It’s National Moth Week. I think it is only the second annual event, but it is another chance to take part in a citizen science project. National Moth Week every year the last week in July. The National Moth Week website has a useful tips on finding moths.
I like moths for their subtle coloring and soft feathery looks. There are more moths species than there are butterflies.
My crowning achievement last year was the photos I took of a Hummingbird Moth.
I bought Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America this past week. I realized I didn’t have a field guide to the moths and couldn’t identify most of the moths I see. The field guide has enhanced photos instead of the more labor-intensive and expensive drawings. I tend to like drawings in field guides. But, I think this is the most comprehensive guide to the moths of Northeastern North America available. The front of the book has close to twenty pages on how to find, photograph, and identify moths. There is also information on moth natural history.
To learn more about moths, visit the National Moth Week website at http://nationalmothweek.org/. Here are more moths photos to look at.English: Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae), Hiiumaa, Estonia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)