May 19 – A Night of Nocturnal Insects

Date: May 19, 2021 - May 20, 2021
Time: 9:30 pm  to  12:30 pm
Moths, cicadas, beetles, and more. Join Glené Mynhardt, an entomologist at Hanover College and a new Oak Heritage board member, for a peek at the night life that surrounds us. Glené and her students will set up sheets with black lights to attract nocturnal insects.
Event is free, but RSVP is required.
This will help make social distancing easy – and let you get up close and personal with the insects that fill our nights.
Kid friendly!
Cohosted by our friends, the Environmental Stewardship Committee at Hanover College.
Most importantly: we had originally planned to meet at the Science Center, but there will be more bugs out by the water tower / old YMCA on campus, so we’ve decided to meet there instead. Picture below with a drawing, showing how to find that (follow the yellow line) and where to park (blue dot), and written directions below as well.
A few other tips:
– Bring a headlamp or flashlight to help you navigate safely in the dark, between the “stations” we’ll have set up with sheets and blacklights (to attract the insects).
– You can wear bug spray but try not to douse yourself in it (it could keep bugs other than mosquitoes away!)
– Wear whatever you’ll be comfortable in (we suggest layers!), but know that if you wear white and you’re near the blacklights, the bugs might be attracted to you, too!
– Dr. Glene Mynhardt, an Oak Heritage board member and the professor of this class, says: “I also want to point out that my students will be collecting things, so whoever attends just needs to understand that we may be euthanizing insects. This is because the students are building collections to help us gain a better understanding of insect diversity. No bugs will be harmed unnecessarily.”
Driving Directions:
From the Scenic Drive entrance: Come onto campus and immediately take a right at the “Panther Complex” sign which is where all the athletic fields are.  Drive through the parking lots for the Shoebox, and keep driving around the baseball fields towards the water town / YMCA building. There is some gravel to park, or just pull up onto the grass.
From the Main entrance: When you get to campus, veer a left at the main Hanover College sign (Ball Dr). Then take a left by the clock tower (Morse Rd). Drive past dorms and the Library (on your right), At the far edge of campus, just before you get on Scenic Drive, you’ll see the “”Panther Complex” sign for the athletic fields. Turn left into the lot by the Shoebox.  Drive through the parking lots for the Shoebox, and keep driving around the baseball fields towards the water town / YMCA building. There is some gravel to park, or just pull up onto the grass.