Mothless in moth week

The last full week of July every year is National Moth Week in the US. If you live in the US, you can participate in various activities to up your moth appreciation index and contribute data to various moth projects. Skepchick describes it in detail here.

Of course, over there July is high summer, but it’s winter here, with not so many moths. Try as I might, I did not find but one.

Spring has now sprung with a vengeance, with higher than normal temperatures, and despite the lack of rain nature is out in force, including moths. So here is my own belated moth week. All of these are about 3 cm wide or long, with the exception of the case moth case (fingers included for scale).

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Amata species

Moth_1Moth_3Moth_3 undersideMoth_4 Case moth cocoon Case moth caseCase moth_2Moth_5While on the topic of moths, Real Monstrosities has a great video of moth camouflage here.

The CSIRO has a terrific Australian moth ID site at Australian Moths Online, as does the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. One day when I have a few hours, I’ll trawl through those sites for IDs. There are reportedly between 20,000 and 30,000 Australian moth species, so I’ll hire a barista for the day while looking. 🙂

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2 Responses to Mothless in moth week

  1. Kathy says:

    Moths are so neglected in favour of butterflies. I agree they are magnificent. We thought the Coffs Harbour Butterfly Farm was closed, as we could not find it last time through.

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