Project Silkmoth is a volunteer-based survey documenting the presence of Giant Silkmoths (family Saturniidae) in northern New York State. Sightings will be incorporated into
a database and used to create occurrence maps for each species.
The database will be a source of information about silkmoth species that are thought to be declining in the northeastern U. S.
Dates and Participation
- Active survey period: May 15 – July 30
- Photos of any silkmoth are encouraged but will be required for certain species
- Sightings forms from the active survey period will be accepted through October 1
Where to find these moths
The Moth Map - see this year's sightings
Support the project
- Project Brochure PDF
- Project Flyer for posting
- Make a donation - A credit card can be used to give a donation through the Paul Smith's College giving page. Simply enter the dollar amount you want to give,
then under 'designation' click 'other' and type in 'Project Silkmoth'. Your contribution is tax deductible and will be used to cover the cost of brochures and maintenance of the website.
Moth field guides
The new "Peterson Field Guide to Moths" has photos of adults of all 12 species. More information about this book by D. Beadle and S. Leckie can be found here.
Photos of adults of all 12 species can be found in “Caterpillars of Eastern North America” by D. Wagner.
The “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders” (Milne & Milne) has photos of all but the following 4 species; Columbia, Tuliptree and the two Oakworms.
The “Peterson Field Guide to Insects: America north of Mexico” (Borror & White) has color drawings of Polyphemus, Cecropia, Luna, Io and Regal moths.