Data Submission

National Moth Week is working with several organizations to collect moth observation data. We encourage data collection and high quality photographic documentation of moths during National Moth Week and year-round.  You do not have to identify the species in order to submit photos (Unless it is noted in the description). 

You can submit your moth observations to as many organizations as you want:


iNaturalistiNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. For information on how to start (including how to submit observations), click here. Any moths you submit during National Moth Week will be automatically added to the National Moth Week 2020 project! Some county/regional partners also have projects on the site you can manually add your observations. More information below.


Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. The technology platform and community of members provide a powerful way for research groups to collect important ecological data. After you join Project Noah (by signing in through an existing online account – Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or AOL) you will be able to upload ‘spottings’ through the website or on a mobile device.  Submit your moth spottings during NMW to the ‘Moths of the World‘ mission, and you will earn a special Limited-Edition Moth Week patch!


Encyclopedia of LifeThe Encyclopedia of Life ( is a website dedicated to providing global access to knowledge about life on earth. EOL is a collaborative effort among scientists, citizen scientists and the general public to share millions of pages of information and multimedia about species, including moths! NMW participants can share photos of moths from their events with EOL’s Flickr Group or through one of the NMW partners that are already contributors to EOL (iNaturalist and the Moth Photographers Group).


The Natural History Information System is a citizen-science project that collects information on all kind of organisms worldwide. Personally registered users can submit data online to distribution, phenology, activity, biotopes, species interactions and many others, whereas anybody can analyze these data with the aid of standardized analysis tools (mainly maps and diagrams). Registered users also can write taxonomical descriptions and upload photos, which may be expanded to scientific articles reviewed by specialists. All information is published under a “creative commons-license” and is freely accessible. Visit NKIS website for more information.


Discover Life’s Moth Pages – We study how moth species respond to weather, pollution, invasive species and other environmental variables.  If you would like to do more than just observe moths, we invite you to monitor species occurrences using digital photography.

Our protocols are described here.


Nature Share
’s new social platform is for people who love the outdoors. In the current Beta version of the product, members can collect their wildlife sightings and outdoor experiences and share them with people all over the world. Nature enthusiasts can share sightings of all kinds of animals and plant species, including birds, butterflies, moths, fish, insects, spiders, mammals, mushrooms, reptiles, amphibians, seashells, seashore creatures, trees, and wildflowers. Now nature and the outdoors can be shared with a web and mobile community, allowing users to share their experiences wherever they are.


National Moth Week Flickr group -This Flicker group is for moth images, light setups and event pics taken during National Moth Week. Please make sure images of moths are geotagged and properly ID to the best of your ability.  Some images may be chosen or requested to be spotlighted on the NMW blog, if interested please set permissions to Creative Commons or leave a note in the comment section. Copyright will be respected but if its a stellar moth or image expect to be pestered by Admin.


fieldguide-rgb-croppedFieldguide is a community of enthusiasts and museums working together to create the ultimate identification assistant: a free, universal field guide that learns. Fg uses state-of-the-art image recognition technology to help you quickly identify flora and fauna, which can be later verified by experts. When you publish a photographic record (called a “figure”), you become a Fieldguide author. Fg can be linked to your iNaturalist or Symbiota account for automatic cross-publishing.



North America – BAMONA Butterflies and Moths of North America an ambitious effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data. If you take part in National Moth Week, you can provide your data to us. Take photographs of the moths you find, and share your sightings with BAMONA. You will need to register for an account, but it is quick and easy to do, and logged in users can track their submissions. Simply take a photograph of a moth, and submit that information to us via our online submission form. Make sure to select “National Moth Week” under the list of Partner Projects. We’ll add the verified records to the database, maps, and checklists, and your data will become part of a growing dataset.


North America – Moth Photographers Group (MPG)* has a new mapping project: Collectors and photographers can aid the mapping project by submitting locality lists for species. It is best to submit to BugGuide rather than directly to MPG. Also on MPG website: Submitting Photographs, Moth Barcode of Life Data Systems (submitting for DNA analysis), Lepidoptera Barcode of Life.


USA and Canada – BugGuideIdentification An online community of naturalists focused on arthropods. You can submit photos for an identification and contribute data to the maps.


LepiMapAricanLepAfrica – LepiMAP is a citizen science project which aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies and moths on the African continent. LepiMAP is building the 21st century distribution maps for Africa’s butterflies and moths. It is a partnership between the Lepidopterists‘ Society of Africa and the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town.  For information on how to submit to LepiMap please visit LepiMap – how to submit data page.


If you are mothing in Africa, please contact Roy Goff, NMW Africa coordinator (



Japan – moth observations from Japan should be submitted here.  Click here for Japan National Moth Week Flickr group.


India Biodiversity Portal aims to provide open and free access to biodiversity information on India. The portal enables widespread participation by all citizens in contributing to and accessing information on Indian biodiversity. Please upload your observations of  Indian Moths here by clicking “Contribute” and then “add an observation”. You may also submit lists by clicking “add a list”.


PRUKEYIsrael MothsSubmit moth photos from Israel to the moths album of the Facebook group Arthropods, Reptiles and Amphibian Photography.


HONG KONG MOTHSHong Kong Mothsobservations should be submitted to the iNaturalist project – click here.



1531985_656330737742707_1412396682_oBiodiversity Bhutan – Submit moth photos from Bhutan to the Facebook page



Philippine Lepidoptera is the Facebook page for PhilLep. If you are mothing in the Philipines submit your observations to this page.  You can also submit to the Project Noah mission Moths in the Philippines.


Mariposas nocturnas de España  – Submit moth photos from Spain to the iNaturalist project  ‘Moth of Spain’.



The Vermont Atlas of Life – Submit moth observations from the state of Vermont, USA to iNaturalist.


16 Responses to Data Submission

  1. chinklacamoose says:

    I observed a moth on 7-18-20 and reported it on iNaturalist. It was not pulled into the iNat mothweek project. Do I need to add it or something?

    • Liti says:

      Jacob – can you pls reply?

      • Hi chinklacamoose,

        You don’t need to add it – any observations identified as moths between July 18 and July 26 2020 will be pulled in as long as they are classified as Lepidoptera that are not butterflies. If yours is listed as unidentified or not identified beyond Lepidoptera that is one reason it may not be listed in the project. Could you share with me the link to your observation? Thank you.

  2. shawn says:

    Do you need to identify a project on iNaturalist for Moth Week, or how do you attribute the moths to (Inter)National Moth Week? I made a tag on my submissions, but would it eventually get put in the project by someone else?

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  5. bee rose says:

    Do they need to be photographed during July 23 and 29 or can ? submit some I took last year?

  6. Ivan Pancic says:

    Hvala,gde tacno da posaljem moje fotografije snimljene tokom moljac noci,na koju adresu? Pozdrav Ivan

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