Moth Breakfast – Guest post by Marnie Crowell

We are looking forward to our annual Moth Breakfast. We hang our moth sheet and UV lights and the moths come. Then comes dawn and enough moths stay to delight the humans who arrive to be amazed at the moths. We serve coffee and doughnuts and sit on the lawn in front of the moth sheet and talk about what fascinating creatures moths are.

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This year promises to be a little different. We have been getting a Luna or two in recent nights. But that’s not new; what is new to us is an invasion of browntail moths. We have had them in the hundreds for the past few nights.

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Sheet covered with Euproctis chrysorrhoea (L.), a.k.a. browntails

This invasive species has been around for some years but only recently made it up the coast of Maine to where we are. They defoliate trees and the urticating hairs on the caterpillars cause severe rash and even respiratory problems for humans.   

We offered workshops and made it a point to remove from public places as many of the browntail winter webs as we could last February. Total eradication is unlikely but perhaps that helped cut down the numbers where we hold our moth breakfast.

 

 

Good moths? Bad moths?  Lovely moths? Fantastic moths? THOUSANDS of species of moths live in Maine. Most all the rest are not a problem. In fact 98% of them are quiet vegetarians that go about their business not bothering us humans.

 

 

This year we may well get both browntails and a Luna or two. You can bet that we will be talking about diversity, ecosystems, balance, and human actions and responsibilities.

Happy moth watching!

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Marnie will be serving Moth Breakfast in Deer Isle, Maine, USA. 

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NMW Celebration at the “Heartland of India” – Guest post by Saurabh Singh

Jashpur Wildlife Welfare Foundation (NGO) is a nonprofit organization based in Jashpur, Chhattisgarh (India) working rigorously on conservation of wildlife since last 2 years and they are celebrating “National Moth Week” at the heartland of India i.e. Jashpur, Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh which accounts of about 12.26 % of forest in India and has third highest forest cover among all states in India is a paradise for nature lovers.

Team members of JWWF with District Collector Sir

Team members of JWWF with District Collector Sir

Jashpur is a small district with mostly tribal population along with lush green forest all around, adding to this the district receives highest rainfall in the state Chhattisgarh which makes it a heaven for biodiversity.

Butterfly Habitat Walk for Kids by JWWF

Butterfly Habitat Walk for Kids by JWWF

The event organized will be a public event conducted on each day during the NMW. A different site will be selected each day for mothing, which will bring diverse observing perspective throughout the NMW. The information of the venue will be communicated to the registered participants. To register for the event one can visit http://www.jwwf.org/national-moth-week.

Oath ceremony to protect environment conducted by JWWF

Oath ceremony to protect environment conducted by JWWF

Alongside this Jashpur Wildlife Welfare Foundation is also calling all the art lovers to express their love for moths through their majestic art works, and will provide exciting gift hampers to them.

Let’s Celebrate!!!

Public meeting with villagers

Public meeting with villagers

Bird Watching organized for tribal kids

Bird Watching organized for tribal kids

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Saurabh Singh is the Director of the Jashpur Wildlife Welfare Foundation

 

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NMW 2018 a huge success on iNaturalist!

iNaturalist had an incredible showing of moths worldwide for National Moth Week. Over 28,000 observations were made during the week from 24 registered countries, and all 50 US states!

Screenshot from iNaturalist showing National Moth Week 2018 project.

Screenshot from iNaturalist showing National Moth Week 2018 project.

Over the course of the week, 3,548 species wee observed and 1,502 community members helped 5,088 iNaturalist users identify their moths. 61% of observations have research grade distinction, meaning that they are deposited as records in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)! Check out the observation totals by continent, country, and states/provinces below!

Map with observations of moths from the NMW 2018 project page of iNaturalist.

Map with observations of moths from the NMW 2018 project page of iNaturalist.

Continent Number of Observations
North America 24136
Europe 2429
Asia 1235
Australia 233
South America 153
Africa 104
Countries Number of Observations
United States 19,131
Canada 4,073
Hong Kong 699
Mexico 680
United Kingdom 377
Australia 233
Russia 132
Spain 82
India 73
Belgium 72
States/Provinces Number of Observations
Ontario 2,952
Texas 2,950
Alabama 2,481
Vermont 2,063
California 1,567
North Carolina 771
Ohio 664
New York 645
Pennsylvania 593
Virginia 499

In the United States alone, 2,031 species were observed for the week, which is incredible considering there are 12,776 species described from North America north of Mexico! This means that 15.9% of all moths described from this region were observed only in one week!

Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 11.51.59 AMThe National Moth Week team urges you to contribute to science and biodiversity inventories by submitting your National Moth Week findings to iNaturalist! Our 2019 project can be found here and any submissions made for the dates of NMW 2019 (July 21-29) will be included in the project!

Register for NMW here.

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Partner Project Noah Prepares for National Moth Week!

National Moth Week 2019 is just a week away and the nature community at Project Noah is already starting to celebrate! 

