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What a pace!

Who knew mothing would become so popular? July is generally the peak month for moth observations in Ontario and there were a record 46,288 observations added to the Moths of Ontario project in July. To put that in perspective, the number of monthly observations in July for each of the last 3 years was (rounded):
July 2017 - 3,700
July 2018 - 11,000
July 2019 - 24,400

So records basically tripled from 2017 to 2018, then more than doubled in 2019, and have almost doubled again in 2020. Phenomenal.

National Moth Week also appears to be a success with 16,300 records so far, averaging 2,000+ per day. I suspect that more observations will be added over time if others, like me, still have photos to post from that week.

One by-product of the massive increase in records is that it may take some time for your observations to be confirmed. Remember, this is a volunteer, peer-resourced site, so please take a little time to 'pay it forward' and ...more ↓

Posted on August 01, 2020 17:48 by dkaposi dkaposi | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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This project collects observations of moths in Ontario for the the Toronto Entomologists' Association. The TEA has been collecting observations in the province since 1970 and recently launched the Ontario Moth Atlas of moth phenology and distribution. ...more ↓

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