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We conduct several outreach programmes as part of the Moths of India consortium, as follows:

National Moth Week: About National Moth Week
National Moth Week ( is a Global Citizen Science Event that is organised in the last week of July throughout the world. National Moth Week partners with organizations around the world that focus on moth ecology, distribution and biodiversity.  These include local, national and global groups, both small and large, involved in educational, scientific, and outreach projects in their communities and countries.
National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, during the last entire week of July. NMW offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

National Moth Week 2021
National Moth Week 2021 dates have been announced. Join the program and contribute your images to the Moths of India website at

Why moths?
•Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
•Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
•Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a    pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
•Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
•Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.
Why should we care about moths? 
Moths can be important bio-indicators. A bio-indicator is a species or taxon that tells us about the health of an ecosystem. A greater diversity of moths typically means there is a greater diversity of plant species, which leads to a greater diversity of other species as well. They can help us monitor food plant populations and they are important food sources for many nocturnal and diurnal organisms. They play a crucial role in pollination and are food for many creatures such as bats. 
To know more about National Moth Week in India, write into
Pritha Dey, country coordinator of National Moth Week for India,

Cite this page along with its URL as:

Anonymous. 2022. Outreach. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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