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MOTH WEEK 2021 -- July 17-25, 2021 NATIONAL MOTH WEEK 2021 is almost upon us!!  From July 17-25, 2021, everyone is encouraged to get outside to observe and photograph moths! This is a WORLDWIDE event!<br />
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We will be compiling a list of all moths shared on JungleDragon&rsquo;s website during Moth Week, so please share your photos at <a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/" rel="nofollow">https://www.jungledragon.com/</a><br />
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The National Moth Week website has ideas on how to attract moths, such as turning on an outside lights and lamps, putting up a sheet that&rsquo;s illuminated by a light, smearing ferment on trees, etc.(<a href="http://nationalmothweek.org/finding-moths-2/" rel="nofollow">http://nationalmothweek.org/finding-moths-2/</a> )<br />
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If anyone has any questions, please comment below! Mark your calendars and get your lights ready to shine! #JungleDragon #MothWeek2021 #NationalMothWeek<br />
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Photo Credits:<br />
1. Edebessa bicolor by Ferdy Christant, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/70587/edebessa_bicolor_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html" title="Edebessa bicolor, La Isla Escondida, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/70587_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=RL7rFWVIoAn2FXnobVOHm4N3a%2BQ%3D" width="152" height="152" alt="Edebessa bicolor, La Isla Escondida, Colombia  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Edebessa bicolor,Fall,Geotagged,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World" /></a></figure><br />
2. Alabonia geoffrella by Pudding4brains, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94323/alabonia_geoffrella_linnaeus_1767.html" title="Alabonia geoffrella (Linnaeus, 1767)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3890/94323_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=7TNWx6byYQsMk4pGQEDJbDva0Wg%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Alabonia geoffrella (Linnaeus, 1767) 12 mm long Alabonia geoffrella,Lepidoptera,Oecophoridae,alabonia geoffrella" /></a></figure><br />
3. Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae by MohammadReza Ehssani, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/97443/axia_epicimelia_theresiae.html" title="Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/4332/97443_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=W%2BxoGEQ69KWO7dOZKZh7xzcxCk8%3D" width="200" height="138" alt="Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae  Axia theresiae,Cimeliidae,Epicimelia,Epicimelia theresiae,Geotagged,Iran,Lepidoptera,axia,gold moth,lepidoptera,moth" /></a></figure><br />
4. Giant Leopard Moth by FrannySopranny, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/99277/giant_leopard_moth.html" title="Giant Leopard Moth"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3740/99277_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=ew8B7qoHhG13DXFb%2BxDCKZqh4Lc%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Giant Leopard Moth He exuded some of his distasteful droplets, in case I tried to eat him. Geotagged,Giant Leopard Moth,Hypercompe scribonia,Spring,United States" /></a></figure><br />
5. Cool Maiden by Claire Hamilton, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/23794/cool_maiden.html" title="Cool Maiden"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/574/23794_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=vMybOsBGZkgZik%2Fz%2F38sJWhOB4Y%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Cool Maiden Yes, that is actually its name! A member of a group of day flying moths known as &#039;Handmaidens&#039;. They are slow flying with large narrow fore-wings and reduced hind wings. The wings have clear spots and patches.<br />
As is often the case, I was looking for something else and came across this real gem. Amata kuhlweini,Arctiidae,Cool Maiden,Geotagged,Moth Week 2018,South Africa,Spring,ctenuchinae,day moths,handmaidens,lepidoptera,moths,south africa" /></a></figure><br />
6. Silver-striped hawk moth by Ruth Spigelman, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/117829/silver-striped_hawk_moth.html" title="Silver-striped hawk moth"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/117829_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=U1MiDS4rsgcZQ9RWHzyVU1Vw1UI%3D" width="144" height="152" alt="Silver-striped hawk moth On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.<br />
                                        <br />
Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.  <br />
<br />
Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp. <br />
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Wingspan 6 cm<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/118605/silver-striped_hawk_moth_lateral.html Australia,Geotagged,Hippotion celerio,Lepidoptera,Macro,Silver-striped hawk-moth,Sphingidae,Winter,arthropod,fauna,insect,invertebrate,vine hawk moth" /></a></figure><br />
7. Symphlebia underwoodi by Peter Dexter Hoell, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/104393/symphlebia_underwoodi.html" title="Symphlebia underwoodi"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/4395/104393_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=AWqXYHO0U%2B%2Bp1nimdDolBWLngD8%3D" width="120" height="152" alt="Symphlebia underwoodi Dapa, Valle Del Cauca 2100m Symphlebia underwoodi" /></a></figure><br />
8. Pityeja histrionaria by Ferdy Christant, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77137/pityeja_histrionaria_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html" title="Pityeja histrionaria, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/77137_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=aqCr%2BqBxnF9q%2BuhbNgsuckN10SQ%3D" width="200" height="132" alt="Pityeja histrionaria, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,La Planada Nature Reserve,Pityeja histrionaria,South America" /></a></figure><br />
