3-Mar-2024 – This is the third anniversary of the launch of the Mass Moths website! Thank you to everyone who have supported and helped the project with data and photographs over the past year. Over the last year, 27,000 new records have been added to the database and the Massachusetts species list has increased by 20 (despite some species having also been lost due to synonymization or misidentification).
Last updated: 2-Mar-2024. New species added: “Coleophora cf. kalmiella”. The Coleophora species feeding on Mountain Laurel is considered to be different to that on Sheep Laurel and it is therefore treated here separately. It is probably undescribed.
The Mass Moths project was started in 2015, initially to put together a list of moths occurring in the State of Massachusetts. Since then the project has expanded to include the following aims:
- To prepare and maintain a systematic list of moths known to have occurred in Massachusetts
- To capture all known Massachusetts moth records (historical and current) and place in a curated central database
- To present the summarized data on an openly accessible website
This website is intended to fulfill the third aim of the project. It provides a systematic list of species and individual species pages, providing distribution maps, photos and other species-specific information. A County List is provided in pdf format for downloading.
Everyone is invited to send their Massachusetts Moth data to Mass Moths for entry into the database. Instructions on how to do this can be found on the Community pages.
How many types of moths have been found in Massachusetts? Currently there are 2,965 species of moth on the Massachusetts list, based on the >289,000 records in the Mass Moths database.
The Mass Moths Team:
- Mark Mello
- Steven Whitebread
- Dan Zimberlin
- Tom Murray