Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


May 05, 2017 ...

The Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) has been recorded in Eddy County, New Mexico. This subtropical species typically ranges from Brazil through Central America to central Mexico. Check out the verified sighting for details.

Apr 17, 2017 ...

The 2017 Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society will be held July 30-August 1 at the University of Arizona. Visit the website for more information: https://www.lepsoc.org/content/annual-meeting.

Apr 10, 2017 ...

We are continuing our furious development pace as we work on the next version of the BAMONA website and underlying database. This enormous endeavor involves thousands of hours of unpaid work. The result will be an entirely responsive version of the BAMONA website, including the sighting submission and review process. We look forward to unveiling the new system and introducing users to new features.

Because two of us handle all of the development work on top of other project duties, communications via email have been slow. Sorry for the inconvenience! We are focusing on getting the system ready for a stable launch, and then we will dig out of emails.

If you like what we do and want to show your thanks, please consider making a contribution to our PayPal account: https://www.paypal.me/BAMONA.

Sep 22, 2016 ...

With cooler temps approaching this Fall, it’s a great time to get outside and hike a trail. And if you live in the Piedmont of the Carolinas or Georgia, there is a new field guide that can help you identify common organisms you may see as you hike. The Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont is a picture-based identification guide to over 700 Piedmont species. It includes common animals, plants, fungi, animal tracks, skulls and bones, rocks, minerals, nature sounds, and even slime molds. The field guide is a free eBook intended to help the general public easily identify and learn about common organisms. The picture for most species is hyperlinked to a reputable website with natural history information. The field guide can be downloaded for free to any electronic device from www.uscupstate.edu/fieldguide.

Jun 24, 2016 ...

If you missed it in past years, plan to get involved this year!

Getting involved is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friends and neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and see what is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths, etc. Visit the National Moth Week website for more information, or learn how to register.

If you take part in National Moth Week, you can provide your data to us. Take photographs of the moths you find, and come share your sightings with BAMONA. You will need to register for an account, but it is quick and easy to do, and logged in users can track their submissions. Simply take a photograph of a moth, and submit that information to us via our online submission form. Make sure to select "National Moth Week" under the list of Partner Projects.

We'll add the verified records to the database, maps, and checklists, and your data will become part of a growing dataset. To see the records that have been verified so far, visit the National Moth Week Data Explorer.

Jun 24, 2016 ...

The Lepidopterists' Society 2016 Annual Meeting will take place July 6-10 at The Nature Place near Florissant, in the mountains west of Pikes Peak, Colorado. Optional field trips will be held July 11-13.

Find complete information about the event on The Lepidopterists' Society website.

Jun 19, 2016 ...

It is National Pollinator Week! Events are taking place across the US and its territories. Find out more.

Mar 02, 2016 ...

We are working on a new version of the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website and underlying database, with plans for a 2016 release. The site will be responsive (mobile-friendly) and have other improvements.

Due to limitations of the existing technology, we recently had to replace the Google map base layer with a layer from Open Street Map. When the new BAMONA site is launched, we will be able offer better maps again.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mar 02, 2016 ...

Paoloa Olaya-Arenas, a PhD student in Entomology at Purdue University, is seeking crowdfunding support for a research project: Non-target effect of insecticide seed treatment on milkweeds and monarch butterflies.

See https://experiment.com/projects/lxllxqbmxlkcegsrogel for full details and to contribute

Jun 15, 2015 ...

The Department of Entomology, Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) and Conferences at Purdue University invite you to attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society. Please mark your calendars for this meeting, which will be held at Purdue University in the Stewart Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, July 28 - August 2, 2015.

This promises to be an excellent meeting, with numerous field trips, access to important collections (PERC and INHS), a robust scientific program, and plenty of opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones! Please visit the 2015 LepSoc website for more information and to register for the meeting: http://www.entm.purdue.edu/perc/lepsoc2015.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Zaspel (jzaspel@purdue.edu) for any questions about the 2015 LepSoc Meeting.