We frequently receive queries as to what you—as a citizen and a non-specialist—can do to help this Moths of India citizen science project or moth conservation in general. Below are some thoughts about what you can do.

If you are not an experienced moth-watcher yet but if you have a decent DSLR camera, then contributing your images and other moth observations to this website is one of the most effective things that you can do to help the growth of moth biology, education and conservation.
We will be launching a mobile app later this year (2022)! You could use that to start monitoring and documenting moths in your area, which has tremendous conservation and research value. Please follow the IndianMoths Facebook group for further news on the app when it is launched.

If you are part of a group such as an NGO that could organize any activities, then you could conduct outreach programmes in local schools and colleges, take people on moth-watching sessions, and spread the message of moth conservation. You could also try to work with city officials (e.g., those who are in charge of either public parks or forest lands) to create moth-friendly habitats and plant more biodiversity-friendly/native plants in open spaces. The list of plants on which the caterpillars of Indian moths feed is given here.

If you are a specialist in some ways: a civil engineer, a forest officer, member of a nature NGO, then email us, we can suggest some more things that you can do to help moth conservation, education and outreach.

Everyone can do more, but you can at least start with one of the above suggestions!

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Kunte, K. & Singh, R. 2024. HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO UNDERSTANDING MOTH BIOLOGY, AND HELP CONSERVE THEM? . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.