National Moth Week started yesterday, July 18, 2020, and runs through next Sunday.
To celebrate, we will have some posts about moths this week, but if you'd like to get a a head start, try:
1. Amazing videos of moths and caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab channel.
2. The Kids Page at the National Moth Week website (with free moth coloring book).
3. The butterfly and moth activities on our website.
Plus, be sure to check out our growing list of children's books about moths and butterflies.
Public domain image of Imperial Moth from the Smithsonian.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it's a.... moth!
This moth has many names. Because its fuzzy amber yellow and black body resembles a bumble bee, it is called a bee moth, bumblebee moth, or bee hawk moth. Unlike other moths, you can see through its wings, so sometimes they are called clearwing moths. Finally, because they are active during the day, because of their size, and because they hover around flowers sipping nectar, members of their family are also called hummingbird moths.
As is usual for the Family Sphingidae, bee moth larvae (caterpillars) have a pointy "horn" or spike at the end of their abdomens and are called hornworms.
This short video shows a bee moth caterpillar feeding. Can you see its brownish thorn-like horn?
The caterpillars eat various shrubs, such as snowberry, or some small trees like cherry trees.
Once mature, larvae drop to the ground to pupate in the leaf litter before transforming into an adult moth.
The adults feed on nectar from flowers. They seem to be particularly attracted to bee balm (Monarda).
Aren't moths amazing?
And don't forget, it's National Moth Week.
Have you ever seen a bee moth? What did you think it was?