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North Carolina Moth Project

The North Carolina Moth Project  is a citizen science project by Backyard Butterflies, a nonprofit organization based in Hillsborough, NC. The NC Moth Project is an umbrella project that includes the North Carolina Under-reported County Mothing Project (NCUCMP), a state-wide citizen science project that provides an incredible opportunity for anyone who loves moths to participate in a large-scale, multi-year survey.

The NC Moth Project focuses on specific moth education, community outreach, and citizen science activities such as moth nights and NCUCMP surveys. Participants of NC Moth Project events will learn the basics of light trapping moths, photography techniques, and how to make preliminary identifications using iNaturalist, online resources, and traditional printed field guides.

Moths are an essential part of multiple ecosystems. The importance of surveying moths is vital to increase awareness and understanding of moth populations, ranges, and how to support their life cycles by providing abundant host trees and plants in one’s backyard or property.

The NC Moth Project, NCUCMP, and the parent organization Backyard Butterflies supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.  All NC Moth Project, NCUCMP, and Backyard Butterflies activities, events, and programs are safe and welcoming spaces for all people. We encourage all identities, orientations, races,  and abilities to participate.

News & Announcements

Congratulations to the Hillsborough Moth Crawl iNaturalist Contest Winners!

The Hillsborough Moth Crawl iNaturalist Project Contest was joined by 30 members. A total of 1,018 observations were made by 23 observers during the 3 hours of the event. The Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth was the most observed species of the night with a total of 31 observations. The total number of species observed for the project was 245, which includes all insects and arachnids seen during the night.

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Moth Night

Join us for the 6th Annual Moth Night at Backyard Butterflies as we celebrate National Moth Week!

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20 July 2024
Backyard Butterflies, 1507 US Hwy 70A East
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States
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Upcoming Surveys

Date: 07/21/2024 – 07/23/2024
Location: Mocksville, Davie County
Date: 07/29/2024 – 07/31/2024
Location: Lewisville, Forsyth County
Date: 08/12/2024 – 08/14/2024
Location: Merritt, Pamlico County

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