Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people try to ignore, or consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people try to ignore, or consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

Moths

A Field Guide to

Hodges # 7649 - 11233

 



7649-7703 : Epiplemidae - Lasiocampidae                            (4)

  1. -Spotted  Apatelodes - Hodges #7663 (Apatelodes torrefacta)

  2. -Dot-lined White - Hodges #7683 (Artace cribraria)

  3. -American Lappet Moth - Hodges #7687 (Phyllodesma americana)

  4. -Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #7698 (Malacosoma disstria)


7704-7770 : Saturniidae                                                      (5)

  1. -Imperial Moth - Hodges #7704 (Eacles imperialis)

  2. -Rosy Maple Moth - Hodges #7715 (Dryocampa rubicunda)

  3. -Io Moth - Hodges #7746 (Automeris io)

  4. -Luna Moth - Hodges#7758 (Actias luna)

  5. -Cecropia Moth - Hodges #7767 (Hyalophora cecropia)


7771-7894 : Sphingidae                                                      (8)

  1. -Carolina Sphinx - Hodges #7775 (Manduca sexta)

  2. -Catalpa Sphinx - Hodges #7789 (Ceratomia catalpae)

  3. -Walnut Sphinx - Hodges#7827 (Amorpha juglandis)

  4. -Blinded Sphinx - Hodges #7824 (Paonias excaecata)

  5. -Hummingbird Clearwing - Hodges #7853 (Hemaris thysbe)

  6. -Snowberry Clearwing Hodges #7855 (Hamaris diffins)

  7. -Virginia Creeper Sphinx - Hodges #7885 (Darapsa myron)

  8. -Azalea Sphinx - Hodges #7886 (Darapsa choerilus)


7895-8032 : Notodontidae                                                 (12)

  1. -White-dotted Prominent - Hodges #7915 (Nadata gibbosa)

  2. -Georgian Prominent - Hodges #7917 (Hyperaeschra georgica)

  3. -Chocolate Prominent - Hodges #7921 (Peridea ferruginea)

  4. -Common Gluphisia - Hodges #7931 (Gluphisia septentrionis)

  5. -White Furcula Moth - Hodges #7936 (Furcula borealis)

  6. -Oblique Heterocampa - Hodges #7983 (Heterocampa obliqua)

  7. -Saddled Prominent - Hodges#7994 (Heterocampa guttivitta)

  8. -Wavy-Lined Heterocampa - Hodges #7995 (Heterocampa biundata)

  9. -Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #7998 Lochmaeus manteo)

  10. -Red-humped Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #8010 (Schizura concinna)

  11. -Black-blotched Schizura - Hodges #8011 (Schizura leptinoides)

  12. -White-streaked Prominent - Hodges #8017 Oligocentria lignicolor)


8033-8288 : Arctiidae                                                       (15)

  1. -Pale Lichen Moth - Hodges #8045.1 (Crambidia pallida)

  2. -Yellow-headed Lichen Moth Hodges #8053 Crambidia cephalica)

  3. -Cisthene faustinula - Hodges #8064 (Cisthene faustinula)

  4. -Lead-colored Lichen Moth - Hodges #8067 (Cisthene plumbea)

  5. -Packard's Lichen Moth - Hodges #8072 (Cisthene packardii)

  6. -Cadbury's Lichen Moth - Hodges# 8104 (Comachara cadburyi)

  7. -Clymene Moth - Hodges #8107 (Haploa clymene)

  8. -Isabella Tiger Moth - Hodges #8129 (Pyrrharctia isabella)

  9. -Agreeable Tiger Moth - Hodges #8134 (Spilosoma congrua)

  10. -Giant Leopard Moth - Hodges #8146 (Hypercompe scribonia)

  11. -Harnessed Tiger Moth - Hodges#8169 (Apantesis phalerata)

  12. -Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges#8170 (Apantesis vittata)

  13. -Banded Tussock Moth - Hodges #8203 (Halysidota tessellaris)

  14. -Delicate Cycnia - Hodges #8230 (Cycnia tenera)

  15. -Yellow-collared Scape Moth - Hodges #8267 (Cisseps fulvicollis)


8289-8321 : Lymantriidae                                                   (3)

  1. -White-marked Tussock Moth - Hodges #8316 (Orgyia leucostigma)

  2. -Gypsy Moth - Hodges#8318 (Lymantria dispar)

  3. -Satin Moth - Hodges #8319 (Leucoma salicis)


8322-8489 : Noctuidae : Herminiinae - Rivulinae - Hypeninae    (20)

  1. -American Idia - Hodges #8322 (Idia americalis)

  2. -Common Idia - Hodges #8323 (Idia aemula)

  3. -Rotund Idia Moth - Hodges #8326 (Idia rotundalis)

  4. -Glossy Black Idia - Hodges #8334 (Idia lubricalis)

  5. -Dark Zanclognatha - Hodges #8347 (Zanclognatha obscuripennis)

  6. -Dark-banded Owlet - Hodges #8338 (Phalaenophana pyramusalis)

  7. -Morbid Owlet - Hodges #8355 (Chytolita morbidalis)

  8. -Smoky Tetanolita - Hodges #8366 (Tetanolita mynesalis)

  9. -Florida Tetanolita - Hodges #8368 (Tetanolita floridana)

  10. -Bent-winged Owlet - Hodges#8370 (Bleptina caradrinalis)

  11. -Chocolate Renia Moth - Hodges #8380 (Renia nemoralis)

  12. -Discolored Renia Moth - Hodges #8381 (Renia discoloralis)

  13. -Ambiguous Moth - Hodges #8393 (Lascoria ambigualis)

  14. -Dark-spotted Palthis - Hodges #8397 (Palthis angulalis)

  15. -Faint-spotted Palthis - Hodges #8398 (Palthis asopialis)

  16. -Spotted Grass Moth - Hodges #8404 (Rivula propinqualis)

  17. -Baltimore Bomolocha - Hodges #8442 (Hypena baltimoralis)

  18. -Gray-edged Bomolocha - Hodges #8447 (Hypena madefactalis)

  19. -Green Cloverworm Moth - Hodges #8465 (Hypena scabra)

  20. -Six-spotted Gray - Hodges #8479 (Spargaloma sexpunctata)


8490-8769 - Noctuidae : Catocalinae - Less Catocala               (14)

  1. -Common Fungus Moth - Hodges #8499 (Metalectra discalis)

  2. -Hibiscus Leaf Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #8547 (Anomis privata)

  3. -Red-lined Panopoda - Hodges #8587 (Panopoda rufimargo)

  4. -Common Oak Moth - Hodges #8591 (Phoberia atomaris)

  5. -Lunate Zale - Hodges #8689 (Zale lunata)

  6. -Green-dusted Zale - Hodges #8694 (Zale aeruginosa)

  7. -Black Zale - Hodges #8695 (Zale undularis)

  8. -One-lined Zale - Hodges #8716 (Zale unilineata)

  9. -Brown-spotted Zale - Hodges #8704 (Zale helata)

  10. -Horrid Zale - Hodges #8717 (Zale horrida)

  11. -Locust Underwing - Hodges #8719 (Euparthenos nubilis)

  12. -Maple Looper Moth - Hodges #8727 (Parallelia bistriaris)

  13. -Clover Looper - Hodges #8738 (Caenurgina crassiuscula)

  14. -Forage Looper - Hodges#8739 (Caenurgina erechtea)


8770-8879 : Noctuidae : Catocalinae - Catocala                        (8)

  1. -Widow Underwing - Hodges #8792 (Catocala vidua)

  2. -Oldwife Underwing - Hodges #8795 (Catocala palaeogama)

  3. -Ilia Underwing - Hodges #8801  Catocala ilia)

  4. -Graceful Underwing - Hodges#8847 (Catocala gracilis)

  5. -Gloomy Underwing - Hodges #8849 (Catocala andromedae)

  6. -Ultronia Underwing - Hodges #8857 (Catocala ultronia)

  7. -Little Underwing - Hodges #8874 (Catocala minuta)

  8. -Little Lined Underwing - Hodges #8878.1 (Catocala lineella)


8880-8998 - Noctuidae : Plusiinae - Nolinae                          (11)

  1. -Soybean Looper - Hodges #8890 (Pseudoplusia includens)

  2. -Unspotted Looper Moth - Hodges #8898 (Allagrapha aerea)

  3. -Common Looper Moth - Hodges #8908 (Autographa precationis)

  4. -Two-spotted Looper - Hodges #8911 (Autographa bimaculata)

  5. -Celery Looper - Hodges#8924 (Anagrapha falcifera)

  6. -Eyed Paectes - Hodges #8957 (Paectes oculatrix)

  7. -Large Paectes - Hodges #8962 (Paectes abrostoloides)

