National Moth Week

National Moth Week (NMW) is a worldwide citizen science project to study and record populations of moths, Lepidopteran insects closely related to butterflies.[1] The annual event is held in the last week of July.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] It encourages scientists and non-scientists to participate in mostly night-time surveys of moths.[9] People may participate via organized events, or individually from their own gardens.[10] National Moth Week has partnerships with major online biological data depositories, and participants map moth distribution to provide information on life history aspects of moths around the globe.

National Moth Week
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Logo of National Moths Week since 2014
GenreCitizen science
DatesLast week in July
ParticipantsAll interested

National Moth Week was founded in the United States in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, a non-profit organization in New Jersey.[11] Since its founding, National Moth Week participation has grown to include events in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries worldwide.[12][8]


  1. ^ Seabrook, Charles (July 15, 2016). "Get set to celebrate National Moth Week". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. ^ Snoderly, JoAnn (April 29, 2018). "Flowers blooming in North Central West Virginia, providing mood boosts for those who take advantage". WV News. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. ^ Gardner, Ralph, Jr. (6 August 2014). "Seeing the merit in moths". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  4. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (22 July 2014). "An exaltation of moths, much-maligned kin of the butterfly". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Anderson, Leah (July 22, 2014). "Moths aflutter in honor of National Moth Week". U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ Aldrich, Eric. "National Moth Week. There's mothing to do!". The Nature Conservancy.
  7. ^ "Environmental Education Resources - National Moth Week". Southeastern Education Environmental Education Alliance.
  8. ^ a b Greenemeier, Larry (July 15, 2014). "National Moth Week 2014". Scientific American. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  9. ^ Wei-Haas, Maya (July 18, 2015). "15 pictures of adaptable, beautiful, and misunderstood moths". National Geographic. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  10. ^ Leckie, Seabrook; Beadle, David (2018). "Resources. Public events". Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 620. ISBN 9780544252110.
  11. ^ Moskowitz, David; Haramaty, Liti (July 26, 2016). "Got Moths? Celebrate National Moth Week and Global Citizen Science". Entomology Today. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  12. ^ Doyle, Sabrina (July 17, 2015). "Wildlife on Friday | National Moth Week seeks citizen scientists". Canadian Geographic.

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