A new moth for 2014

A new moth, Sympistis forbesi, was reported earlier this year by Brigette Zacharczenko, David Wagner, and Mary Jane Hatfield (thanks also to them for the photos above). The moth feeds on horse gentian plants in the woodlands of eastern North America.

Reports like this are a reminder of the unexplored species diversity that exists, not only in distant and exotic locations, but in our own back yards.

National Moth Week: July 20–28

I see that the last full week of this month is National Moth Week in the US – with related events occurring in over 30 countries. What a great idea! Take a look at their website for events in your area, and catch, photograph, or count some of these fascinating, though often ignored, flying insects. Alternatively, plan your own event.