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Australia is home to more than 22,000 species of butterflies and moths, of which about half have been named. We use a name to communicate our knowledge of moths.

Collecting and describing our fauna and flora contributes to our understanding of biodiversity, and supports research in evolutionary biology, ecology, biosecurity and natural resource management.

Today we're launching a private foundation to support research into Australian moths and butterflies, and the curation of moths and butterflies at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection. The fund will support curation, visitors, students, field work and describing new species.

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