Wednesday, July 22, 2020

National Moth Week

Once again it’s National Moth Week, a celebration of those often inconspicuous creatures that pollinate many flowers, defoliate trees and shrubs, are agricultural pests and feed the bats and birds that grace forests and fields.

For two years we've kept a light on outside the house on warm spring, summer and fall evenings, the moths that gather have been collected, ensconced in the refrigerator for the night and photographed in the morning. After three years the moths that are most abundant here have been photographed.

But there are still new species to find – especially since the changing climate is impacting the number, distribution and abundance of moths. Some scientists are concerned about a worldwide collapse of insect populations. If insect numbers are plummeting we should all be worried since the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that somewhere around 35% of the world’s food plants are insect-pollinated.

Here are some of the species photographed at our house in northcentral Pennsylvania in 2020 –

There are over 11,000 species of moths in North America, and that’s not counting the species that have yet to be collected and identified, so the 225+ species I’ve photographed here are a mere drop in the bucket.


The Furry Gnome said...

I often think the names are as interesting as the moths themselves! Who ever names these creatures?

eileeninmd said...


What a beautiful collection of moths and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day,wishing you a happy weekend!

Anu said...

Hello. Fantastic serie and wonderful photos.

EricaSta said...

Wow... fantastisc captures. I'm a great Fan.
Stay healthy and well.

Tanza Erlambang said...

aww... a lot variety of moth...
thank you for sharing knowledge and interesting photos