Thursday, August 1, 2019

Moths, Moths and More Moths

National Moth Week is over for another year, but moths will go on flying until late fall. The beauty and variety of moths is almost infinite since there are somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 species in the United States. The moths that are active in late spring are, for the most part, different than those to be seen in September and October.

While many moths may appear to be rather drab, dressed in white, brown or gray, many other species are extremely colorful –

There’s no need to travel to exotic places to see spectacular and interesting moths – just turn on an outside light and, if there are plants nearby, moths will come. No need to travel to wilderness areas either, there are moths in the city, in the suburbs, and in the country.

So turn on an outside light and moths will come to you –

You can see last year’s In Forest and Field posts for National Moth Week, with photographs of entirely different species, here and here.

Hopefully the photos in these posts have aroused your curiosity about these fascinating insects.


David M. Gascoigne, said...

You are quite right that you don't need to travel to exotic places to see interesting moths. Some of the less distinctive ones can be a challenge to identify, however!

The Furry Gnome said...

Great pictures, and a wonderful selection of moths!

Robert Folzenlogen said...

Thanks for the moth photo collections. Better than any moth guide I have come across!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful post on the moths. Great photos. The Luna Moth is beautiful!
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Lea said...

Yes indeed, moths are often overlooked. Your photos are great!
Have a wonderful weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! You've seen so many and now I know the names of a few I've seen here in Florida. I love the Luna Moth and some of these really use camo to survive! Beautiful photos for critters!