nwm-2014-500pxNational 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. National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, during the last full week of July.

This year, nearly 500 registrations were received from 42 countries, all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They represented thousands of local events in a multitude of locations, from National and state parks to museums, from local nature centers to private backyards.

Thank you to everyone who participated in National Moth Week 2014. Whether you attended an organized event or observed the moths in your own backyard, you were part of a worldwide citizen science project that is illuminating the beauty and importance of moths, and collecting valuable data about them.

In a few months, we will post registration information for National Moth Week 2015, July 18-26, so start planning your events now!

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.

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How you can help NMW:

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. Information and registration for Moth Week 2015 – coming soon.

**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

 

11 Responses to

  1. Michael Kurz says:

    On Saturday we found a new moth for the federal territory of Salzburg, the third record only for Austria: Noctua interjecta caliginosa, a (sub)species that is normally distrubuted in NW-part of central Europe only.

  2. Moth lovers, check out Moths_Kundasang_Sabah_Malaysia (near Mt. Kinabalu, North Borneo):

    I set this Google+ album to Public. Please let me know if you have problems viewing.

  3. I have a life-sized cercropia moth tattoo on my shoulder and a luna moth on my arm. I have always loved insects, but moths are one of my favorites!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. DougPete says:

    Your link to the flyer doesn’t work.

  9. 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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