The first annual National Moth Week (NMW) was held worldwide 23-29, July, 2012. National Moth Week’s goals are to spotlight moths and their ecological importance and to collect and report meaningful data on moths across a wide geographic area largely through Citizen Science. The first National Moth Week proved to be exceptionally successful at achieving these goals.
Highlights from National Moth Week 2012:
· 307 registered locations in 49 states in the United States and in 29 other countries.
· Participation was extremely diverse ranging from individuals and families looking for moths in their own backyards or local parks to conservation organizations and state agencies holding well-advertised public events.
· National Moth Week locations were in inner cities such as downtown Manhattan, to remote places in Costa Rica, Kenya, Gambia and elsewhere.
· National Moth Week events were also very varied ranging from typical nocturnal moth nights with lights and bait; PowerPoint presentations on moths and their ecology; daytime walks to search for caterpillars and moths; talks about the impact of artificial lights on moths and daytime walks to search these lights for moths; moth parties replete with moth-themed foods and special access to moth collections at Cornell University. (link to event photos)
· In order to facilitate data collection of moths, National Moth Week partnered with Discover Life, Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA), Project Noah, BugGuide, and Moth Photographers Group (MPG). These sites are all repositories for data and photographs about moths and other Organisms. The partner organizations received over 3,500 submissions. In North America – close to a thousand (972) moth photos were uploaded into Discover Life’s albums, Bug Guide received 927 submissions and 421 photos were added to the BAMONA website. Spottings’ from around the world were added to Project Noah through its global “Moths of the World” mission. Reports of 684 ‘spottings’ came from 30 countries on all continents (except for Antarctica).
· National Moth Week partnered with a number of major nature authors and provided participants the opportunity to win a signed copy of their books. Other nature books that were out of print or difficult to obtain were also offered by National Moth Week.
· Discover Life offered a $100 prize for one participant who submitted to an album. Project Noah created a special National Moth Week digital patch for anyone contributing a moth observation during the week only. After National Moth Week all registered participants received a certificate for their participation.
· The first National Moth Week received vast media attention including coverage on both the National Geographic and Scientific American websites and in many other newspaper and online outlets. National Moth Week also received a letter of support from United States Congressman Rush Holt. National Moth Week was also featured on the Encyclopedia of Life as a Podcast spotlighting three separate moth night events that week in New Jersey, Louisiana and Hawaii.
In order to create a readily accessible portal for National Moth Week events, and to promote connectivity of people and groups, a website was created. The website (www.nationalmothweek.org) provided searchable maps and links to all registered events allowing anyone interested to find a nearby event. The website also contains resources and how pages and a blog. In addition to the website a Facebook page and Facebook caterpillars page, Twitter, and Flicker group are used by National Moth Week participants to share photos, mothing stories and information.
Participating countries: Australia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
David Moskowitz & Liti Haramaty, The first National Moth Week (2012): A review and highlights, News of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 55(1) (2013), 18-28 PDF
Please note that due the large number of events the map contains two pages, (1 & 2). If you view the world mothing map (“view larger map” link below) directly on Google maps, you will be directed to page 1. Scroll down and click ‘2’ or ‘next’ at the bottom of the page to view additional events.
Do you have questions like:
How can I attract and view moths?
How do I set up a ‘moth night’ or a ‘moth party’?
How can I photograph moths?
How can I submit my observations?
Find the answers on the Finding Moths page!