation of natural habitats, agricultural practices Increasingly intensive and massive use of pesticides.
Hence, the important role of protected areas, which promotes good agricultural practices, ensures the preservation of fragments of nature and biodiversity and promotes dissemination and research activities.
An investigation of moths, often overwhelming and elusive nightworms, but with extraordinarily varied shapes and colors, the dual aim is to collect (largely missing) data on this large number of insects, but also to involve the public in a simple activity Gathering data, drawing attention to these animals, and more generally on the complex network of interconnections that guarantee the lives of ecosystems.
Moths, like many other insects, are plant pollinators, and therefore also have an economic value for the production of fruits and other agricultural products.
The project of the Padule Research Center of Fucecchio is part of the “Citizen Science”, a practice of scientific research that also uses the contribution of non-skilled citizens who intend to participate in the data collection.
We will use a non-cruel (no animal killing or disturbance) survey method, based on the collection of images, along with some information.
For information about the project: email, web pages