National Moth Week

July 23-29 is the first ever National Moth Week in which people from all over the world have moth nights and record the species seen. The way to attract moths is to set a light and a black light in front of a cloth and possibly to put out sugar bait. You then wait and check the sheet periodically throughout the night, especially at moth high time-1 AM. I participated this year and did part of a night on the 24th and a full night on the 25th. We recorded a good number of species and it was really fun! The data helps scientists find out what the affects of climate change are on moths and other animals by looking at which species are where. Moth identification can be hard, however, but there are some things that can help. I have found one “do-it-yourself” guide online at this address: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Moth&flags=HAS:. If you have a picture and you still cannot identify the moth species, you can submit the picture to either http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 or http://www.projectnoah.org/ for identification help. There were only a few species I couldn’t identify so it was pretty successful! I hope more and more people participate in the years to come and if you still want to yet this year, here is more information: http://nationalmothweek.org/. 

Bicolored Angle Moth
Banded Tussock Moth
Changeable Grass-veneer Moth
American Dagger Moth
Green Cutworm Moth
Posturing Arta Moth
Joyful Holomelina
White-dotted Prominent Moth
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