 

 

 

During NMW 2018, a variety of moths were spotted on Project Noah throughout the world! Here are a few of our favorites below:

Corymica arnearia, a geometrid moth spotted by Project Noah user Manoj Samuel Grg.

Corymica arnearia, a geometrid moth spotted by Project Noah user Manoj Samuel Grg.

Gorgonidia

Gorgonidia buckleyi, a tiger moth spotted by Project Noah user bayucca.

Hyperchiria bahisa

Hyperchiria bahisa, a beautiful leaf-mimic spotted by Project Noah user Francierlem.

Aglaomorpha plagiata, a tiger moth spotted by Project Noah user DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

Aglaomorpha plagiata, a tiger moth spotted by Project Noah user DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

Epia muscosa, spotted by Project Noah user Eduardo Axel Recillas Bautista.

Epia muscosa, spotted by Project Noah user Eduardo Axel Recillas Bautista.

Project Noah has a new user interface! Check out the updated website and submit your moths to the Moths of the World mission today!

Register for National Moth Week 2019 here.

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National Moth Week Welcomes Gylma Norman, Costa Rica Coordinator

GylmaBarnesWhen Gylma Norman returned to her native Costa Rica after living in California for many years, she took up a new hobby – mothing. It wasn’t long before she was contributing her moth photos to Project Noah, one of National Moth Week’s partner organizations.

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National Moth Week Team Welcomes Ken Childs

Hypoprepia miniata-Scarlet winged Lichen Moth. Photo: KenChilds

Hypoprepia miniata-Scarlet winged Lichen Moth. Photo: KenChilds

Once Ken Childs learned how easy it was to observe and photograph moths on his Tennessee farm, he turned his attention from daytime butterflies to his abundant nighttime visitors, soon becoming one of their most prolific photographers.

Moving from Southern California to rural Tennessee in 2005, the newest member of the National Moth Week team brought his love of bugs along with his camera and began shooting the insects he found on his farm, including the butterflies. He sought help with identifications from Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA), a partner of National Moth Week. Not surprisingly, he discovered that some of them weren’t butterflies at all, but moths.

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Welcome Chris Taklis – NMW Greece coordinator

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Chris Taklis participated in the past in NMW and have been promoting the project on Greek social media pages. This is what Chris sent us for his bio:

I am a Marine and Conservation Biologist. I love sharks mostly of all the animals and I love to participate as a volunteer and in citizen science projects. Also, I am one of the founders of BiodiversityGR citizen science conservation organization.

As for taxonomy, I am helping other people usually through Facebook, Project Noah, and iNaturalist to identify their species photos for almost 10 years.

I like the colors of the moths and I wish to see in future India’s moths (which I find them the most fascinating in the world).

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 Why I Like Moths, by Carl Barrentine

Hydraecia medialis Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA

Hydraecia medialis
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are big moths and small moths,                

Even green moths occur,

And moths that like sunshine—

Strange what some moths prefer!

 

There are moths patterned like fabrics,

All embroidered and such,

And moths that are so plain,

Well, you’d think they are dust!

 

There are moths that sip nectar,

That fly from flower to flower,

And moths that sip nothing–

They starve hour by hour!

 

There are moths without wings

That crawl like a bug,

And moths that love wool–

Whose babies eat rugs!

 

There are moths that are immigrants

That have flown hundreds of miles,

And moths no one can identify,

Except for Ken Childs!

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CarlBarrantineCarl Barrentine is an avid moth’er and poet in Spokane, Washington, USA. He is a NMW team member and submitted an embarrassing number of moth observations to BugGuide and lepsnap.

Ken Childs is one of Carl’s  mothing mentors. His contributions to BugGuide and the Moth Photographers Group have contributed to the education and enriched the lives many thousands of individuals as well as countless insect photographers.

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Moth night in High Park (Toronto, Canada) – by Karen Yukich

Our annual public moth night in High Park (Toronto, Canada) was once again affected by weather. Rather than risk another rainy evening like last year, we rescheduled to July 26 and joined High Park’s regular weekly moth study group. The result was low attendance by the public but a good showing of moths – 116 species including 27 new to our all-time annual moth night list. And one of the participants has now joined the weekly group.

Many thanks to the Toronto Entomologists’ Association, the High Park Nature Centre and the High Park moth study group for all your help!

High Park is a large urban park in Toronto (about 400 acres). About 1/3 of the park consists of nationally rare oak savannah and woodlands. For more information about the park and its natural features, visit highparknature.org. The all-time list and other information are posted on the Moths page of this website.

Submitted by Karen Yukich

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Moth Paintings – Guest post by Deborah Davis

Moths are nocturnal creatures and so are inherently mysterious. Since their intricate patterns and colors are rarely observed in casual encounters at the porch light, I paint them large. It is intimate. I have encountered each of these moths at my home near Charlottesville, Virginia. They are collected, and then they spend the night in my refrigerator in order to slow them down for their photo shoot the next day. Afterward each is released in excellent condition. There are thousands of species of moths locally and I am looking forward to painting their nearly endless variety. You can find me any warm night hovering in the lure of the light just like the moths.

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