National Moth Week Begins!

We are thrilled to announce that this week, July 23 – 29, 2012, has been designated the first ever National Moth Week.

Moths don’t often get a lot of good press. Perhaps because they are active at night and hide during the day, there’s a perception that moths are small, drab, and not as interesting as butterflies. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Nothing small or drab about this atlas moth!

How about this white-lined sphinx moth?

Caterpillars are always favorite with children, too.

How do you find moths? The National Moth Week has suggestions for finding moths, including looking around outside lights at night.

Also, you might want to check the website for locations many kid-friendly science events being held around the world.

Edit:  And don’t miss this cool moth coloring book to print out

In celebration of National Moth Week, I’ve created a category with all our posts that are about moths, including this recent moth life cycle post. I’m also going to devote this week to moths. Tomorrow I’ll talk about how to plant a moth-friendly garden instead of Seed of the Week, which will return next week.

I would love to hear how you and your family decide to celebrate National Moth Week.


  1. Karen

    I saw a white-lines sphinx moth this past weekend in Show Low. At least, I think it was that. It has very distinctive black and white lined markings. It was so different looking that I called my husband over to look at it. Very cool!

  2. Roberta

    I guess I need to get up there soon.

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