NMW 2018 t-shirts and more – now available @ RedBubble

T-shirts, mugs, bags, travel mugs, notebooks, kids clothing and more – all with the National Moth Week logo and 2018 dates are now available for purchase on RedBubble

Your purchase helps support the project, and we thank you for it. 

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Moth Migration Project, guest post by Hilary Lorenz


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Moth Migration ProjectAbout the Moth Migration Project
Moth Migration Project is an ongoing project begun in 2017. The first exhibition premiered August 2017 and was a part of the larger “Cross Pollination”, the exhibit at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM.

Cross Pollination

The Moth Migration Project founded by Hilary Lorenz is a crowd-sourced collection of hand printed, drawn and cut paper moths exhibited in multi-sensory installation. Choosing moths, a nocturnal pollinator, as the vehicle for cross-pollination and international exchange, and using social media I invite people to create paper moths native to their geographic location. The moths become a symbol of the global network with currently over 15,000 submissions from 26 countries. The MMP created a spirit more significant than any single community by fostering authentic connections and engaging public participation through a synergy of shared experience and embracing mutual respect for personal uniqueness and creativity.

The Moth Migration Project spans all cultures, ages, countries. It is a tool for community building in both physical and digital worlds. Components of the MMP include free printmaking workshops for adults and children given by me, along with dozens of “moth ambassadors.” Moth ambassadors organize people to create moths specific to their region, then send the moths to join the carefully cataloged collection used for traveling exhibitions. I highly encourage educators to adopt the moth migration project to their classrooms as it is an excellent tool for STEAM learning as the inroads to both the sciences and art are tremendous.

The spirit of belonging is elevated when each moth making participant receives their own postcard certification of recognition acknowledging their outstanding contribution. The MMP website lists all the artist’s name and highlights their location on a world map further fostering inclusion. A Facebook page, which you are welcome to join, connects artists who may live in isolated or remote areas. It also allows for the sharing of individual’s moth making process. The moths from community workshops are collected into small portfolios and duplicates can be sent out to friends and families in nursing homes and healthcare facilities to bolster their wellbeing. In the first six months, 53 organizations, 675 individuals from 24 countries created over 15,000 moths demonstrated the deep passion and desire to connect in straightforward yet powerful ways. The paper moths became the symbol of sharing and community which will continue to grow and develop with workshops and exhibitions.

Adopting crowdsourcing as a form of artmaking dramatically changed my role and my practice. As an artist, I almost always work alone. Now, I feel like a conductor holding it together, encouraging each person to roll with their idea. I could not, nor do I want to control everything while building the Moth Migration Project. I let the project evolve, grow, and change. I have a vision, and I know that if I welcomed everyone in, it would be far more magnificent.



Would you like to join the Moth Migration Project and be included in exhibitions? You do not need to be an artist. Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply. Everyone from any part of the world is welcome. Please follow the details below.



Ending Soon-June 20, 2018! Heard Natural Science Museum Exhibition, McKinney, Texas Calling all moth makers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, and Mexico especially encouraged to make regional moths. Make and Exhibit your moths at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Exhibitions opens July 18 and runs through September 30, 2018. Please ship moths directly to: Lynne Hubner, Exhibit Curator, Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069

September 1, 2o18 – Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada, Seeks moth makers in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada, and Maine, USA especially encouraged to make regional moths.

March 1, 2019, Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Bundaberg Australia,  Calling all moth makers in Central Queensland, Australia,  especially encouraged to make regional moths.


  • Color: black, white or grey paper and or/ink (off-white, cream or light tan is fine) – No color
  • Size: No larger than 6″ (15.25cm)and no smaller than 1″ (2.5cm).
  • Paper weight can be variable, from about 30g/m to 270g/m.
  • Matte paper only please – No Glossy Paper – No “printer paper”
  • Species: Please consider researching and making your own regional moth.
  • Mediums: Cut paper, linocut, lithography, etching, laser cut, silkscreen, letterpress, drawing, watercolor, paint; Please no photograph no digital prints, no computer printouts, no origami
  • When in doubt keep image plain and simple
  • Please make at least 5 of the same moth for visual grouping, you may make as many moths as you like.
  • Please print name, city or town, state or province, country on the back of each moth.
  • Please click this link to fill out the Moth Migration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/PKZSiinnwNcS53ug2
  • Documentation: All artists locations will be documented at MothMigrationProject.Net. A text sheet and diagram with all participants will accompany the installation.
  • Important: Moth shape must be cut out of paper. Please do not send moth with any background image or paper. Just the outside contour as seen in the top image.
  • Please share your photos progress and completed moth photos on our FB group page, Moth Migration Project

Fine Print: Due to the volume of expected contributors I am unable to return the moths. The exhibition will be well documented and all photos will be available from my website. Your contribution will also be noted on my website. There are no fees and no exchange of money involved.

If you have any problems, please email me at mothmigration@gmail.com

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Moth Night in Bedminster, NJ – September 22, 2017

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High Park, Toronto – Annual Moth Night Highlights for 2017. Gust post by Karen Yukich

Our event was held on July 26, which turned out to be a rainy evening. In spite of the less than promising conditions we were glad we went ahead anyway as those who did attend were quite keen and had a great time, especially the kids. The observations included a record high number of Gypsy Moths (15) and record low number of total species (45), of which 5 were new for this event.

