As a part of her PhD work at UMass Boston, Teá Kesting-Handly has undertaken a 5-year study of hawk moths in 14 Massachusetts state parks, forests, and conservation lands including the Blue Hills. She is documenting how their populations and distribution are different in rural and urban settings.  The Blue Hills constitutes a large expanse of open space, yet is also located close to urban and suburban centers.  Teá’s research in the Blue Hills and throughout Massachusetts will explore the impact of development on ecosystems, exemplified by the humble moth.

Watch the video below to learn about Teá’s research and the ecology and life history of Sphingidae in Massachusetts, as well as preliminary findings from her work.