18th March (Saturday night 6.00pm) Colo I Suva Forest Park
Learn from the Scientists
Join Siteri for a wonderful moth night at Colo-i-Suva. Be surprised by what you will learn about moths.
They come in incredible variety of shapes and colors and some are as beautiful as butterflies and arguably more useful. Second to only bees in their ability to pollinate a variety of plant species, moths also play vital roles in the natural ecosystem to which they belong.
Participants will assist in setting up light traps, collecting specimens and identifying them.
Only 15 places available so book and pay early to secure a place.
- Duration aprox: 1.5 hours – 2 hours.
- Fitness: Easy, short walk to site.
- Transport NOT provided. Meet at designated area in Colo-i-Suva.
- More information on where to meet and what to bring will be sent to participants later.
- Cost $10 for NatureFiji member. $20 for non-member.
- Minimum Age: 7+ years (must be with adult)
Become a member and enjoy the discounted rate.
Contact : [email protected] Tel: 310 0598
Please book and make payment early.
Siteri Tikoca is mad about moths! With a fun and bubbly personality and being a night person, she delights in studying these beautiful nocturnal creatures. She feels that moths have not received enough attention and attempts to bridge such an important knowledge gap. One of her favorite moments in the field is when she sees moths come to life in the glimpse of a bright light. She has an MSc from USP, specialising in the ecology and taxonomy of Fiji’s macro-moths. She studies how their diversity and distributional patterns are influenced by habitat types and seasonality. Her aim is to measure the diversity of macro-moth fauna in native forest, exotic forest and mixed forest; at elevations below 400m and including the wet and dry seasons, to identify the influence of seasonality on macro-moth diversity. Her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology also provided her with broad experience studying both plants and animals in the marine, coastal and terrestrial habitats of Fiji. Siteri worked with the South Pacific Regional Herbarium for five years where she was involved in specimen identification and curation, fieldwork for environmental impact assessments and biodiversity assessments, as well as community awareness.