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National Moth Week Festivities Kick-Off In New Jersey

Several Events Will Be Held In East Brunswick
A striped Hyles Livornica moth known, as the "Sphinx Livournien ", is pictured on the leaf of an orange tree in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya on April 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A striped Hyles Livornica moth known, as the “Sphinx Livournien “, is pictured on the leaf of an orange tree in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya on April 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — National Moth Week festivities are under way in New Jersey.

Organizers of the global citizen science project hope to shine a light on moths and their amazing beauty and biodiversity.

National Moth Week was established last year by members of the nonprofit Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. This year, roughly 400 moth-spotting and educational events are registered in all 50 states and nearly 40 countries from July 20 to 28.

The festivities in New Jersey got under way Saturday, with several events staged in East Brunswick.

But the threat of severe thunderstorms forced postponement of the night’s main event _ a moth viewing by flashlight. That’s where white sheets and mercury vapor lights are set up in a park and trees are “painted” with sweet moth bait.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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