The world is full of moths! Humans have recorded more than 150,000 species of moths. But scientists think there may be as many as 500,000 moth species on Earth. That means there are many more moths to discover!
Today we’re highlighting some fabulous moths that can be found in Mexico.
So far, scientists have documented about 14,500 species of lepidopterans (moths and butterflies) in Mexico. Moth-ers (moth observers) are working hard to find, record, and describe more species. Click the links below to meet some of these amazing moths.
A collection of beautiful moth photographs.
This article includes facts and photographs about 10 cool moth species (with Spanish translation).
Would you like to learn more about moths and maybe even discover a new species?
Moth facts & activities on Mongabay Kids
View moth specimens in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection
Learn about the Mariposas de México, diurnas y nocturnas group
Citation for the number of moths in Mexico:
Llorente-Bousquets, J., I.Vargas-Fernández, A.Luis-Martínez, M.Trujano-Ortega, B. C.Hernández-Mejía, and A. D.Warren. 2014. Biodiversidad de Lepidoptera en México. Rev. Mex. Biodivers. 85: 353–371.