  8. -Three-spotted Nola Moth - Hodges #8992 (Nola triquetrana)

  9. -Sweet Pepperbush Nola Moth - Hodges #8996 (Nola clethrae)

  10. -Blurry-patched Nola Moth - Hodges #8990 (Nola cilicoides)

  11. -Coastal Plain Meganola Moth - Hodges #8983.1 (Meganola phylla)


8999-9198 : Noctuidae : Acontiinae - Pantheinae                    (12)

  1. -Black-bordered Lemon Moth - Hodges #9044 (Marimatha nigrofimbria)

  2. -Large Mossy "Lithacodia" - Hodges #9047 (Protodeltote muscosula)

  3. -Small Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges #9051 (Lithacodia musta)

  4. -Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia - Hodges #9053 (Pseudeustrotia carneola)

  5. -Black Wedge-Spot - Hodges #9057 (Homophoberia apicosa)

  6. -Tufted Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges #9062 (Cerma cerintha)

  7. -Green Leuconycta - Hodges #9065 (Leuconycta diphteroides)

  8. -Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9090 (Ponometia candefacta)

  9. -Small Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges #9095 (Ponometia erastrioides)

  10. -Common Spragueia - Hodges #9127 (Spragueia leo)

  11. -Yellowhorn - Hodges #9184 (Colocasia flavicornis)

  12. -The Laugher - Hodges #9189 (Charadra deridens)


9199-9324 : Noctuidae : Acronictinae - Agaristinae                  (10)

  1. -American Dagger Moth - Hodges#9200 (Acronicta americana)

  2. -Birch Dagger Moth - Hodges #9208 (Acronicta betulae)

  3. -Radcliffe's Dagger Moth - Hodges #9209 (Acronicta radcliffei)

  4. -Speared Dagger Moth - Hodges #9229 (Acronicta hasta)

  5. -Ovate Dagger - Hodges #9243 (Acronicta ovata)

  6. -Streaked Dagger  - Hodges #9266 (Acronicta lithospila)

  7. -The Hebrew - Hodges #9285 (Polygrammate hebraeicum)

  8. -Pearly Wood-Nymph - Hodges #9299 (Eudryas unio)

  9. -Yellow Three-Spot - Hodges #9373 (Apamea helva)

  10. -Green Marvel - Hodges #9281 (Agriopodes fallax)


9325-9872 : Noctuidae : Amphipyrinae                                 (20)

  1. -Black-banded Brocade - Hodges #9404 (Oligia modica)

  2. -Iris Borer - Hodges #9452 (Macronoctua onusta)

  3. -Pickerelweed Borer Moth - Hodges #9526 (Bellura densa)

  4. -American Angle Shades - Hodges #9545 (Euplexia benesimilis)

  5. -Cloaked Marvel - Hodges #9556 (Chytonix palliatricula)

  6. -Gray Half-Spot - Hodges #9582 Nedra ramosula)

  7. -Turbulent Phosphila - Hodges #9618 (Phosphila turbulenta)

  8. -Pink-Shaded Fern Moth - Hodge s#9631 (Callopistria mollissima)

  9. -Silver-spotted Fern Moth - Hodges #9633 (Callopistria cordata)

  10. -Copper Underwing - Hodges #9638 (Amphipyra pyramidoides)

  11. -The Slowpoke - Hodges #9650 (Anorthodes tarda)

  12. -Three-lined Balsa - Hodges #9663 (Balsa tristrigella)

  13. -Fall Armyworm Moth - Hodges #9666 (Spodoptera frugiperda)

  14. -Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth - Hodges #9669 (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

  15. -Variegated Midget - Hodges #9678 (Elaphria versicolor)

  16. -Pale-winged Midget - Hodges #9681.1 (Elaphria alapallida)

  17. -Grateful Midget - Hodges #9684 (Elaphria grata)

  18. -The Wedgeling - Hodges #9688 (Galgula partita)

  19. -Dusky Groundling - Hodges #9696 (Condica vecors)

  20. -American Dun-bar Moth - Hodges #9815 (Cosmia calami)

9873-10217 : Noctuidae : Cucillinae                                     (11)

  1. -Bethune's Pinion - Hodges#9887 (Lithophane bethunei)

  2. -Wanton Pinion - Hodges #9889 (Lithophane petulca)

  3. -Mustard Sallow - Hodges #9929 (Pyreferra hesperidago)

