National Moth Week (NMW) is a global citizen-science project for recording moths. It is held annually for nine days during the last full week and two weekends of July. Usually adult moths are studied during this week, this time however moth caterpillars will also be studied. Our Caterpillar rearing project is part of this initiative.
What are moths? Learn more about these fascinating insects here
Why study Moths?
Moths undergo complete transformation or ‘metamorphosis’ from the early to adult stages. They not only have a physical transformation, their diet, survival instincts, dependency on different senses also change. Growing up to be a moth, every stage of the life cycle is vulnerable to predation, which leads to elaborate methods of defenses that they adopt to deter them. By observing life cycles, students will gain a better insight into mimicry or camouflage in nature. The hostplant database for moths in India is still patchy. Through this initiative, we aim to create an exhaustive database for moth hostplants. Students can learn more about plant-insect interaction, and this programme can facilitate further research in this area, in which there exists a large lacuna in our country.
How to look for a Caterpillar? Find out here
How is the lifecycle of a moth? Find out here
How to identify moth caterpillars from that of butterflies? Check here
Duration: 5 June- 31 August 2022
Location: All India (North, South, East, West)
Who can participate? Class 6,7,8 students from any school and individual students.
What is expected from students? Students will rear moth caterpillars to document their lifehistories. The data need to be uploaded on an external portal.
Are there any prizes to win? Winning school or individual student from each zone will receive their library copy of Field Guide to Indian Moths.
How will be the winners chosen? The highest lifehistory records submitted by any school or individual student will be declared as winner.
How to register?
We are accepting registration forms from schools and individual students. The schools can fill up the form below and submit it alongwith a list of students class wise. Individual students should mention their School name, Class and contact details. Additionally you also need to register at National Moth Week global website so that your schools gets mapped on the globe.
Further details will be shared after registration.
We will be teaching students various safety protocols relating to the project.
Country Coordinator, National Moth Week/Post doctoral fellow, Centre for Ecological Sciences
Founder of DiversityIndia
Founder of iNaturewatch Foundation
Secretary at Nature Mates