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 add some IDs to other people's observations if you have a few moments.

Posted by dkaposi dkaposi, August 01, 2020 17:48

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