National Moth Week 2020

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 🙂

I made this moth gif and uploaded it to GIPHY…I’m not sure whether I can get it to come up through searching on instagram stories but I’m looking into trying! We need more moth gifs. And a moth emoji!

Not quite as much to report this year! For more cool moth content, you can always go back to my 2019 and 2018 posts, or alternatively, see them all together in the just moth things post category.

National Moth Week 2019

It brings me a lot of joy to make moth week illustrations.

Another year, another #NationalMothWeek! I discovered this annual occurrence as I was about to create my blog almost two years ago, and I love that it happens every end of July, just before my blog turns another year older each August 1st. It’s the perfect celebration for my borrowed Luna moth brand, and while some people may look at my blog or instagram and think the name is just a random quirky choice I made, I think it has layers that make it a great representation of my little corner of the internet and more fun to have on a logo than just my own name or something.

I love moths because they are such a great example of how everything (everyone) has an inherent value and purpose for existing. Some moths are pretty, some start as silkworms that produce thread which can be made into beautiful fabric, some live only long enough to mate and die, some best serve as another link in the food chain to nourish other creatures, but no matter how small or plain the species, their absence would be felt. You can check out last year’s moth week post here, and now let’s get into this year’s roundup of cool moth news and interesting links.

Moth coloring pages! For your kids or if you’re a kid at heart. A friendly instagram commenter alerted me that these exist on the moth week official site after my cousin suggested I should make a moth coloring book. That would be a fun future project, but for now, I turned my logo into a Luna moth coloring page that you can print or download by clicking here! Or you could color in my moth illustration above if you really wanted to 😉

The Moth Book – a cool old book on moths published in 1903 that you can read for free at this link, kind of…many of the pages are scanned poorly so it’s more just to flip through for fun.

Tips on how to do the whole “mothing” thing – in my two years of being aware of National Moth Week I’ve never officially set up a mothing experiment, my house is a bit more in the “city” (though I live in a very small city) and not near any woods, so I don’t often see many moths larger than a quarter at my home, but I would love to try “mothing” in my local park someday, I bet there’d be a ton of cool moths around.

Pretty cool new moth species discovered in Costa Rica – there are estimated to be anywhere between 160,000 to 500,000 species of moths in the world, many of which are yet to be discovered!

A lovely gallery of high-quality photos of some of the prettiest moths out there. Actually, I found so many crazy interesting and beautiful moths once I started browsing Pinterest that I made a whole moth board you should definitely check out.

When I laid eyes on the Baorisa hieroglyphica moth it immediately became one of my new favorites, what a work of natural art. I had to draw it, of course, and I just went for realism this time because there’s no need to take creative liberties with something that’s already this beautiful.

Alright I think that’s quite enough for this year. Needless to say, there are plenty of interesting things to mention about moths! Hope you’ll check out some of those links, until next time — same moth week, same moth channel 😉

National Moth Week 2018

If you’ve been following along on instagram, I’ve shared a few moth week posts and even got to spread the word outside of my typical range of followers with an illustration featured on drawing app Paper by fiftythree‘s page. Sometimes it’s just fun to geek out over something, you know? I love finding little niche interests to dive into, and while random knowledge about moths doesn’t necessarily serve a major purpose in my daily life, I think it makes life a little more full and interesting to learn about all that you can.

I think that’s part of why I dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. Kids are always so eager to learn about little things like bugs and such and I think sometimes we lose that wonder as adults. Bugs become just bugs. But there’s so much to learn about the simplest creatures. Like how the tails of luna moth wings confuse bat sonar in flight to allow them to avoid being eaten. And the reason moths leave “dust” behind is that their wings are covered in tiny scales which can be shed freely so that if they fly into a spider web, they don’t stick and can escape. That’s also the origin of the name for the order that encompasses butterflies and moths: Lepidoptera, from the Greek “lepido” (scale), and “ptera” (wings).

I don’t really want to go on here because just summarizing facts is no fun, haha. But I would love to give you a few links for further reading if you want some great moth resources to check out. 🙂

7 reasons moths are amazing

National Moth Week official page

LepSnap: Free, universal field guide for Lepidoptera

Facts about Lepidoptera

New children’s book about moths

“As an educator that’s what I was really all about, is to get people to see things that they don’t normally see, that have been there all the time. And you go, ‘Oh my god, how could I have overlooked that?’ […] That’s what it is really, a sense of awe and wonder”

Loved this other moth illustration shared by FiftyThree

Electron micrograph image of moth wing scales

So, since tomorrow is the last day of National Moth Week 2018, maybe go out “mothing” or just wink at the little guy you spot fluttering by your porch light, because moths are cool and you know what’s up. 😉 Peace out, moth week.