National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods.

How to participate? 

Register an event or join a public event.  Mothing can be done anywhere- at parks, nature centers, backyards and even in towns and cities. Learn more at the Finding Moths page

Why moths?
  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
  • Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.
  • Proverb Photo/Animation: Jim des Rivieres http://moths.ca/National Moth Week offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

Ever been to a moth night?

 Sounds & sights from NMW 2012 

EOL.orgThis podcast and slide show is part of the One Species at a Time series from the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org). Hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro and produced by Atlantic Public Media. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attributions 3.0 United States License. Link to the podcast on EOL.org and more information – here.


How you can help NMW:

**National Moth Week is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. All content and images on this website and materials produced for National Moth Week are the property of the Friends of EBEC and may not be reproduced without written permission from the organization, and are not for commercial use. © Friends of EBEC/National Moth Week.

National Moth Week logo design – Belen Mena


7 Responses to

  1. Antony Hargiss says:

    My pop was takin me out trappin and we had some traps for moths and butterflies. We got a silver-spotted skipper, a checkered skipper, and a small yellow skipperling. It was pretty cool, so it was nice to see that there is something like moth week.

  2. Darline says:

    about 5 yrs ago a soft gray moth with big blue spot on each wing landed in my partners hand it was a very large moth size of a big hand i didnt have a camera so wish I had a camera at the time we live in the yukon territory canada i all was wondered where it came from because we dont have any huge bugs here.

  3. Helen says:

    I have a Luna Moth cocoon. I’m waiting or her/him to emerge. I found her as a ( very large green ) caterpillar in an oak leaf çluster last fall in Yardley, PA.

  4. Nick Morgan says:

    I have been trapping moths for a Scottish survey. I hadn’t heard of Moth Week, but I will certainly put my trap out then.

  5. DougPete says:

    Your link to the flyer doesn’t work.

  6. Susan Clark Harris says:

    This week I saw a Cecropia Moth hanging around at a gas station. I got some good pictures! Probably not seen one of these since the 1970′s! Others who stopped to look had no idea what it was, or the difference between a moth and a butterfly.

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