Part of the Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network, a coalition of universities, state and federal agencies. The NTMN chapter participates at the request of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The purpose of the project is to monitor the spread of the cactus moth, a non-native insect species from South America. This invasive pest is capable of significant economic and ecological damage. It attacks prickly pear cactus, of which there are over 100 species in North America and which are highly valued for agricultural and ecological benefits.
Volunteers set up monitoring sites, place and monitor traps, and report results of the catch with traps to the Monitoring Network.
Website: Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network https://www.gri.msstate.edu/research/cmdmn
For more information: www.texasinvasives.org/resources/publications/cactus_moth_pest_alert.pdf (has photos)