Holland BookSmallW. J Holland‘s groundbreaking 1903 book The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America was at the time and for nearly 75 years afterwords (and even to some extent today),  the reference book on moths with color plates and natural history of thousands of species. Read his passage on the excitement of sugaring for moths.

While we take photographs on our moth nights, his collections were the basis for the plates in the book and for educating generations of entomologists and naturalists. We now have many guide books and online sources available, but the thrill of the search on a sultry summer night is still the same.


Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard, John Himmelman

This book, in lively, accessible prose, explains the intricacy of moths’ life cycle, their importance in nature, and how just a tiny handful of the many moth species are truly pests to humans. He tells how to attract moths with lights and bait, when and where to observe them, and how best to photograph these tiny subjects. Entertaining personal anecdotes and short profiles of some of the country’s foremost mothers add human interest.
The book is currently available only as an e-book.


Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America,   David L. Wagner, Dale F. Schweitzer , J. Bolling Sullivan,Richard C. Reardon

815 species of eastern owlets, More than 2,100 color photographs illustrating many species for the first time First North American insect guide to offer hundreds of images of live moths in their natural resting postures Extensive information on owlet biology, natural enemies, classification, and finding and rearing owlet caterpillars Includes foodplant records for each species and foodplant index. Find it on Amazon


Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History, David Wagner

This lavishly illustrated guide will enable you to identify the caterpillars of nearly 700 butterflies and moths found east of the Mississippi. The more than 1,200 color photographs and two dozen line drawings include numerous exceptionally striking images.  Full-page species accounts cover almost 400 species, with up to six images per species including an image of the adult plus succinct text with information on distribution, seasonal activity, foodplants, and life history.


Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

In the Kaufman Field Guide, readers will find a wealth of information on the amazing observable behaviors of insects and their fascinating life histories. Naturalists Kenn Kaufman and Eric R. Eaton, a.k.a. Bug Eric and a supporter of NMW, use a broad ecological approach rather than overly technical terms, making the book accessible and understandable for everyone.


The new Peterson moth guide,   David Beadle & Seabrooke Leckie

The book is set to be released April 3, 2012, and will retail for US$32. It is currently available for preorder at    Read more




Moth and Butterfly Books for Kids

List of books from ‘Science Books For Kids’.



For a list of moth and mothing books – see the Publications page on Moth Photographers Group’s website.



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