Every year since 1997 Matthew Barnes has made extended moth-collecting expeditions to Belize in an effort to establish - with the help of various fellow Belize moth enthusiasts and specialists (see acknowledgements) - a preliminary inventory of Belizean moths. New moth species have been recorded on every expedition to date and will, we hope, continue to be recorded in the years to come - limited resources permitting. Although the total number of species in a given area can never be known exactly, work to date suggests that of the order of 1,500 species of moth may be present in Belize.
Although more than one in every ten animal species on earth is a moth, and
the general biodiversity
of the new world tropics is
incredibly high, there are very few
publications on the moths and other insects of the
generally - especially colour identification guides. It is hoped that this and similar internet
catalogues (see links) may help to stimulate interest
in the biodiversity of moths and other
insects not merely of Belize but
of other parts of central
and south America as well.