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Photo: National Moth Week
Presented by The Friends of the EB Environmental Commission
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Camera to photograph moths. Computer access to upload data.


National Moth Week


http://www.nationalmothweek.org


Collect data on moth species, ecology and distribution
Spot, photograph and list moths during National Moth Week.

Like moths to a flame? Did you know the US is home to over 11,000 moth species? Head outside during National Moth Week July 19-27, 2014 and find a few. Join existing teams or organize a count in your area! Photograph or record moths spotted in parks, environmental education centers, or fluttering around your porchlight.

Why study moths?  Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.  Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.  Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.  Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.  Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.




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