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Moths and Moth watching in the Kingston Region

Moths are a fascinating group of insects that are gaining in popularity with naturalists across North America. This is at least partially thanks to an increase in resources, both online and in print, that bring identification out of the realm of professional entomologists.

Moths and their caterpillars literally come in all sorts of colours and shapes and the diversity (~3000 species in Ontario) means it takes a very long time before you run out of new species.

Observing moths

Moths and their caterpillars are all around us, and you don't need much effort to start to find them. Some species are active by day and are best found by watching flowers that are in bloom, just like you would if you were looking for butterflies. However, many species are nocturnal and there are a few ways to entice them out and increase the number of moths you are seeing.

Moth Checklists and Reporting Forms

There are about 3000 species of moths on this Ontario checklist compiled by Mike Burrell and a reasonable guess would suggest that at least 2/3 of those species should occur within the Kingston Study Area with our varied habitats. We have our work cut out for us!

Please help contribute to our knowledge of moths within the Kingston Study Area by submitting your observations:


There are many excellent resources to help you learn about moths and how to study them. We recommend the following: