Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

moths

National Moth Week July 20-28, 2019 Celebrates Nature’s Unheralded Pollinators

Moths’ vital role as nature’s often unheralded nighttime pollinators will be spotlighted during the 8th Annual National Moth Week, July 20-28.

National Moth Week (NMW) invites moth enthusiasts – a.k.a. “moth-ers” – of all ages and abilities to participate in this worldwide citizen science project that literally shines a light on moths, their beauty, ecological diversity and critical role in the natural world

It is National Moth Week July 22-30, 2017!

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.

Mobile-friendly BAMONA website is coming

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.

Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont

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.