National Moth Week events today, July 27, 2016

These are mothing events being held today, July 27, 2016!

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Locust Underwing

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes.

From Project Noah:

Fun Fact! While moths considered to be “true underwings” are found in the genus Catocala, there are a variety of other underwing moths that bear a striking resemblance toward those in the genus Catocala, such as this Locust Underwing, Euparthenos nubilis. This moth is best distinguished from the “true underwings” by the additional black striping on the underwing, as moths in the Catocala genus tend to have fewer black marks. While this species is not a “true underwing” it is important to understand that this moth likely uses the same scare tactics associated with the Catocala.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2016 is July 23-31. Visit the website for more information and be sure to register a public or private event! An event can be as simple as observing the moths that come to a porch. During NMW, be sure to submit your photos to one of our many partners! If you submit them to Project Noah, be sure to add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

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National Moth Week events today, July 26, 2016

These are mothing events being held today, July 26, 2016!

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A Guide to BugGuide, Guest post by Robert Lord Zimlich

Robert Lord Zimlich is a Contributing Editor for BugGuide.net.

If you have images of insects and spiders that you would like identified, BugGuide.net, is the premier identification website in North America. The interactive nature and easy submitting process, continue to be major factors in its success. Unlike similar websites, a contributor need only register, and start posting images for ID request. While hosted by Iowa State University’s entomology department, Ids and placements are made by more than 200 veteran editors, assisted by expert specialists from universities from around the world.

BugGuide’s large database of more than 1 million images, is easily accessible. You are always only a few clicks from, say, finding what species of moths have been submitted from your state.

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Ilia Underwing

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes.

From Project Noah:

Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia) spotted by Project Noah user Mandy Hollman.

Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia) spotted by Project Noah user Mandy Hollman.

Fun Fact! While adult underwing moths in the genus Catocala are masters of disguise, so are their larval counterparts. These caterpillars are a variety of grays and greens and typically assume the appearance of lichen, such as this Ilia Underwing, Catocala ilia. This demonstrates how evolution affects all aspects of an organism’s life, and how certain species may adopt different forms of mimicry throughout their life cycle. In this case, the larval form of this species has evolved to be a lichen mimic while the forewings of the adult mimic tree bark.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2016 is July 23-31. Visit the website for more information and be sure to register a public or private event! An event can be as simple as observing the moths that come to a porch. During NMW, be sure to submit your photos to one of our many partners! If you submit them to Project Noah, be sure to add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

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In praise of moths – Guest post by Matthew Gandy

Matthew Gandy is a Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge and the author of the new book ‘Moth’.

The pitch invasion by moths at the Stadte de France brought these fascinating and mysterious insects to public attention. In truth, however, moths have been making a “comeback” for several years. Why should this be so?

Paranthrene tabaniformis. A so-called clearwing moth that resembles a wasp. The phenomenon of insect mimicry has been a source of fascination for Vladimir Nabokov and many other authors. Photo: Matthew Gandy.

The Internet has transformed the possibilities for sharing scientific knowledge and in particular the subtle complexities of species identification. Instead of waiting weeks or months for a response from an overworked museum based specialist it is now possible for an extended and vibrant community of experts, both lay and professional, to help expand public knowledge of moths. Natural history has become more accessible than ever before.
There has been spate of excellent new field guides to help inspire interest in the subject and transform everyday excursions or accidental finds into an experience of wonder at the natural world. In the place of photographic plates depicted faded ranks of set specimens there has been a revolutionary emphasis on the depiction of the living likeness of a moth in its natural resting position.
Scientific research into moths is also expanding to include new fields such as light pollution, pollination, and DNA barcoding. Changes in the abundance and distribution of moths provide vital clues into the rate and scale of contemporary environmental change. This is a also a scientific project that every moth enthusiast can take part in so that out observations or scribbled notes become part of something bigger. Moths are now at the forefront of citizen science.
Moths are becoming a trendy dimension to popular culture ranging from tattoos to album cover art. The presence of moths now extends from the literary classics of Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf to the vibrant colours of graffiti art or their mysterious presence in the films of Andrea Arnold. The moth is now part of our culture flitting between the Gothic imagination and intimations of the entomological sublime.


A special offer for National Moth Week participants and followers: Order the book at a special 20% discount! To take advantage of the offer – go towww.reaktionbooks.co.uk and enter the special discount code NMW20 at the checkout. The offer will end on 31 August 2016.

Outside the UK the book will be available on Amazon.com: Moth (Animal) Paperback – July 15, 2016 by Matthew Gandy (Author)

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National Moth Week events today, July 25, 2016

There are 98 mothing events today, July 25, 2016!

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Darling Underwing

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes.

From Project Noah:

Darling Underwing (Catocala cara) spotted by Project Noah user Tom15.

Darling Underwing (Catocala cara) spotted by Project Noah user Tom15.

Fun Fact! Moths in the Catocala genus are unique for their themed names. Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist credited with being the “father of modern taxonomy”, named four species in this genus and gave many names related to marriage and love, such as Catocala sponsa, with “sponsa” meaning wife. Future taxonomists would add to this theme, adding moths such as Catocala amatrix, the Sweetheart, and the moth featured in this fun fact, the Darling Underwing, Catocala cara. While not all moths in the Catocala genus have a name related to love, women, or marriage, the trend is interesting for such a unique group of moths.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2016 is July 23-31. Visit the website for more information and be sure to register a public or private event! An event can be as simple as observing the moths that come to a porch. During NMW, be sure to submit your photos to one of our many partners! If you submit them to Project Noah, be sure to add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

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National Moth Week events today, July 24,2016

There are 87 mothing events today, July 24, 2016!

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Owlet moth

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes.

From Project Noah:

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Owlet moth (Catocala nymphaea), spotted in by Project Noah user ChristosKazilas.

Fun Fact! The underwings are moths in the genus Catocala (family Erebidae). They are known for having camouflaged forewings and boldly colored hindwings, that can be yellow, orange, red, blue, black, or white.

Moths in the genus Catocala are primarily native to North America and Eurasia, although there are some species found in the Neotropics, Africa, and some tropical regions in Southeast Asia. About half of all species are found in North America, and of those, most are found in the United States.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2016 is July 23-31. Visit the website for more information and be sure to register a public or private event! An event can be as simple as observing the moths that come to a porch. During NMW, be sure to submit your photos to one of our many partners! If you submit them to Project Noah, be sure to add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

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