Maryland/DC Outdoor Light Moth Survey
Turn on your home's exterior light in the evening and photograph the moths that visit. Photograph each moth separately and in these orientations, avoiding oblique-angled views if possible: 1. Top view of wing uppersides, with head pointing up. This view, clearly showing the wing patterns, is the most useful for identification. 2. Side view with head pointing to the right. This view is sometimes useful for identification. Flip/rotate your photos so that the head points in the correct direction. Then crop your photos so that each moth fills the photo's extent. Select this mission when submitting your spotting to Project Noah. Speed up the species identifications for free by submitting your moth photos also to the identification experts at BAMONA (Butterflies And Moths Of North America): http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/node/add/sighting Include in this mission only adult moths (not other animals) that appear to have been attracted by artificial light at night in Maryland or the District of Columbia, USA, including moths that remain on or near the light after dawn. Exclude eggs, caterpillars, and pupae, and exclude moths found far from your exterior lights (garden, field, forest, pantry, etc.). Sign in to join mission
Explore the diversity of moths that visit outdoor lights at night in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Turn on your porch, balcony, or other exterior light at home and let the moths come to you. Take a picture of each moth and submit it as a Project Noah spotting. Dozens or even a few hundred moth species are likely to turn up throughout the year when the light is on, demonstrating a surprisingly wide variety of shapes and intricate patterns. Compare your visiting moth species with those of others across the state.
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