9. American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella) by Lisa Kimmerling, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115726/american_ermine_moth_yponomeuta_multipunctella.html" title="American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/115726_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=kLcTEfXVoJO9G%2FOMFSaGSy6VIes%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella) On a Smilax sp. vine at a mixed forest edge.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115727/american_ermine_moth_yponomeuta_multipunctella.html American Ermine Moth,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Yponomeuta multipunctella" /></a></figure><br />
10. Eois golosata by Peter Dexter Hoell, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/99216/eois_golosata.html" title="Eois golosata"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/4395/99216_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=6rni1fasK9Z1ePY%2BPFv1QtTbaMc%3D" width="200" height="122" alt="Eois golosata Dapa, Valle Del Cauca 2100m Eois golosata,Moth Week 2020" /></a></figure><br />
11. Oxyptilus chrysodactyla by Pudding4brains, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/96711/oxyptilus_chrysodactyla.html" title="Oxyptilus chrysodactyla"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/96711_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=sClqTPhrdWEDf5gODPX6LpkYn0U%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Oxyptilus chrysodactyla  Jane&#039;s garden,Oxyptilus,Oxyptilus chrysodactyla,Pterophoridae,Pterophorinae,nl: Havikskruidvedermot" /></a></figure><br />
12. Forester Moth by Jivko Nakev, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/31389/forester_moth.html" title="Forester Moth"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1332/31389_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=jT6AkJJuM1kXRqCoMVGVVwYyTvg%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Forester Moth Forester moth - Adscita obscura Adscita obscura,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Burnet moth,Europe,Forester moth,Geotagged,Insecta,Iskar river,Lepidoptera,Moth Week 2018,Procris obscura,Sofia,Summer,Wildlife,Zygaenidae" /></a></figure><br />
13. Idalus erythronota by Ferdy Christant, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77135/idalus_erythronota_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html" title="Idalus erythronota, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/77135_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=eq%2FvGn7%2F%2BnSX1PZuO3tpHk8jde4%3D" width="142" height="152" alt="Idalus erythronota, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia It&#039;s easy to miss details when a species is overwhelmingly vibrant. For example this species has purple shoulders...and red lipstick :) Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Idalus erythronota,La Planada Nature Reserve,South America" /></a></figure><br />
14. Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini by Christine Young, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63250/virginia_creeper_clearwing_-_albuna_fraxini.html" title="Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/63250_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=Bh0GD1nMJYATps9f5UWnWaOhzXU%3D" width="200" height="166" alt="Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini This moth was such a stunner!  Its forewings were partly black and marked with reddish purple and an orange discal bar.  The abdomen was black and had a flared, brushy tuft at the tip. Antennae have a white band near the ends.<br />
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Spotted resting low near the ground on vegetation in a deciduous forest. I tried to be very stealthy to sneak up on this moth before it got scared away. I knew I would have to use my flash, which would undoubtedly scare it off.  So, I basically got one shot before it took off. I would have loved to get more shots of this beauty! It&#039;s my first time finding a clearwing borer! Albuna fraxini,Geotagged,Moth Week 2018,Sesiidae,Summer,Virginia creeper clearwing,moth" /></a></figure><br />
15. Hyperthaema sanguineata by Rodrigo Bernal, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/100095/hyperthaema_sanguineata_erebidae.html" title="Hyperthaema sanguineata (Erebidae)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3649/100095_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=3CgRJ%2FdfxO04ojdvQ4PJ7gxvMcQ%3D" width="104" height="152" alt="Hyperthaema sanguineata (Erebidae) Huila, Reserva Merenberg, 2200 m. The oldest private reserve in Colombia. Colombia,Geotagged,Hyperthaema sanguineata,Summer" /></a></figure><br />
16. Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi by Ferdy Christant, <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/89584/cirrhochrista_grabczewskyi_ivoloina_park_madagascar.html" title="Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi, Ivoloina park, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/89584_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=v4e9eWyqtt7mcX9JMATmuIOWnBY%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi, Ivoloina park, Madagascar An extraordinarily well defined moth. Most definitely Cirrhochrista sp. and within that genus, this by far comes closest:<br />
http://www.afromoths.net/species/show/13558<br />
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The only doubt/problem is one little detail in the wings. Note the jagged tooth-like line in the middle of the wing on my pic, versus the straight thick line on that reference. Africa,Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi,Geotagged,Ivoloina park,LepiLED,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
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MOTH WEEK 2021 -- July 17-25, 2021

