National Moth Week Data Collection

Data Collection

The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we know about it.” (Aldo Leopold, 1948)

How to Submit Data Collected During National Moth Week? click here

National Moth Week offers an unparalleled opportunity to contribute meaningful scientific data about moths. We encourage data collection and high quality photographic documentation of moths during National Moth Week for anyone interested in this important endeavor. Obtaining voucher specimens for museum collections and DNA analysis for certain Families is also encouraged. For many moth species distributional information is lacking or poorly documented, for others, DNA is clarifying phylogenic relationships and identifying new species. National Moth Week observations and collections can fill in important data gaps and be of significant biological value. The contributions of amateur naturalists and citizen scientists form the foundation of many aspects of our understanding of moth ecology. We have partnered with many of the major moth databases around the world to facilitate the deposition of records obtained during National Moth Week. Many of these databases have also begun extensive distributional mapping projects that rely on the wealth of data provided by the professional scientific community, and of equal or perhaps even greater importance, everyone with an interest in moths, be it via casual backyard observations or from more structured studies. All accurate data is important and of equal value. While the vast number of moths and the difficulty identifying some species may seem overwhelming at first, there are numerous resources for help and we have partnered with many of these individuals and organizations. The link (click here) lists organization that are all seeking data about moths. National Moth Week observations can yield a wealth of valuable data for these excellent resources and we strongly encourage contributions to them.


iNaturalist 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 2023 project! Some county/regional partners also have projects on the site you can manually add your observations. More information below.

Link to 2023 NMW project –

Project Noah

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!

The Encyclopedia of Life

The 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

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

Discover Life’s Moth Pages

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.


Fieldguide 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.

Nature Share

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

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.

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