Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


National Moth Week is July 19-27, 2014

Get ready for National Moth Week 2014!

BAMONA is a proud supporter of National Moth Week. Plan to take photographs of moths in your area the week of July 19-27, 2014. Then, come to BAMONA and submit your sightings. Be sure to select "National Moth Week" from the partner project list to get your data recorded as part of the Week.

If you plan to host an event for National Moth Week, register on the official website.

Get outside and get into moths!

Mothography by Warren Krupsaw

Warren Krupsaw has provided BAMONA with some excellent close-up photographs of moths. Check them out in Warren's gallery page, on species pages, and in the Image Gallery.

While many photographers focus on capturing the details that assist with identification, Krupsaw describes his work as "Moth Portraiture." To see all of Warren's work, check out his online gallery. You can learn more about his techniques from his article at The Photo Argus.

Web Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies and Damselflies

This web atlas provides a wealth of information on 193 rare species in these insect groups, all made possible by hundreds of records from around the state. These records were amassed over two years from the Natural Heritage Program database, the field work of Natural Heritage Program inventory biologists and cooperators, and in many cases literature sources and museum specimens. The public can use this web atlas to: 1) enter locality name and receive a summary of all rare species in these groups by locality in Virginia; 2) enter a species or common name, and get summary information on its physical appearance, its food or host plants, its habitat requirements, conservation status; 3) view a current county presence map for Virginia; and more. This information, including photos, is provided in printable factsheets for every rare species in the Atlas. This Atlas was developed by the DCR Natural Heritage Program and the DCR Public Communications Office, with funding and initial project vision provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant. Check it out at http://www.vararespecies.org.

Butterfly Conservation's Seventh International Symposium April 4-6, 2014

Butterfly Conservation's Seventh International Symposium will be held at Southampton on the theme: The ecology and conservation of butterflies and moths.

The Symposium will include the latest science of butterflies and moths and how science can help to reverse the decline of butterflies and moths, and their habitats. The programme also provides opportunities for Butterfly Conservation members and others to present papers or posters on practical conservation work and contributions will be welcomed. The Symposium will end with a forward look of future challenges, including the impact of climate change.

Keynote speakers include Prof. Chris Thomas (York Univ, UK), Prof Christer Wiklund (Stockholm Univ, Sweden), Dr Tom Brereton (Butterfly Conservation, UK), Dr Bob Pyle (Naturalist and writer, USA), Scott Hoffman Black (Xerces Society, IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group, USA) and Dr Thomas Merckx (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). The proceedings will be published as a special issue of the Journal of Insect Conservation, deadline for paper submission will be Friday 2nd May 2014). .

Awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation

The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two $3,750 awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation.

The The Joan Mosenthal DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

For more information, to download a PDF of the submission guidelines, and to read summaries of previous award winning projects, please visit http://www.xerces.org/joan-dewind-award/.

Submission Deadline for 2013 Awards
The submission deadline is Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2013, with the awards given by May 2013.