Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


Help a high school teacher discover new Hawaiian moths

Dr. Matt Medeiros is a teacher at the Urban School of San Francisco where he helps students understand everything from chemistry to genetics. Along with his teaching duties, he maintains an active research program, largely involved with discovering rare and imperiled moth species from the uninhabited Hawaiian island of Kahoolawe. Kahoolawe was used as a target range by the US military from 1942 until 1990, but remarkably, there are some surviving species found only on this island and nowhere else on earth. Dr. Medeiros searches for these surviving moth species, learns more about their life histories, and provides this information to land managers in Hawaii.

As a high school teacher, Dr. Medeiros isn't eligible for most research grants, so he has been funding his studies out-of-pocket. However, he has recently started a campaign to support his next field trip, and we're hoping you can make a donation to help cover the costs. Please check out his project page for a movie, list of rewards, and much more information about his project: http://rkthb.co/7372.

In return for helping Dr. Medeiros discover new moth species, you can receive a number of cool rewards like moth-related art or even a tour of his lab! His campaign ends on May 31. Every little bit helps!

For additional information, see Dr. Medeiros' research webpage at: http://www.mattjmedeiros.com/.

New family, new subfamilies, and eighteen new moth species

The families Adelidae and Galacticidae were added to the database, along with subfamilies Adelinae (Adelidae), Acetropinae (Crambidae), and Yponomeutinae (Yponomeutidae). Eighteen moth species were also added to the database: Adela caeruleella, Tebenna gnaphaliella, Petrophila canadensis, Petrophila bifascialis, Microcrambus minor, Sitochroa palealis, Scoparia cinereomedia, Dasychira plagiata, Homadaula anisocentra, Acontia terminimaculata, Panthea acronyctoides, Immyrla nigrovittella, Olethreutes bipartitana, Olethreutes furfuranum, Archips infumatana, Acleris britannia, Acleris schalleriana, and Yponomeuta padella.