This event is held each summer by the Toronto Entomologists’ Association in partnership with the High Park Nature Centre and High Park Nature. Cumulative results are posted here: http://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Insects.MothGallery

 Karen Yukich MothNite-2017-KY-290



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First Time Mothing at our Backyard! Guest post by Yezzy, Venezuela

Venezuela is commonly known for its rich flora and fauna and its magnificent landscapes. It is a beautiful country with many wonders yet to discover. I’m Yezzy, a psychologist and a nature enthusiast who lives in a city called Maracaibo; one of the hottest and most humid cities in Venezuela, located west of the capital city, Caracas. I decided to join National Moth Week because Lisa Johnson, a friend and former science teacher of mine, invited me to the event. She knows how I have always had an interest in nature and science and over time she has shared with me her own experiences watching moths and identifying them.  I decided to try it myself, for fun, and to check out what species of moths would come to our lights. I never thought I would be so thrilled with mothing; even my teenage sister joined me through the whole process and is now making a notebook to record our research. I’ve seen moths in my city before, especially before raining season (Sept – Oct) or when we have very humid days, since we live close to a lake, humidity is always present.

It was quite late when I joined the NMW this year, but that didn’t stop me from leaving the lights on. We started setting up at dusk on July 30th in my backyard by hanging an old pale colored sheet and leaving the lights on until midnight. We went out every couple of minutes to check for any moth visitors but we didn’t get any for several hours. My sister was pretty pepped up about it and insisted on waiting a couple of hours past the end of NMW for them to appear. When we checked for the last time that night, we found a small visitor at last! It was very tiny and it moved around so much that we didn’t get the chance to photograph it unfortunately, but we both were so happy that at least one moth came to our first mothing night.

Before going to sleep we discussed our night and thought about possible reasons why we didn’t see many moths; maybe the light was not bright enough to attract them, maybe the type of light bulb was not the best, maybe we checked on them too frequently, maybe we need to use bait, maybe the season was not good for mothing, maybe the plants around the sheet might have made a confined area that the moths did not like. We have so many questions and so much to learn. We have already started researching to become better moth-ers. Soon, we hope, we will be learning how to improve our night time photography skills too.

This was our first night mothing and even though we didn’t attract many moths, we had so much fun. We will continue setting up mothing nights during the year and invite our friends and family to join and share in our discoveries.

We can hardly wait for next year’s NMW!

Yezzy mothing notebook Yezzy Night 1

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National Moth Week 2017 Report – India Biodiversity Portal

The IndianMoths group on IBP is the Indian partner for Moth Week and it has been hosting the event for the past 4 years. The National Moth Week 2017 was held between 22-30th July. The campaign witnessed good participation with over 350 observations being uploaded from across the country. Read a brief summary of the participation during the event on the IBP blog.

Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) (Image credits: Vipin Baliga)

Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) (Image credits: Vipin Baliga)

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Submitting moth observations – 2017 Poll

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Breakfast with moths – Guest post by Marnie Crowell

In spite of the rain the moths and the people showed up between 5AM and 9 AM for our Meet a Moth For Breakfast event. We had UV party lights, porch lights and even a bug zapper that had the zapping wires disconnected so people saw that moth watching does not have to be a high tech enterprise. The moths were a big hit! 

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Isabella tiger moth

In honor of this year’s focus on tiger moths, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae) during National Moth Week.

From Project Noah:

The Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella) is a tiger moth very common in North America. Subjected to a temperate climate, the caterpillars, known as banded woolly bears, overwinter as caterpillars before turning into a pupa in the spring, the stage of development right before coming a moths. Since the caterpillars are exposed to relatively harsh temperatures in the winter, this species has become somewhat tolerant to short-term freezing periods in which the entire caterpillar is frozen and it thaws out. Longer-term freezing periods however can be harmful.

This moth is also the subject of some folklore in which it is said that the amount of the brown on the band determines the length of the forthcoming winter. This however, is just folklore and not scientifically based.

Banded Woolly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella), spotted by user Carol Snow Milne.

National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here: http://nationalmothweek.org/register-a-nmw-event-2017/, especially if your country or region isn’t on the map yet!

Don’t forget to submit photos of moths you spot here!


Read more about the Isabella tiger moth’s ability to tolerate freezing as a larva here.

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Project Noah Fun Fact: Walker’s Frother

In honor of this year’s focus on tiger moths, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae) during National Moth Week.

From Project Noah:

Some tiger moths have glands that emit toxins when threatened. Many of these tiger moths are known in Australia as “frothers” for the bubbly toxins that come out of their thorax.

Walker's Frother (Amerila rubripes) spotted by user Felix Fleck on Project Noah.

Walker’s Frother (Amerila rubripes) spotted by user Felix Fleck on Project Noah.

National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here: http://nationalmothweek.org/register-a-nmw-event-2017/, especially if your country or region isn’t on the map yet!

Don’t forget to submit photos of moths you spot here!


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