After last year, I had high hopes that this year might have been the year I actually organized a “mothing” group activity in my local park, but with 2020 going as it is, that didn’t quite happen. However, I had a pretty good moth week on my own this year, because I was housesitting/dogsitting for a family with a house that backs up to some woods, which made for more moth sightings than I typically get at my own home! I still have yet to spot any really interesting moths, but maybe 2021 will be the year I actually get an official moth week event going.
Time for the yearly post-moth-week roundup!
Check out iNaturalist’s Moth Week 2020 page for all the moth observation photos and stats from this year. There were over 106,000 moth sightings reported by moth-ers worldwide!
This site has a daily moth activity! Under a photo of the moth, you can click the links to pull up a guide where you can check various boxes of moth characteristics and then hit “search” and it will come up with possible identifications. Plus there’s a link to the answer if you can’t figure it out. Pretty fun, and a good resource!
If you have 10 minutes, there is a great TEDx talk by the artist behind the National Moth Week logo, Belén Mena. I love her story of how she fell in love with moths, and she includes a lot of beautiful moth photos, her own moth illustrations, and interesting facts about moths (you can click the little CC button for English subtitles).
This past spring I took a biology class for one of my last gen ed requirements. For the paper assignment, we were allowed to choose any biology-related topic that interested us. Naturally, I wrote about moths! My paper is slightly more casual than I typically write academic-wise, so it’s not too dry…you can read it if you like.
Love the positive moth energy of this article.
A reminder that I have a pinterest board dedicated to cool moths 🙂