I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. We have great news for 2023!! Through the Watchable Wildlife Program, Nebraska Game and Parks has funded an expansion of our Nebraska Lepidoptera website that will enable us to cover species from three of the more conspicuous and/or identifiable moth groups found in our state. These groups are the Families Sphingidae (Sphinx, Hawk or Hummingbird Moths), and Saturnidae (Silkworm Moths) and the Underwing moths (Genus Catocala in the Erebidae Family). Joining Jonathan Nikkila and myself (Neil Dankert) in this endeavor is Steve Spomer from the Entomology Department at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While I have focused on butterfly distributions over the years Steve has been compiling records for Sphinx and Underwing Moths. Without his collaboration inclusion of these unique moth groups would not have been possible.
We think that the addition of these moth groups will add to viewers enjoyment of our Lepidoptera fauna and increase opportunities for participation in citizen science. Additional posts about these moth groups will be coming in the near future. Stay tuned.