3-Mar-2022 – This is the second 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, 33,000 new records have been added to the database and 23 new species have been added to the Massachusetts List.
Last updated: 19-Mar-2023. Three new species added: Periploca nigra, Geina sheppardi (tentative) and Sphenarches ontario. Records of all Geina species have been updated. 20-Mar-2023: One more species added: Cucullia alfarata.
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 2,950 species of moth on the Massachusetts list, based on the >262,000 records in the Mass Moths database.
The Mass Moths Team:
- Mark Mello
- Steven Whitebread
- Dan Zimberlin
- Tom Murray