National Moth Week is pleased to
welcome Hernán Figueredo of Argentina, as our second country coordinator in
South America. A moth enthusiast since
childhood, Hernán now collaborates with scientists and experts in entomology in
addition to his undergraduate studies.
Hernán tells us about himself:
“I am a student pursuing a bachelor’s
degree in genetics at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Químicas, y Naturales
de la Universidad Nacional de Misiones (UNaM)- Argentina.
“Since I was a child, I have been
fascinated by the world of science and nature, which led me to pursue my
passion for entomology. Alongside my academic studies, I have actively engaged
in entomology, particularly in the captivating realm of moths
“I started as an amateur in
entomology, captivated by the incredible diversity of shapes and colors
exhibited by these nocturnal creatures. Through dedication and perseverance, I
have acquired a deep understanding of their life cycles, ecology, and
importance in ecosystems.
“My commitment to researching and
conserving moths has led me to become part of the
Programa de Investigación Entomología
de Misiones (PrEM). This unique opportunity has
allowed me to collaborate with
scientists and experts in the field of entomology, participating
in research and contributing to
scientific knowledge about insects and their role in the
“Furthermore, as a coordinator of a
Lepidoptera Observers’ Club Misiones and San Miguel
(Corrientes), I have had the
opportunity to share my passion with fellow nature enthusiasts
and promote a love for science within
the community. We utilize tools like
iNaturalist, to document and share our observations of moths and other insects.
“Through citizen science, we have
contributed valuable data that helps scientists and
entomologists in their research and in
biodiversity conservation efforts.
“This experience in entomology and
citizen science has enriched me and strengthened my
commitment to scientific research and
nature conservation. I firmly believe in the power of
public participation in knowledge
generation, and I strive to promote citizen science and
encourage community involvement in
research and biodiversity conservation.”
Welcome, Hernan! We are happy to have
you on board our team of country coordinators who are bringing knowledge and
appreciation of moths to their fellow citizens.