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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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Noctuidae (2)
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
9323709406 – Broken-lined Brocade – Mesapamea fractilinea
Mesapamea fractilinea
© Canadian National Collection LG

Mesapamea fractilinea
© Canadian National Collection LG

Mesapamea fractilinea
© Canadian National Collection LG

9326999419 – Adorable Brocade – "Platypolia" mactata

© Canadian National Collection LG


© Canadian National Collection LG


© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG


© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG


© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG


© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9326959420 – Wandering Brocade – Fishia illocata
Fishia illocata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Fishia illocata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Fishia illocata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9326259431Parastichtis suspecta
Parastichtis suspecta
© Canadian National Collection LG

9324429452 – Iris Borer – Macronoctua onusta
Macronoctua onusta
© Canadian National Collection LG

Macronoctua onusta
© Canadian National Collection LG

9323589454 – Veiled Ear Moth – Loscopia velata
Loscopia velata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Loscopia velata
© Jason Dombroskie

Loscopia velata
© Jason Dombroskie

Loscopia velata
© Jason Dombroskie

Loscopia velata
© Jason Dombroskie

Loscopia velata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Loscopia velata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Loscopia velata
© Jane & John Balaban LG
on Carex
Loscopia velata
© Jane & John Balaban LG
on Carex squarrosa
Loscopia velata
© Tom Bentley LG

Loscopia velata
© Tom Bentley LG

9324889478 – Columbine Borer – Papaipema leucostigma
Papaipema leucostigma
© Jason Dombroskie

Papaipema leucostigma
© Jason Dombroskie

Papaipema leucostigma
© Jason Dombroskie

9324449520 – Elder Shoot Borer – Achatodes zeae
Achatodes zeae
© Canadian National Collection LG

9325139523 – White-tailed Diver Moth – Bellura gortynoides
Bellura gortynoides
© McGuire Center LG

9325189526 – Pickerelweed Borer – Bellura densa
Bellura densa
© McGuire Center LG

9326289529Aseptis perfumosa
Aseptis perfumosa
© Moria Robinson LG
on Adenostoma fasciculatum
Aseptis perfumosa
© Moria Robinson LG
on Adenostoma fasciculatum
Aseptis perfumosa
© Moria Robinson LG
on Adenostoma fasciculatum
Aseptis perfumosa
© Moria Robinson LG
on Adenostoma fasciculatum
9326299530Aseptis fumeola
Aseptis fumeola
© Moria Robinson - on Arctostaphylos spp. LG
Arctostaphylos viscida and manzanita
Aseptis fumeola
© Moria Robinson - on Arctostaphylos spp. LG
Arctostaphylos viscida and manzanita
Aseptis fumeola
© Moria Robinson - on Arctostaphylos spp. LG
Arctostaphylos viscida and manzanita
9326309531Aseptis ethnica
Aseptis ethnica
© Moria Robinson - on Arctostaphylos spp. LG
Arctostaphylos viscida and manzanita
9322909545 – American Angle Shades – Euplexia benesimilis
Euplexia benesimilis
© Canadian National Collection LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© Canadian National Collection LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Euplexia benesimilis
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Euplexia benesimilis
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9322919546 – Olive Angle Shades – Phlogophora iris
Phlogophora iris
© Janice Stiefel
30 days
Phlogophora iris
© Janice Stiefel
24 days
Phlogophora iris
© Janice Stiefel
95 days
Phlogophora iris
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Phlogophora iris
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9322929547 – Brown Angle Shades – Phlogophora periculosa
Phlogophora periculosa
© Canadian National Collection LG

Phlogophora periculosa
© Canadian National Collection LG

9326749549 – Pale Enargia – Enargia decolor
Enargia decolor
© Canadian National Collection LG

Enargia decolor
© Canadian National Collection LG

Enargia decolor
© Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Enargia decolor
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Enargia decolor
© Jessica Durand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Enargia decolor
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
9326759550 – Smoked Sallow – Enargia infumata
Enargia infumata
© Canadian National Collection LG

9326799555 – Even-lined Sallow – Ipimorpha pleonectusa
Ipimorpha pleonectusa
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Ipimorpha pleonectusa
© Canadian National Collection LG

Ipimorpha pleonectusa
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Ipimorpha pleonectusa
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

932249.59556 – Cloaked Marvel Moth – Chytonix palliatricula
Chytonix palliatricula
© Jason Dombroskie

Chytonix palliatricula
© Jason Dombroskie

Chytonix palliatricula
© Canadian National Collection LG

Chytonix palliatricula
© Ken Childs LG

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