2nd Expedition of Spectacular Underwing Moths

We have a new expedition of Spectacular Underwing Moths! There are many new species of strikingly beautiful moths that were not in the first expedition. The goal of the project is to look at the distribution of underwing moths over the last 100 + years. These are data needed to understand how distributions might have changed over time, and we can only know by transcribing specimen labels that are pinned to each specimen from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center.

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Photo by Larry Reeves

It’s important to remember that you will be looking at two images per moth, dorsal and ventral (upper and under side). The reason for this is because there has been important information on the back of labels. So be sure to check both images! While checking both images, look at the amazing patterns and colors of the moth! Most people think that moths are drab, but some, like underwings, are beautiful! Obtaining these data from both sides of the label is very important for research and conservation of these beautiful moths, so please help!

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