gill mushrooms. Photo by Donna L. Long

It's National Moth Week

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe)

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.

underwing moth?
underwing moth?
sphinx moth?
sphinx moth?

My crowning achievement last year was the photos I took of a Hummingbird Moth.

Hummingbird Moth (hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Moth (hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Moth (hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Moth (hemaris thysbe)

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.

Leopard Moth
Leopard Moth (Photo credit: Billtacular)
These beautiful saturnid moths (Hyalophora cec...
These beautiful saturnid moths (Hyalophora cecropia) are native to North America. Males are most commonly seen when they are confused by lights while following the scent of female pheromones. The adult moths live only a few weeks; just long enough to propogate the next generation. Saturnid moths do not eat nor have they ate since before pupation in Fall the previous year. This one is a female. She has smaller feathery antennae then the male. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae), Hiiumaa, Estonia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Identified on wp.en Science Reference...
English: Identified on wp.en Science Reference Desk as mating Laothoe populi (Poplar Hawk-moth) Taken Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mr. Green Moth
Mr. Green Moth (Photo credit: rsmithing)

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