European Moth Nights

EMN 18. European Moth Nights
2021-09-02 - 2021-09-06

The Hungarian Lepidopterological Society, the Entomological Society of Luzern (Switzerland) and Lepidoptera Mundi announce the 18th European Moth Nights for: 2021-09-02 - 2021-09-06.

As in earlier years, the programme has several purposes:
  • Once again, connections and community work deserve prime emphasis. In previous years, this project managed to bring together a large number of European lepidopterists, conservationists, hikers, and many other people with an interest in a few days of wide-scale cooperation. We are convinced that this is not a superfluous activity, as it strengthens unity and mutual understanding, while also offering an insight into the lepidopteran fauna of different countries and local methods of collecting.
  • We wish to present a wide-ranging snapshot of the macro-moths flying in a given period of time, with particular attention to species possibly or currently needing protection and those traditionally considered as migratory species.
  • The data and the results obtained as well as their evaluation are to be made available to the general public. It is important to emphasize that we publish all the results of the programme; we don't just gather data.
Important: Participants are reminded that they have at their disposal 5 nights for the purposes of observation. This is mainly because we don't want bad weather or personal duties to stand in the way of the programme. But if you can and feel like it, you can collect records either at the same place over 5 nights or at 5 different places in the same period.
Regarding the technical aspects of the 18th European Moth Nights, please follow the instructions below about sending data and tables in order to make summarizing and systematisation easier.
  1. The easiest way to participate is by adding sightings directly to the recording module. All the information relating to the families valid for EMN that fit into the relevant EMN time period are automatically added to the European Moth Nights module. You don't have to do anything more.
    If you don't have an account here, please fill in this form. If you don't, won't or can't create an account on Lepidoptera Mundi, you can download an Excel template, fill it in at home and then send it back by post or email it to one of the following addresses:
    dr Iwona Slowinska
    Departament of Invertebrate Zoology And Hydrobiology
    University of Lodz
    ul. Banacha 12/16
    90-237 Łódź
    dr Ladislaus Rezbanyai-Reser
    Entomological Society of Luzern

    Kasernenplatz 6
    CH-6003 Luzern
    In the different countries or groups of countries we have special representatives – “EMN Ambassadors” – assisting with our work. Their names and addresses can be found here.
    . It is their accepted duty to coordinate the project in their own territory, to sort and verify the data received, and to forward them to the EMN-HQ. Consequently, all data, questions and suggestions can also be sent to the territorial ambassadors.
  2. The table should include the following data (the categories in bold must be filled in):
    • Observer's name, postal and e-mail address.
    • Family, genus, species name (use of the checklist of KARSHOLT & RAZOWSKI 1996 or LERAUT 1997 is advised) In the course of our project, we have to confine ourselves to macro-moths (Macroheterocera) in the traditional sense of the term, therefore also including the families Hepialidae, Cossidae, Limacodidae and Psychidae. The justification for this can be found in the Evaluation of the 1st EMN.
    • Country, region, locality, exact location, elevation above sea level, date and method of collecting (type and performance of lamp, type of trap or bait if any and length of observation).
    • Frequency of species (in the form of approximate data by use of the categories found in the invitation or that of exact figures).
Once again, it is necessary to stress two very important conditions regarding the realization of the programme:
  • On the one hand, for the accuracy and authenticity of the summary, only data on reliably identified specimens are expected. If you are uncertain regarding your identification of a specimen, ask for help from a professional or don't send the data at all!
  • Another important condition is the full respect of the requirements of nature conservancy; hence, please do not collect specimens of protected species or disturb natural habitats.
In the realization of the project, we are counting especially on the participation of entomological, mostly lepidopterological societies, groups, conservationists, hiking organizations and individuals who, like us, believe that with the help of the data they provide, they can increase our knowledge regarding this uniquely wonderful group of animals, reveal their habitats and ensure their appreciation and protection.

Please inform as many people as possible of this project and make the activity of all participants – collectors and observers by lamp alike – accessible to others, including schoolchildren, nature lovers and all those interested. The work of organizing the publicity of this activity is left to the participants themselves.
Let us use the opportunity of this event to once again call public attention to the wonderful world of moths as well as to the fact that under the current conditions of civilization, moths are in many places in need of man's well-considered protection.

The planned date for the next, 0th edition of European Moth Nights is: 2016-12-31 - 2016-12-31