Moths: beautiful, colorful, fantastic!

Did you know there are more than 150,000 known species of moths. And scientists think there are many more left to discover. There may be as many as 500,000 moth species in total.

Let’s meet some of the beautiful moths of Tennessee, USA, with the help of expert moth-er and photographer Ken Childs.

Moths of Tennessee, USA:

Harriss three-spot (Harrisimemna trisignata)
Haploa clymene
Nerice bidentata
Darapsa versicolor
Spiny oakworm moth (Anisota stigma)
Showy emerald (Dichorda iridaria)
Ironweed root moth (Polygrammodes flavidalis)
Colomychus talis
Psychedelic Jones (Thaumatographa jonesi)
Epicallima argenticinctella

All images courtesy of Ken Childs, National Moth Week team member.

You can become a moth-er, too!

With so many moths left to discover, maybe you can find a moth species new to science! This Moth Week, join a mothing event and get busy learning about these beautiful insects. Visit for more information.

Feeling inspired? Color in your very own moths:

Click on the coloring book to download and print it: