Science University Research Symposium (SURS)

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2023


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Biology, Department of

SURS Faculty Advisor

Darlene Panvini

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Moths can act as indicators of environmental wellness due to their pollution sensitivity and the complexity of biodiversity required to support their life cycles. Urbanization can impact the occurrence of moths in protected green spaces. Higher moth species richness was hypothesized to occur in parks surrounded by more rural areas. Three metropolitan parks were chosen in the Nashville area: downtown, within a suburban neighborhood, and in a rural area. Tree canopy cover and degree of impervious surfaces were assessed for each park and surrounding area using iTreeCanopy. Moths were attracted to a white sheet using a mercury vapor bulb, UV wand, and sugar mix. Individuals were identified to species. Our surveys showed higher moth species richness in the park surrounded by rural landscape. Supporting moth diversity in urban areas may include monitoring for pollution and installing a diverse mix of plant species in areas surrounding public green spaces.



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