Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

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.

Share your Time

We often have tasks that can be completed by volunteers who have little training or experience as lepidopterists. Contact us to have your name added to the list of "on call" volunteers, and tell us a little about what type of volunteer work you would like to do.

Share your Expertise
We need individuals who are willing to review records submitted for Central America, western U.S. states, some Canadian provinces, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, and some Mexican states (see all available positions). We also need collaborators who can help with caterpillar identification, and we are seeking individuals to help keep our taxonomy up to date. If you have training or a strong background in identification or taxonomy, please contact us and tell us how you would like to help.