And Wyoming Makes 50!

USA 07 2014For the second year in a row, National Moth Week will be celebrated across America in all 50 states and the District of Columbia! Today, Wyoming became the 50th state to register a National Moth Week event.

The NMW team thanks Dr. Scott Shaw, professor of entomology and curator of the University of Wyoming Insect Museum in Laramie, who has organized an exhibit of the museum’s Wyoming moth collection for display July 21-25 in celebration of National Moth Week.

Hyalophora gloveri Glovers silk moth

Museum exhibits, library displays and programs help to advance National Moth Week’s educational mission to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of moths.

The UW Insect Gallery exhibits a variety of displays of both Wyoming and international insects. Moth exhibits on display during National Moth Week include displays of Giant Moths of Wyoming (Saturniidae, Noctuidae), Hawk Moths of Wyoming (Sphingidae), and common moths of southeast Wyoming.

Hemileuca hera sagebrush moth

According to the university, the museum is the only research collection of insects in the state of Wyoming. Present holdings are estimated at more than a quarter of a million specimens. It is an important regional resource, as well as a collection of national and international significance.

In addition to the events registered across the U.S., nearly 100 events are registered in 40 countries around the world.  Check out our location pages to find an event in your area, or register your own!


Everyone can participate in National Moth Week, a global citizen science project.
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