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK 2021 is almost upon us!! From July 17-25, 2021, everyone is encouraged to get outside to observe and photograph moths! This is a WORLDWIDE event!

We will be compiling a list of all moths shared on JungleDragon’s website during Moth Week, so please share your photos at https://www.jungledragon.com/

The National Moth Week website has ideas on how to attract moths, such as turning on an outside lights and lamps, putting up a sheet that’s illuminated by a light, smearing ferment on trees, etc.(http://nationalmothweek.org/finding-moths-2/ )

If anyone has any questions, please comment below! Mark your calendars and get your lights ready to shine! #JungleDragon #MothWeek2021 #NationalMothWeek


Photo Credits:
1. Edebessa bicolor by Ferdy Christant,

Edebessa bicolor, La Isla Escondida, Colombia  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Edebessa bicolor,Fall,Geotagged,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World

2. Alabonia geoffrella by Pudding4brains,
Alabonia geoffrella (Linnaeus, 1767) 12 mm long Alabonia geoffrella,Lepidoptera,Oecophoridae,alabonia geoffrella

3. Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae by MohammadReza Ehssani,
Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae  Axia theresiae,Cimeliidae,Epicimelia,Epicimelia theresiae,Geotagged,Iran,Lepidoptera,axia,gold moth,lepidoptera,moth

4. Giant Leopard Moth by FrannySopranny,
Giant Leopard Moth He exuded some of his distasteful droplets, in case I tried to eat him. Geotagged,Giant Leopard Moth,Hypercompe scribonia,Spring,United States

5. Cool Maiden by Claire Hamilton,
Cool Maiden Yes, that is actually its name! A member of a group of day flying moths known as 'Handmaidens'. They are slow flying with large narrow fore-wings and reduced hind wings. The wings have clear spots and patches.<br />
As is often the case, I was looking for something else and came across this real gem. Amata kuhlweini,Arctiidae,Cool Maiden,Geotagged,Moth Week 2018,South Africa,Spring,ctenuchinae,day moths,handmaidens,lepidoptera,moths,south africa

6. Silver-striped hawk moth by Ruth Spigelman,
Silver-striped hawk moth On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.<br />
                                        <br />
Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.  <br />
<br />
Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp. <br />
<br />
Wingspan 6 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/118605/silver-striped_hawk_moth_lateral.html Australia,Geotagged,Hippotion celerio,Lepidoptera,Macro,Silver-striped hawk-moth,Sphingidae,Winter,arthropod,fauna,insect,invertebrate,vine hawk moth

7. Symphlebia underwoodi by Peter Dexter Hoell,
Symphlebia underwoodi Dapa, Valle Del Cauca 2100m Symphlebia underwoodi

8. Pityeja histrionaria by Ferdy Christant,
Pityeja histrionaria, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,La Planada Nature Reserve,Pityeja histrionaria,South America

9. American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella) by Lisa Kimmerling,
American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella) On a Smilax sp. vine at a mixed forest edge.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115727/american_ermine_moth_yponomeuta_multipunctella.html American Ermine Moth,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Yponomeuta multipunctella

10. Eois golosata by Peter Dexter Hoell,
Eois golosata Dapa, Valle Del Cauca 2100m Eois golosata,Moth Week 2020

11. Oxyptilus chrysodactyla by Pudding4brains,
Oxyptilus chrysodactyla  Jane's garden,Oxyptilus,Oxyptilus chrysodactyla,Pterophoridae,Pterophorinae,nl: Havikskruidvedermot

