Turn on your porch lights during a warm summer evening and you will soon be joined by more winged visitors than you can count.
Vermont’s moth diversity is astounding, although you may not realize it until you take a closer look.
Vermont is in fact home to over 2,200 moth species with new ones being discovered all the time. Since 1995, 400 new moth species have been documented in the Green Mountain State. Some of these moths fly by day and can be found in the fields and forests around your home. Some of them fly by night and require a little coaxing into view. However, moths offer more than just their intriguing diversity—they also serve important roles in their ecosystems as both pollinators and food for other wildlife.
Here at the Vermont Atlas of Life, we are eager to take a deeper dive and learn more about Vermont’s moths. By encouraging citizen scientists to photograph and share their moth encounters, we hope to better understand their phenology, habitat use, and range like never before.
There’s a great, wide world of moths waiting to be discovered. Read more about the Vermont Moth Atlas and learn how you can get involved!