Thank you to everyone who participated in National Moth Week 2014

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.
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.

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

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Little moths show off their colors at Long Key Nature Center

By: Sandy Lanman

The best moths often come in tiny packages. Attending a moth night on a steamy mid-summer evening at the Long Key Natural Area in Davie, Fla., certainly proved this.


Kelli (Long Key Nature Center) and Sandy (National Moth Week)

Administrator Kelli Whitney hosted some 30 moth-ers of all ages and experience at the tropical refuge last Friday night. The event was sponsored by the center, which is run by Broward County Parks, in cooperation with the Broward Butterflies Chapter and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

Kelli put up two light setups on the sides of the building, and we also did several walks along a nature trail (look out for spiders!) to the accompaniment of croaking pig frogs (that’s the Florida version of a bull frog). Along the trail, trees had been “painted” with moth bait and Kelli had set up a glass and wood trap with a small light setup that did a great job of attracting moths.

Like any moth night, you have to wait for the best to arrive. And they did – many colorful, small species, along with a beautiful leopard moth. Kelli has identified dozens of varieties on the grounds of the center and had some caterpillars inside. Check out some of the moths we saw (IDs still pending).

Leopard Moth

Leopard Moth



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NMW 2014 results – Philippine Lepidoptera

Philippine Lepidoptera’s (PhiLep) call to its members at their Facebook group page to post their moth finds for the week long National Moth Week celebration was a huge success! Moth photos from all over the Philippines were shared and appreciated. With the help of Dr. Roger Kendrick who gladly provided information and IDs, moth finds were properly documented.

Moth turnout was huge and elicited admiration from members of the group. Several hawk moths were shared. From the gorgeous Oleander Hawk Moth from the plains to the funny looking Death’s Head Hawk Moth from the highlands! It was indeed exciting!

Other finds are the lace-like Geometer moth from Quezon Province, the exotic looking Agaristine moth from Isabela Province, the cute Arctiid moth from Baguio City and  Philippine Moon Moth (Actias philippinica) from Baguio City.

© John Cockell

© John Cockell

© Linda Alisto

© Linda Alisto

© Rey M. Abellada

© Rey M. Abellada

Albert Kang

© Albert Kang

Leana Lahom-Cristobal

©Leana Lahom-Cristobal


©Linda Alisto

©Linda Alisto

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Vijay Barve, NMW India Coordinator, is a winner of the GBIF Young Researchers Award

Vijay Barve, National Moth Week India Coordinator for India, has been selected as a winner of the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) Young Researchers Award.

Vijay Barve is a research fellow at the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) in Bangalore, and a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, United States. He is one of the two 2014 winners of the €4,000 award, granted annually to graduate students demonstrating research innovation and originality, the potential for significant contributions to biodiversity science, and the creative use of data published through GBIF.    Read more on the GBIF website.


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NMW on Science Friday, a weekly radio show

Listen to Elena Tartaglia talking about National Moth Week on the radio show Science Friday. Science Friday (known as SciFri for short) is a weekly call-in talk show that broadcasts in the USA each Friday on PRI.  SciFri is hosted by award winning science journalist Ira Flatow.  The radio show is broadcast on many public radio stations Fridays from 14:00-16:00s EST.

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NMW in Japan portal website has been launched



Moth’ers in Japan should use the moth record submission system (in Japanese)

Photos can be also shared on the Flickr group at

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Insect News Network – NATIONAL MOTH WEEK: 3-Minute “Insect Essentials”

Click here to listen to: Insect News Network – NATIONAL MOTH WEEK: 3-Minute “Insect Essentials” Interview with David Moskowitz

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Interview with Carl Barrentine about moths and mothing

Click here to watch an Interview with Carl Barrentine, member of National Moth Week Science Advisory Board,  on WDAZ ABC channel 8. 

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An Exaltation of Moths, Much-Maligned Kin of the Butterfly, NY Times

Click here to read a NY Times article about National Moth Week.


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Not All Our Nighttime Visitors Are Moths!

By: Sandra Lanman

Just like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, when you go mothing, you never know what you’re going to get.

Last Friday, we kicked off National Moth Week in East Brunswick, NJ, (where NMW started) and were greeted with a nice variety of winged friends – including a surprise “winged” guest – a flying squirrel.

As we trekked between our light setups with our flashlights, the squirrel froze on a tree from fear. Clearly, he/she was not accustomed to visitors. But it froze long enough for us to take its picture before scurrying off to the treetops.

Some interesting moth visitors included a rosy maple, which is as sweet looking as its name, geometers, hawk moths, and others.

If you are capturing photos this week and don’t know what you’re seeing, please submit them to one of our partner organizations or check out their galleries and identification pages. They also will identify your finds. It’s easy and free. Please see the list of NMW partners and check out their sites.

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