About the Ontario Moth Atlas

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The Ontario Moth Atlas is a project of the Toronto Entomologists' Association. The atlas currently covers 192 species from 6 of the best-known families: Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Lasiocampidae, Erebidae and Apatelodidae. As data accumulates, the list of species will exapnd until all of the approximately 3,300 moth species found in Ontario are included.


The atlas presently includes 38,000 records. We are always looking for more records. Post records for inclusion on iNaturalist.ca or, for large batches, email the TEA. The last update of the atlas was in September 2019.


The atlas started in March 2017 with just 2,500 records. Until fall 2019, the atlas was based on the Google Fusion Tables API. However, Google plans to cease provision of this software in December 2019, and so the atlas is now based on Google Maps API. This new atlas incorporates all of the functionality of the previous atlas, and more.


Most atlas data comes from iNaturalist records. However, there is some data from Chris Schmidt of Agriculture Canada, the BOLD (Barcode of Life Datasystems) project of the University of Guelph, and from other records submitted directly to the TEA. Data from all TEA seasonal summaries since 1969 is also included. The atlas is updated at least three times a year.


We thank Bird Studies Canada for providing the shape files defining the 10,747 10 km squares shown on these maps. The shape files for counties and parks are from Ontario's Land Information Office and contain information licenced under the Open Government Licence - Ontario.


The other TEA insect atlases are the Ontario Butterfly Atlas, Maritimes Butterfly Atlas, and the Prairie Provinces Butterfly Atlas.



There will be inevitably be some errors or questionable observations, and we would like to know about this. We also welcome any questions about the atlas or suggestions for improving it. Contact the TEA (Alan Macnaughton, info@ontarioinsects.org).


In publications or other research use of this data, use the following citation: David Kaposi, Alan Macnaughton and Bev Edwards. Ontario Moth Atlas (Supply date accessed here).