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Butterflies & Moths of North America

Main Project Information
Presented By Butterfly and Moth Information Network
Goal Build a high quality database of butterfly and moth occurrences
Task Take and upload pictures of butterflies and moths near you.
Where Butterflies & Moths of North America
North America

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) is seeking individuals to submit their sightings of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars. BAMONA is a user-friendly web site and database that shares butterfly and moth species information with the public via dynamic maps, checklists, and species pages. Data are updated in real time and come from a variety of sources, including citizen scientists. Individuals can get involved by documenting butterflies and moths in their neighborhoods and submitting photographs for review. Collaborating lepidopterists serve as coordinators and oversee quality control. Submitted data are verified, added to the database, and then made available through the web site.

BAMONA also provides free support to partners. Partner with BAMONA to build local or regional species checklists, to get secure data storage, or to set up a project-specific submission and review process. Or, let us know how we can work with you to create a customized solutions for browsing, searching, and visualizing your data. See for details and links to partners.

How to Join

Learn how to get involved by sharing your sightings:
Step one: register for a free account online.
Step two: take photographs of butterflies and/or moths.
Step three: submit the photographs and sighting information using the online form.

Experienced lepidopterists are also needed to get involved as regional coordinators. Go to and learn how to share your expertise.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags butterflies, butterfly, data, database, data collection, data entry, data gathering, data visualization, girl scouts, identify butterflies, identify butterfly, identify caterpillar, identify insect, identify moth, identify moths, monarch butterfly, moth, moths, pollinator, pollinators, research, sighting, sightings
Project Updated 01/30/2018