Project Noah Fun Fact: Metalmark moths

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah featured a fun fact about moths. This is the last day of National Moth Week, but we hope you enjoyed all of the Fun Facts!

From Project Noah:

Metalmark moth (Brenthia sp.) spotted in Sri Lanka by PN user NuwanChathuranga.

Some moths in the metalmark family (Choreutidae), specifically moths in the Brenthia genus, are mimics of jumping spiders in the Salticidae family. You can check out videos S3 and S4 in the references to see trials with jumping spiders and control moths (S3) and trials with Brenthia moths (S4). In the trials with control moths, the jumping spiders readily preyed on the moths. However, with the Brenthia moths, the jumping spider appeared intimidated by the moth, suggesting the Brenthia moths are effective in mimicking jumping spiders.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2015 is July 18-26. 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 post your photos to our website and add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

References:

Rota J, Wagner DL (2006) Predator Mimicry: Metalmark Moths Mimic Their Jumping Spider Predators. PLoS ONE 1(1): e45. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000045 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0000045

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National Moth Week today – July 26, 2015

There are 95 mothing events being held in 18 countries today, 82 private events and 15 public events.

As of today there are a total of 414 participants, from 38 countries, registered for NMW 2015.

For more information and to find events in your area check out the NMW map:

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Scales and meaning of Lepidoptera

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about moths.

From Project Noah:

Saturniid moth, (Hyperchiria sp.) spotted in Brazil by PN user EduardoFrick—a great example of scales aiding in camouflage!

The scientific order Lepidoptera consists of butterflies and moths. The name Lepidoptera has its origins in the Greek language, with “lepido” meaning scales and “ptera” meaning wings. So literally translated, Lepidoptera means scale-winged insects. If you have ever touched a moth and you have a powdery residue on your fingers, these are the scales on moths. The scales have a number of functions essential to the moth’s survival, such as camouflage, wing coupling, and chemical communication.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2015 is July 18-26. 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 post your photos to our website and add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

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National Moth Week today – July 25, 2015

There are 128 mothing events being held in 18 countries today, 78 private events and 50 public events.

As of today there are a total of 407 participants, from 38 countries, registered for NMW 2015.

For more information and to find events in your area check out the NMW map:

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Project Noah Fun Fact: the Luna moth

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about moths.

From Project Noah:

Luna moth (Actias luna) spotted in USA by PN user ForestDragon.

The Luna moth (Actias luna) is a large North American silk moth that is covered in a lovely soft-green color with long tails on the hindwing. If you have ever seen a Luna moth, you probably can agree they are relatively clumsy fliers. A recent study published in this year suggests that Luna moths use these tails in defense of bats. Bats release sonar, or sound waves, in the process of echolocation to track their prey. However, in the case of Luna moths, these sound waves are interrupted by the hindwing tails, making it more difficult for the bats to track down the moth effectively. (Barber, Leavell, Keener, Breinholt, Chadwell, McClure, Hill, and Kawahara 2015)

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2015 is July 18-26. 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 post your photos to our website and add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

References:

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/9/2812

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/luna-moths-gorgeous-wings-throw-bat-attacks-180954281/?no-ist

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National Moth Week today – July 24, 2015

There are 121 mothing events being held in 17 countries today, 73 private events and 48public events.

As of today there are a total of 400 participants, from 38 countries, registered for NMW 2015.

For more information and to find events in your area check out the NMW map:

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Ghost moths

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about moths.

From Project Noah:

Ghost Moth (Hepialus humuli) spotted in Denmark by PN user Jeannette.

While many female moths and butterflies attract males through the use of pheromores, ghost moths in the family Hepialidae display partial sex role reversal. The males both visually and chemically attract females with their flashy white wings and pheromones while hovering in a display. In addition, females lay their eggs by flying over a stand of the moths foodplants and spraying the eggs during flight. (Mallet 2008)

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2015 is July 18-26. 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 post your photos to our website and add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

References:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1984.tb02320.x/abstract

 

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National Moth Week today – July 23, 2015

There are 94 mothing events being held in 17 countries today, 68 private events and 26 public events.

As of today there are a total of 388 participants, from 38 countries, registered for NMW 2015.

For more information and to find events in your area check out the NMW map:

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NMW partner – The Israeli Facebook group ‘Arthropods, Reptiles and Amphibian Photography’

Photo credit: Alaa YounisThe Israeli Facebook photography group, Arthropods, Reptiles and Amphibian Photography, (צילום פרוקי-רגליים, חרקים, זוחלים ודו-חיים) is one of Israel’s most popular Facebook groups for nature photography, with over 6,300 members and dozens of posts every day.

The group not only focuses on the aesthetics of photography, but also on citizen science. Here we document sightings of arthropods and herps. Every photograph has to include the date and location of each sighting.

The group is a hub for photographers, enthusiasts and academic researchers to meet and share information. We also aim to raise awareness about nature conservation, to increase knowledge and reduce fear of insects, arachnids and snakes.

The photography group is a proud associate of the National Moth Week citizen science project.

In July 2014, we launched a moth photography contest, in which hundreds of photos were shared, and we launched another moth photography challenge this week.

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Project Noah celebrates National Moth Week with virtual patch

Project Noah is a citizen science project mobilizing new generations of nature explorers and helping people around the world appreciate their local wildlife. The ‘Noah’ in Project Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Project Noah aims to harness the power and popularity of new mobile technologies to promote wildlife awareness, collect important ecological data, and help preserve global biodiversity by contributing wildlife sightings in the form of spottings.

Users who submit moth spottings during National Moth Week to Project Noah’s Moths of the World mission will be awarded the limited edition National Moth Week 2015 virtual patch, shown above.

Are you having a public or private mothing event? It’s not too late to register.

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