12. Forester Moth by Jivko Nakev,
Forester Moth Forester moth - Adscita obscura Adscita obscura,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Burnet moth,Europe,Forester moth,Geotagged,Insecta,Iskar river,Lepidoptera,Moth Week 2018,Procris obscura,Sofia,Summer,Wildlife,Zygaenidae

13. Idalus erythronota by Ferdy Christant,
Idalus erythronota, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia It's easy to miss details when a species is overwhelmingly vibrant. For example this species has purple shoulders...and red lipstick :) Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Idalus erythronota,La Planada Nature Reserve,South America

14. Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini by Christine Young,
Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini This moth was such a stunner!  Its forewings were partly black and marked with reddish purple and an orange discal bar.  The abdomen was black and had a flared, brushy tuft at the tip. Antennae have a white band near the ends.<br />
<br />
Spotted resting low near the ground on vegetation in a deciduous forest. I tried to be very stealthy to sneak up on this moth before it got scared away. I knew I would have to use my flash, which would undoubtedly scare it off.  So, I basically got one shot before it took off. I would have loved to get more shots of this beauty! It's my first time finding a clearwing borer! Albuna fraxini,Geotagged,Moth Week 2018,Sesiidae,Summer,Virginia creeper clearwing,moth

15. Hyperthaema sanguineata by Rodrigo Bernal,
Hyperthaema sanguineata (Erebidae) Huila, Reserva Merenberg, 2200 m. The oldest private reserve in Colombia. Colombia,Geotagged,Hyperthaema sanguineata,Summer

16. Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi by Ferdy Christant,
Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi, Ivoloina park, Madagascar An extraordinarily well defined moth. Most definitely Cirrhochrista sp. and within that genus, this by far comes closest:<br />
http://www.afromoths.net/species/show/13558<br />
<br />
The only doubt/problem is one little detail in the wings. Note the jagged tooth-like line in the middle of the wing on my pic, versus the straight thick line on that reference. Africa,Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi,Geotagged,Ivoloina park,LepiLED,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World

    comments (22)

  1. Those are all amazing...such a great compilation! Posted 18 days ago
    1. Thanks! We have almost 4,000 lepidopteran species documented on JungleDragon! Posted 18 days ago
    2. Will you join, Wesley :) Posted 18 days ago
      1. I've already started photographing some moths to post on JungleDragon:) Posted 17 days ago
        1. Yay, thanks man! Posted 17 days ago
        2. Yay! I can't wait to see your moth pics, Wesley! Posted 17 days ago
  2. Yay! I can't wait to see what everyone finds!! Posted 18 days ago
    1. Me too! Posted 18 days ago
      1. Thought it would only start tomorrow, whoops. Anyway, put up a banner. Posted 7 days ago
        1. Thanks :) Posted 7 days ago
          1. Welcome. A fun race to watch this year may be between Lepidoptera (3,844) and Birds (3,888)! Posted 7 days ago
            1. Ohhhh, wow. I am not sure which group to root for. Which one will reach 4,000 first?! Posted 7 days ago
              1. Hard to say, at current moth species growth, might be Lepidoptera. Longer term our light hugging friends will definitely win, as there's only 10,000 bird species.

                That's why birders are now massively splitting species, just so they can have more. Pathetic!
                Posted 7 days ago
                1. I'm voting for leps over birbs. ;P I'm not biased at all. Posted 7 days ago
                  1. My bet will be on flying things. Posted 7 days ago
                    1. HA!! Posted 6 days ago
                      1. I want both to win, though. I can't choose. It's a win-win. Posted 6 days ago
                        1. That's the spirit, this is not a zero sum game. More of everything is good.

                          Silly light huggers should still win though.
                          Posted 6 days ago
            2. Looks like we crushed the stupid flying dinosaurs also known as "birds". The path is clear to the next target of 4,000 leps somewhere this year.

              Moth homepage takeover tomorrow?
              Posted 2 days ago
              1. Yes!!! I will be out for a good part of the day for baseball playoffs, but will help out when I'm home. Maybe I'll throw up a Facebook post as well. :) Posted 2 days ago
                1. Great, and no rush. I'll set up the first homepage slots tomorrow. Posted 2 days ago
                  1. Sounds good! Posted 2 days ago

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