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Maryland/DC Outdoor Light Moth Survey

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): 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

Maryland/DC Outdoor Light Moth Survey
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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.

Maryland/DC Outdoor Light Moth Survey

Lat: 39.18 Long: -77.08

Recent Spottings

Grape Leaffolder Treichard 2 3 Grape Leaffolder
The Gem Treichard 1 0 The Gem
Dubious Tiger Moth Treichard 1 1 Dubious Tiger Moth
Streaked Coleophora Moth Treichard 1 0 Streaked Coleophora Moth
Elachista illectella Treichard 1 0 Elachista illectella
Cherry Fruitworm Moth Treichard 1 1 Cherry Fruitworm Moth
Garden Tortrix Moth Treichard 1 0 Garden Tortrix Moth
Bicolored Pyrausta Treichard 1 0 Bicolored Pyrausta
Grateful Midget Treichard 1 0 Grateful Midget
Chalcedony Midget Treichard 1 1 Chalcedony Midget
Common Looper Moth Treichard 1 0 Common Looper Moth
Toothed Phigalia ragudroid 0 2 Toothed Phigalia
Green Cutworm Moth Treichard 0 0 Green Cutworm Moth
Morrison's Sallow Treichard 0 0 Morrison's Sallow
American Idia Moth Treichard 0 0 American Idia Moth
The Wedgling Moth Treichard 0 0 The Wedgling Moth
Small Phigalia Treichard 0 0 Small Phigalia
Bristly Cutworm Moth Treichard 0 0 Bristly Cutworm Moth
Bent-line Dart Moth Treichard 0 0 Bent-line Dart Moth
Sod Webworm Moth Treichard 0 0 Sod Webworm Moth
Bicolored Sallow Treichard 0 0 Bicolored Sallow
Toothed Brown Carpet Treichard 0 1 Toothed Brown Carpet
Curve-lined Angle Timothy9 0 0 Curve-lined Angle
Toothed Phigalia Treichard 0 0 Toothed Phigalia
Brown-shaded Gray Moth Treichard 0 0 Brown-shaded Gray Moth
Variable Sallow Treichard 0 0 Variable Sallow
Lucerne Moth Treichard 0 0 Lucerne Moth
The Wedgling Moth Treichard 0 0 The Wedgling Moth
Many-spotted Scoparia Moth Treichard 0 0 Many-spotted Scoparia Moth
Eupithecia matheri (pug moth) Treichard 0 0 Eupithecia matheri (pug moth)
Lesser Wainscot Treichard 0 0 Lesser Wainscot
Subterranean Dart Treichard 0 0 Subterranean Dart
Canadian Melanolophia Moth Treichard 0 0 Canadian Melanolophia Moth
Coleophora casebearer moth Treichard 0 0 Coleophora casebearer moth
Fall Cankerworm Moth Treichard 0 0 Fall Cankerworm Moth
Dark-spotted Palthis Moth Treichard 0 0 Dark-spotted Palthis Moth
Saddled Prominent Treichard 0 0 Saddled Prominent
Acorn Moth Treichard 0 0 Acorn Moth
Elegant Grass-Veneer Treichard 0 0 Elegant Grass-Veneer
Spotting Treichard 0 0 Spotting
Bent-winged Owlet Treichard 0 0 Bent-winged Owlet
Cynical Quaker Treichard 0 0 Cynical Quaker
Spotting Treichard 0 0 Spotting
Canadian Melanolophia Treichard 0 0 Canadian Melanolophia
Bristly Cutworm Moth Treichard 0 0 Bristly Cutworm Moth
Spotting Treichard 0 0 Spotting
Angus' Datana Treichard 0 0 Angus' Datana
The Slowpoke Moth Treichard 0 0 The Slowpoke Moth
Common Eupithecia Moth Treichard 0 0 Common Eupithecia Moth
Wavy-lined Emerald Treichard 0 0 Wavy-lined Emerald

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