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You can call them “insects, spiders and their relatives,” or you can call them “bugs” and incur the wrath of those who point out that the only true bugs are hemipteran insects like stinkbugs and cicadas. No matter what you call them, they’re fascinating and critically important. And you can help scientists who study bugs by volunteering with these citizen science projects.
A spurge hawkmoth seen in Switzerland. (Credit: Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia Commons)
Help tally these moth and butterfly babies as they gorge on greenery this fall, gaining the strength to spin their cocoons and chrysalides. Your data will help the scientists at Caterpillars Count! understand how the abundance of these bugs varies from rural countrysides to major urban areas, and from coast to coast.