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Archived Photos of Living Moths

Please see the page on submitting photos (link above at right). Photos that are identified here are retained for later use on pages like this one and on individual species pages. For photos to be usable here they must be capable of cropping and reduction to fit a square 225 x 225 pixels in size. A different size (300 x 225) will be used for some species that normally pose with the wings fully spread.

Photos are preferred of moths oriented head upward rather than at an angle. Normally, four photos, each by a different photographer, will be the limit per species. Exceptions might be made for species where there are many morphs, forms and aberrations. Better photos will replace those not as capable of helping to identify the species. There is no guarantee that a photo, once in the archive, will be retained permanently.

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Epiplemidae - Sphingidae
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
890047.977744.97Hemileuca sp
Hemileuca sp
Canadian National Collection LG

8900557746 – Io Moth – Automeris io
Automeris io
Seth Ausubel LG

Automeris io
Seth Ausubel LG

Automeris io
Machele White

Automeris io
Valerie G. Bugh

Automeris io
Canadian National Collection LG

Automeris io
Alan Chin-Lee
4th or 5th instar
Automeris io
Charles Lewallen

Automeris io
Troy Bartlett

Automeris io
Machele White

Automeris io
Alan Chin-Lee

Automeris io
Richard Crook LG

8900597748Automeris cecrops
Automeris cecrops
Tom Bentley

Automeris cecrops
Tom Bentley

Automeris cecrops
McGuire Center LG

Automeris cecrops
Photo 2019 by Tyger Gilbert LG

8900607749 – Zephyr-eyed Silkmoth – Automeris zephyria
Automeris zephyria
Paul Brophy

8900697756Agapema homogena
Agapema homogena
Margarethe Brummermann LG

8900707757 – Polyphemus Moth – Antheraea polyphemus
Antheraea polyphemus
Canadian National Collection LG

Antheraea polyphemus
Leslie Angel LG

Antheraea polyphemus
Betsy Higgins

Antheraea polyphemus
Stuart Schwartz

Antheraea polyphemus
Martha Reinhardt

Antheraea polyphemus
Seth Ausubel LG

Antheraea polyphemus
Jim Kennedy

Antheraea polyphemus
Lee Ruth
1st instar
Antheraea polyphemus
Leslie Angel LG

Antheraea polyphemus
Jim Kennedy

Antheraea polyphemus
Martha Reinhardt

Antheraea polyphemus
Jason Dombroskie

Antheraea polyphemus
Bob Moul

8900717757.1 – Western Polyphemus Moth – Antheraea oculea
Antheraea oculea
Salvador Vitanza LG
feeding on southern oak leaves
8900727758 – Luna Moth – Actias luna
Actias luna
Betsy Higgins LG

Actias luna
Betsy Higgins LG

Actias luna
Betsy Higgins
5th instar
Actias luna
Stuart Schwartz
5th instar
Actias luna
Stuart Schwartz
varieties
Actias luna
Betsy Higgins
1st instar
Actias luna
McGuire Center LG

Actias luna
Betsy Higgins

Actias luna
McGuire Center LG

Actias luna
Troy Bartlett

8900747759 – Ailanthus Silkmoth – Samia cynthia
Samia cynthia
Janice Stiefel
5th instar
8900767760Rothschildia cinctus
Rothschildia cinctus
David Bygott

Rothschildia cinctus
Evan Rand
3rd instar - 40 mm
Rothschildia cinctus
Evan Rand LG
final instar - 80 mm
8900787763 – Calleta Silkmoth – Eupackardia calleta
Eupackardia calleta
Arlene Ripley

Eupackardia calleta
Evan Rand
3rd instar - 40 mm
8900797764 – Promethea Moth – Callosamia promethea
Callosamia promethea
McGuire Center LG

Callosamia promethea
Betsy Higgins

Callosamia promethea
Jay Cossey

Callosamia promethea
Betsy Higgins

Callosamia promethea
Betsy Higgins

Callosamia promethea
Jason Dombroskie

Callosamia promethea
Stuart Schwartz
2nd instar
Callosamia promethea
Stan Malcolm
1st instar
Callosamia promethea
Stan Malcolm

Callosamia promethea
McGuire Center LG

Callosamia promethea
Betsy Higgins

Callosamia promethea
McGuire Center LG

Callosamia promethea
Jason Dombroskie

Callosamia promethea
Betsy Higgins

Callosamia promethea
Jason Dombroskie

Callosamia promethea
Becka Crook

8900807765 – Tulip-tree Silkmoth – Callosamia angulifera
Callosamia angulifera
McGuire Center LG

Callosamia angulifera
McGuire Center LG

Callosamia angulifera
McGuire Center LG

8900817766 – Sweetbay Silkmoth – Callosamia securifera
Callosamia securifera
Alan Chin-Lee
eggs
8900827767 – Cecropia Moth – Hyalophora cecropia
Hyalophora cecropia
Valerie G. Bugh

Hyalophora cecropia
Betsy Higgins

Hyalophora cecropia
Robin Mcleod

Hyalophora cecropia
Stuart Schwartz
2nd & 3rd instars
Hyalophora cecropia
Stuart Schwartz
4th instar
Hyalophora cecropia
Stuart Schwartz
5th instar
Hyalophora cecropia
Robin Mcleod

Hyalophora cecropia
Anthony W. Thomas

Hyalophora cecropia
Anthony W. Thomas

Hyalophora cecropia
Martha Reinhardt

8900837768 – Columbia Silkmoth – Hyalophora columbia
Hyalophora columbia
Canadian National Collection LG

8900857770 – Ceanothus Silkmoth – Hyalophora euryalus
Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant
4th instar
Hyalophora euryalus
Canadian National Collection LG

Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant
3rd instar
Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant

Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant

Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant

Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant
1st instar
Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant
2nd instar
Hyalophora euryalus
Peter J. Bryant
5th instar
8900877772 – Giant Sphinx Moth – Cocytius antaeus
Cocytius antaeus
Alan Chin-Lee

Cocytius antaeus
Richard Crook LG

8900907775 – Carolina Sphinx Moth – Manduca sexta
Manduca sexta
Troy Mullens [T] LG

Manduca sexta
John Himmelman

Manduca sexta
Martha Reinhardt
originally
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
hatchling
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
early instar
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
middle instar
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
late instar
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
pre pupa
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
pupa molt
Manduca sexta
Peter J. Bryant
pupa
Manduca sexta
Hannah Nendick-Mason

Manduca sexta
Martha Reinhardt

8900917776 – Five-spotted Hawk Moth – Manduca quinquemaculatus
Manduca quinquemaculatus
Valerie G. Bugh

Manduca quinquemaculatus
Bryan Reynolds

Manduca quinquemaculatus
Janice Stiefel

Manduca quinquemaculatus
Canadian National Collection LG

Manduca quinquemaculatus
Janice Stiefel

Manduca quinquemaculatus
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

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