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  • NJ A561
  • Designates Io moth as State Moth.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would designate the Io moth as the New Jersey State Moth. The Io moth, which is native to New Jersey, is one of the most recognizable and visually striking moths in North America. Though they vary in color from reddish brown to bright yellow, all Io moths are characterized by large black and white eyespots in the middle of their hindwings, which the moths use to ward off predators. Io moths can be spotted in farms, forests, gardens, and urban areas throughout the State on native plants such as hackberry, willow, redbud, currant, blackberry, and pear. They are generally considered nondestructive to crops, and play an important role in the ecosystem by serving as a food source to birds, mammals, spiders, and insects. Although moths typically have a reputation for being pests, only a small percentage cause trouble to humans, and most serve important ecosystem functions such as pollination. In addition, moths, like butterflies, are an important indicator species, meaning their numbers can give us vital clues to changes in our environment, such as the effects of new farming practices, air pollution, and climate change. However, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, over the past 40 years, the number of moth species has declined globally, warranting increased attention to these often-overlooked insects. By designating a State Moth, New Jersey recognizes the vital role played by moths in the health of our ecosystem, and hopes to promote further interest in, and research of, moths.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
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