You may not notice moths, except when they‚Äôre fluttering around a porch light on a summer night or swarming around the sweaters in your closet. But these mainly nocturnal butterfly cousins are definitely worth a look!
New Jersey is home to approximately 2,000 moth species, with intriguing names like Beautiful Wood Nymph, Green Marvel and Azalea Sphinx. Some moths are smaller than a pinky fingernail and others are larger than a fist. Wing patterns range from dazzling geometrics to absolute camouflage.
Moths have a new following among nature observers who appreciate their subtle beauty, their role in the food chain ‚Ä¶ and even their potential as a barometer of ecological health.