Butterflies may be considered the showiest of winged insects, but moths are pretty awesome, too. And there are a lot of them. In fact, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation says about nine moth species exist for every one butterfly species globally!
In celebration and appreciation of these typically nocturnal creatures, the 8th annual National Moth Week
is July 20–28. Here at Florida Native Plant Society, we’re going to highlight seven moth species this week—one per day—that have lifecycle relationships with our native plants
. We’ll kick it off tomorrow with a post about one of the larger, more well-known moths, the beautiful Luna.
National Moth Week events are being organized around the globe, and online registration
is available for group and individual activities.
You can also participate in a citizen science project
through iNaturalist. This project provides a place to share photos and contribute to the body of knowledge about moths. So far, more than 3,600 moth species have been identified in the project.
“National Moth Week has introduced thousands of citizen scientists around the world to the fascinating world of nighttime nature,” said NMW co-founder David Moskowitz. “People of all ages and abilities can document moths in their local habitats and contribute their photos and observations of these important creatures.”
Interested in learning more? Check out this Xerces blog
National Moth Week is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, and has been held annually since 2012.
by Laura Bennett-Kimble of Passionflower Chapter
, edited by Valerie Anderson