It may be the fifth day of National Moth Week, but the worldwide phenomena is not over yet. Between the Olympic games make sure to explore your backyard, local park, woods or city for some of the 160,000 species of moths, more than 10,000 species in North America alone.
How it began
David Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty, with The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (www.friendsebec.com), have been holding public Moth Nights in their local community several times every year since 2005, according the National Moth Week website. The focus of the moth nights was to observe moths and also encourage amateur scientists and volunteers to embrace the biodiversity of the planet. The success of the Moth Nights lead Moskowitz and Haramaty to create National Moth Week. 7 days of moth spotting, photographing, classifying and an overall celebration of the natural world. National Moth Week is a project of the ‘Friends of the East Brunswick [NJ] Environmental Commission’, a 501C3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and conservation, according to their website.
Sure, we tend to be annoyed when a moth makes its way into our house. We try to usher back outside by turning off and on lights or capturing it between a cup and piece of cardboard. One of the goals of National Moth Week is to encourage people to see the diversity and beauty of moths. This image was uploaded on Project Noah from the Bhutan. Beautiful isn’t it? And a moth of all things. Complex, colorful, spotted and banded. This moth showcases the beauty and essence of national Moth Week. An under appreciated insect, even considered a pest at times, comes in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. This week focuses on embracing the diversity of moths and better understanding all they are and all they can do. National Moth Week is a chance to observe nature, first hand. So take a trip, whether it be to your backyard or further and begin the search.The scientists and researchers suggest turning on lights or making syrup and water mixtures to attract the moths.
National Citizen Science Time
With National Moth Week comes new and improved citizen science opportunities to contribute meaningful data about moths. National Moth Week has provided a list of citizen science projects looking for various information on moths. Some require photographs of the moths wile others ask for more detailed data. So, whether you’re an expert moth photographer or moth classifier you can still make significant contributions to current research. Moths are nocturnal, although some fly around during the day, so during your downtime from late night moth hunting don’t forget to check out our citizen science video game Happy Moth! Sort through images of moths from the comfort of your own home. These photographs were taken directly from the field. In Happy Moth! your classifications will directly help current scientific research.