How to Get Involved
Anyone can participate in the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project.
The easiest way to get involved is to submit your sightings to the BAMONA database. We welcome submissions from citizen scientists, and no experience or species knowledge is needed.
Do you have a clear, high quality close-up photograph of a butterfly, moth, caterpillar, egg, or pupa? If you know when and where your photographs were taken, you can help our data collection project! Simply submit your photograph and some details via our online submission form. A regional coordinator will review your submission and identify it. Your sighting will be added to the database and made available to scientists.
To get started, you will need to register for an account. Registration is quick and easy. Once you are registered, just click the Submit a Sighting button and provide some details about where and when you found the insect. That's it!
After your sightings have been verified, you can also help the project by suggesting photographs for the BAMONA image gallery. Our image gallery features photographs from amateurs and professionals alike, and images are displayed in the main image gallery, on species profiles, on the home page, and other featured locations. When logged in, visit your Manage My Photographs page under the My BAMONA menu and suggest your best images for the gallery.
Do you want to provide additional help? Volunteer to be a photograph editor, and add other users' verified photographs to the image gallery. Contact us for details.