July 20th - July 28th
National Moth Week serves to educate children and adults about moths, fascinating winged cousins to butterflies who primarily come out after the sun sets. The event celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.
Moths and butterflies are quite similar, but there are some "rules" that help people tell them apart. Keep in mind that not all species of moth or butterfly live by these rules, however. Generally moths rest with their wings open while butterflies keep them closed and upright. Moths have feathered or saw-edged antennae, and butterfly antennae are long-shafted with clubs at the end. Butterflies tend to be dinural (flitting around during the day) while moths predominantly are nocturnal.