Wild Science Celebrates National Moth Week

Josh | August 07, 2016 | News


Wild Science would like to shout huge congratulations to one of nature’s most loved nocturnal animal, the humble but beautiful moth.

This week scientists celebrate the beauty of this amazing insect while encouraging people all around the world to take part and join them as well. Do you know what?! don’t mind if I do!

Not only are they one of the most important and successful organisms on the planet, with estimated 150,000 – 500,000 moth species and I must say, they are fascinating to watch too.

They can be found in a number of different colours and cryptic patterns for camouflage, some small and some big.

Celebrate with us!

So why not celebrate with us? They are so easy to attract. As they are nocturnal animals, to find them it is as easy as switching on a light. No seriously, switch on your porch light and see what you can attract. Happy moth week everybody!

Here is one picture taken of one of the largest moth species in the world, the Atlas Moth and is native to Southeast Asia. This fantastic insect can reach a wingspan of up to 12 inches. This is only for the females but is still very impressive. Although fantastic to look at they are not graced with the best luck in the world as they emerge from their cocoon with no mouth. This makes their lifespan significantly short. For their very short time on this planet the moth will rely on the fat they stored in the immature stages of their life and living sadly no longer than a week. But at least you can appreciate their graceful beauty for a whole week.

Happy National Moth Week from everyone here at Wild Science.