Michael Kurz of NMW partner NKIS had a new moth record for the Federal Territory of Salzburg during this year’s NMW. The moth, Noctua interjecta caliginosa, was also only the third record for Austria.
Kurz was not planning on doing any mothing that evening, but decided to do so at the urging of his 12-year-old granddaughter, Viktoria Puchmayr. We’re glad they did it!
Hey all, I was featured on NPR’s The Protojournalist blog for my work with Hemaris.
Check out the story here.
Hemaris thysbe nectaring at thistle. (c) Elena Tartaglia
Deb has been photographing moths since the first year of NMW.
Here’s how her event turned out this year:
“The location was Pittsburg, NH (only 25 miles from the Canadian border) near the Connecticut Lakes, the source of the Connecticut River. We were at a cabin surrounded by spruce-fir forest near wetlands and water. The weather was good and the moths were abundant. We got a total of 4 Nikons with some good bug lenses going and had a blast. Over two nights, we ended up with 71 species IDed plus 4 found while botanizing during the day as well as 8 unknowns. My regular sites – one in the foothills of the White Mountains and one in southern NH near the Massachusetts line – offered me two more habitats (mixed hardwood-conifer forest and oak-pine-hardwoods forest) which brought my NH species total to 184 species. My best year yet.”
8942 – Syngrapha rectangula – Salt-and-Pepper Looper
11000 – Anaplectoides prasina – Green Arches
8897 – Diachrysia balluca – Green-patched Looper
7824 – Paonias excaecata – Blind-eyed Sphinx
11012 – Cryptocala acadiensis – Catocaline Dart
Last year, Greta van Susteren criticized NMW on her blog and we call her out for it in our NMW presentations. This year, Ms. van Susteren has apologized to us!
Here’s a link to a video apology from Greta.
Greta, on behalf of the NMW team, we accept your apology and very much appreciate it! Happy Mothing!
Guest post by Anne Geraghty
I was counting down the days to my first chance to attend the Annual Moth Party at Marcie and Mike O’Connor’s Prairie Haven in Buffalo County, WI. Marcie is absolutely brilliant at everything she does, whether it’s painstakingly restoring a sprawling farmstead to its original prairie/savannah habitat, meticulously cataloging the flora and fauna that show up, guiding nature enthusiasts through her masterwork, or bringing in the uninitiated to spark their appreciation. And she always throws a heck of a good party, so I was very much looking forward to the fun, people, and food. I just wasn’t sure about how I was going to contribute to that last one.
I’m not really an avid cook, but I do sort of enjoy ‘playing’ with food. I was also trying to think of how I could do something in the theme of the party. I didn’t expect I’d find much for moth decorations, so I googled butterflies instead and, with a couple of clicks, found this site for making chocolate butterflies. http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/chocolate-butterflies/ You can find just about anything on YouTube. It looked simple enough, so I ran to the grocery store and got almond bark, chocolate flavored almond bark (I guess there’s a tempering issue with real chocolate), food coloring, ziploc baggies and non-stick parchment paper. Then I went to Marcie’s Prairie Haven site (http://www.aprairiehaven.com/) and picked some of her most stunning yet not too terribly intricate moths to try. The first one was the luna moth. I melted a couple of squares of almond bark and put in just one drop of green food coloring to get a soft green tint. I also melted one of the chocolate squares to do the details. I cut and creased some squares of parchment paper and piped out half of the luna moth, then folded the paper over to get the mirror image on the other side. It came out kind of pretty, but very smudged and swirly – not the sort of detail I’d hoped for. So I decided I needed to first do just a green moth, then pipe on the details after it hardened. That worked much better. I followed up with a white-spotted sable, and then a sort of generic brown moth – the sort that people usually think of when you mention moths. In fact, someone did comment that the brown ones almost looked real. They may not have known much about the dazzling array of specimens Marcie and Mike were about to lure in for us after sundown!
My last issue was what to do with my little creations – put them on cupcakes? Maybe a carrot cake? (It’s a very organic crowd.) Or maybe a simple sheet cake? Hold the phone! Moths on a white sheet [cake] – that’s it! So that’s the story of how I came up with the “Moth Cake” that ended up as the potluck centerpiece at Marcie and Mike’s fabulous Moth Party! I’m sure I’ll do moths or butterflies again sometime – it was really pretty easy. I encourage you to give it a try!
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
The Facebook page Arthropods, Reptiles and Amphibians Photography is National Moth Week’s data collection partner in Israel. The page runs a monthly challenge to select three winning photographs from members’ entries. The subject for July 2014 was moths, with no limit on the number of photographs group members could upload. Five group members also registered events with National Moth Week. A total of 260 photographs were uploaded to the moth album during the month — 29 of them during NMW. Moth were photographed from Elat in the south to Mt. Hermon in the north. Click here to see the moth album.
Winning moth photos in the July 2014 challenge. First place – Theretra alecto. Second place – Utetheisa pulchella. Third place – Hyles livornica.
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!
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).
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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
© Linda Alisto
© Rey M. Abellada
© Albert Kang
Photos of moths shared at Philippine Lepidoptera FB group were also entered at Project Noah under the account of Philippine Lepidoptera and Project Noah Moths of the Philippines.