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 become part of the Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory database and will be a source of information about silkmoth species that are thought to be declining in the northeastern U. S.
Sightings form with directions
Single site monitoring form (for previous participants who look for moths at the same site each year)
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.
Dates and Participation
- Active survey period: May 15 – July 30
- Each sighting must be submitted on a sightings form to insure accurate date, location and habitat information
- 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
Click here to see locations of reported sightings and which moths are being seen
Previous years results
Target geographic area
Sightings will be accepted from all of northern New York State. On the map below, ‘northern New York’ would be considered anywhere north of a line from Oswego to Utica to Saratoga Springs.
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.