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It's time to get ready for National Moth Week, which is coming up July 20-28, 2019.

Moths’ vital role as nature’s often unheralded nighttime pollinators will be spotlighted during the 8th Annual National Moth Week, July 20-28, 2019.

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.

Free online registration is open to individuals, groups, schools, parks, museums, nature centers and other organizations. Events are posted on the NMW events map. This year’s registration form enables events before and after NMW to be included.

Participants are invited to contribute their moth photos and observations to NMW partner websites, as well as the NMW Flickr group. This year, iNaturalist.org, a site for sharing observations and identifications in the natural world, will feature a page for NMW.

To learn more about National Moth Week, visit nationalmothweek.org, or write to info@nationalmothweek.org.

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Remember the cabbage loopers from a few weeks ago?

Now they are moths.

For little brown, boring moths they have some very fancy tufts on their back.

Those are clusters of hair-like scales. Quite the fancy 'do, don't you think?

Can you imagine how different the world must look going from tiny caterpillar eyes to big moth eyes? Those are an enormous number of physical changes in a short period of time.

It's that time of year to reflect, so I'm looking back on my favorite insect photographs of 2018.


Although it is hard to tell, this grasshopper nymph is tiny. It is hiding on a thistle plant.

Maybe it was the year for tiny insects. I also photographed a tiny praying mantis.

Many of the insects were caught feeding on the nectar of flowers, like this ant...


milkweed bug


colorful moth


and syrphid or flower fly.

This plant bug chose to sit on a matching flower.

Butterflies and caterpillars are always popular. This is the caterpillar for a queen butterfly.

Can you guess why this one is called an American snout butterfly?

I was surprised at the number of flies I had photographed this year, especially because I'm not all that fond of flies.

This one had a funny face (I won't make you look at any more.)

Thank you for visiting Growing With Science this year. Hope you have a wonderful 2019!