National Moth Week is a new project celebrating moths and biodiversity in the US. Mark your calendars for July 23-29, 2012.
They can be amazing mimics; they can be as tiny as the head of a pin. They can be huge with surprising underwing patterns, like the moth on the Moth Week Logo. The purpose of Moth Week is two-fold; to encourage people to go outside and look at the life around them, and also to encourage people to document and submit what they see as part of a larger citizen science project.
You don’t need to know what you are looking at to participate–if you post your images on the Discover Life site (following the protocol), they will identify them for you!
You can find instructions for having a Moth Party at your house on the Discover Life website, too. I plan to have a Moth Night Celebration at my house in Connecticut. I live in a perfect area for mothing–streams, a big pond, forest, and agricultural land all near me. We’ll get lots of interesting insects, including moths.
Join me in being one Bad Moth-er…
(Shut your mouth!)
What about you? Do you think you’ll participate? Is standing around at night looking at bugs your kind of party? If not, what is your kind of party?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.
- How to light trap moths (PDF)
- How to bait for moths (PDF)
- BugGuide has photos of most common moths in the US!