Project Noah Fun Fact: White Underwing

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah featured a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes. Today is the last day of National Moth Week—we hope you enjoyed the fun facts!

From Project Noah:

White Underwing (Catocala relicta), spotted by Project Noah user TomElliott.

White Underwing (Catocala relicta), spotted by Project Noah user TomElliott.

Fun Fact! The White Underwing is a unique member of the Catocala genus, as most moths in this genus have drably colored forewings often decorated in browns and grays. The White Underwing, however is different in that it has very boldly colored forewings that only seem to blend in with White Birch (Betula papyrifera).

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 31, 2016

These are mothing events being held today, July 31, 2016!

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Green events are public, Blue are private.

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Large Yellow Underwing

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah featured a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes. Today is the last day of National Moth Week—we hope you enjoyed the fun facts!

From Project Noah:

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), spotted by Project Noah user venusflytrap2000.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), spotted by Project Noah user venusflytrap2000.

Fun Fact! The Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), though named an underwing, is actually not closely related to the true underwing moths in the genus Catocala. This moth is common throughout Eurasia, and was introduced in the United States a little over 30 years ago, with the first record in Maine in 1985. The moth quickly spread across the entire North American continent, with the first records in Alaska coming in 2005.

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 30, 2016

These are mothing events being held today, July 30, 2016!

Check the map for mothing events being held around the world today.

Green events are public, Blue are private.

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Yellow-banded 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! The Yellow-banded Underwing (Catocala cerogama) is unique in that it has a singular yellow band against a black background on the hindwings. This is different from other Catocala with yellow on the hindwings, which have more than one black line against a yellow background.

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 on Science Friday, a National Public Radio show (USA)

Science Friday joins the fifth annual celebration of National Moth Week.

From the show’s website:

Many moths don’t seem all that flashy or important. But Elena Tartaglia, one of the co-founders of National Moth Week, says that moth diversity outstrips that of butterflies 10 to 1, with an enormous variety of species that play a vital role in our ecosystems. For the fifth annual National Moth Week, the organizers are honoring a group of moths known as the underwings, which often look dull at rest, but show brightly-colored hindwings when in flight.


The show will be broadcasted on July 29,2016 at 18:00 GMT (2pm EST), and will be available for listening online.

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Moth Week flies into South Florida nature center – SunSentinel article

The io moth eats only during the caterpillar stage. The Long Key Nature Center celebrates National Moth Week July 30-31. (Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel)

Pity the poor moth. It never gets the love that goes to its Lepidoptera kin, the butterfly.

The good folks at Long Nature Center in Davie, however, are determined to change that. Once again this year, they’ll host South Florida’s only celebration of National Moth Week, with activities scheduled July 30 and July 31.

For the full article click here. 

National Moth Week events will be held July 30 and July 31 at Long Key Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. On July 30 and July 31: Magical Moths children’s activities and programs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $5 per child. On July 30: Free Moth Day lectures, refreshments, plant sale, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Free Moth Night workshops, noctural viewing area, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, reservations for Magical Moths: 954-357-8797. Other info: broward.org/parks/LongKeyNaturalArea or nationalmothweek.org.

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National Moth Week events today, July 29, 2016

These are mothing events being held today, July 29, 2016!

Check the map for mothing events being held around the world today.

Green events are public, Blue are private.

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Epione 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:

Epione Underwing (Catocala epione),  spotted by Project Noah user LuckyLogan.

Epione Underwing (Catocala epione), spotted by Project Noah user LuckyLogan.

Fun Fact! Most moths in the Catocala genus have brightly colored hindwings detailed with black lines. Others, however, like this Epione Underwing (Catocala epione) have black hindwings. These black wings have the same effect as the brightly colored hindwings, creating a flash between the more drab forewings and the bold hindwings to scare or distract predators.

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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Mothing at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary with Tea Kesting-Handly

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See the website for registration:

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog

 

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