  4. -Straight-toothed Sallow Moth, Hodges #9933 - Eupsilia vinulenta

  5. -Morrison's Sallow Moth, Hodges #9936 - Eupsilia morrisoni

  6. -Variable Sallow - Hodges #9941 (Sericaglaea signata)

  7. -Roadside Sallow Moth - Hodges #9944 (Metaxaglaea viatica)

  8. -Scalloped Sallow - Hodges #9952 (Eucirroedia pampina)

  9. -Bicolored Sallow - Hodges #9957 (Sunira bicolorago)

  10. -Roland's Sallow - Hodges #10014 (Psaphida rolandi)

  11. -Goldenrod Hooded Owlet - Hodges #10200 (Cucullia asteroides)


10218-10640 : Noctuidae : Hadeninae                                  (12)

  1. -Bristly Cutworm - Hodges #10397 (Lacinipolia renigera)

  2. -Explicit Arches - Hodges #10413 (Lacinipolia explicata)

  3. -Lesser Wainscot - Hodges #10436 (Mythimna oxygala)

  4. -Armyworm - Hodges #10438 (Mythimna unipuncta) 

  5. -Unarmed Wainscot - Hodges# 10459 (Leucania inermis)

  6. -Ruby Quaker - Hodges #10487 (Orthosia rubescens)

  7. -Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth - Hodges #10495 (Orthosia hibisci)

  8. -Intractable Quaker - Hodges #10502 (Himella fidelis)

  9. -Confused Woodgrain - Hodges #10521 (Morrisonia confusa)

  10. -Bronzed Cutworm - Hodges# 10524 (Nephelodes minians)

  11. -Alternate Woodling - Hodges #10517 (Egira alternans)

  12. -Distinct Quaker - Hodges #10518 (Achatia distincta)


10641-11054 : Noctuidae : Noctuinae                                   (12)

  1. -Venerable Dart - Hodges #10651 Agrotis venerabilis)

  2. -Ipsilon Dart - Hodges #10663 (Agrotis ipsilon)

  3. -Subgothic Dart - Hodges #10674 (Feltia subgothica)

  4. -Master's Dart - Hodges #10676 (Feltia herilis)

  5. -Flame-shouldered Dart - Hodges #10891 (Ochropleura implecta)

  6. -Snowy Dart - Hodges #10903 (Anicla illapsa)

  7. -Green Cutworm Moth - Hodges #10911 (Anicla infecta)

  8. -Setaceous Hebrew Character - Hodges #10942 (Xestia c-nigrum)

  9. -Greater Black-letter Dart  - Hodges#10942.1  (Xestia dolosa)

  10. -Pale-banded Dart - Hodges #10955 (Agnorisma badinodis)

  11. -Reddish Speckled Dart - Hodges #10994 (Cerastis tenebrifera)

  12. -Large Yellow Underwing - Hodges #11003.1 (Noctua pronuba)

  13. -

11055-11212 : Noctuidae : Heliothinae                                  (7)

  1. -Arcigera Flower Moth - Hodge s #11128 (Schinia arcigera)

  2. -Greater Red Dart - Hodges #11029 (Abagrotis alternata)

  3. -Ragweed Flower Moth - Hodges #11135 (Schinia rivulosa)

  4. -Three-lined Flower Moth - Hodges#11149 (Schinia trifascia)

  5. -Corn Earworm Moth - Hodges #11068 (Helicoverpa zea)

  6. -Tobacco Budworm Moth - Hodges #11071 (Heliothis virescens)

  7. -Goldenrod Flower Moth - Hodges #11177 (Schinia nundina)


11213-11233 : Noctuidae : Grotellin                        (0)



There are multiple photos of some species (below) as these moths may be highly variable in appearance.

A number after the species name in the photos will indicate that there is more than one image of that particular species.

Also be aware that different lighting conditions (outdoor bulbs, flash, daylight) can change colors subtly or dramatically.

Note: Photos are NOT to scale.

Helpful information that can make differentiating butterflies from moths a little easier.


Butterfly:          Balled antenna ends  

                                                                 "Sugar scoop" antennae end-Skipper (a type of butterfly)

Moth:                             Simple or complex ends (complex refers to the ‘feathery’ antennae of males.

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2009-20174.

Total # of species

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The number of photos displayed below is greater than the number of species identified (list-below and on the left) as many moths are shown in several forms to facilitate identification.

Antenna illustration source:  BioKids-University of Michigan

Graphic with permission from Bill Oehlke. See Moth Resources (above) for more of Bill’s wonderful web site.

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