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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
9316769781 – Gold Moth – Basilodes pepita
Basilodes pepita
© Sebastian Martinez LG

Basilodes pepita
© Donna Race LG

Basilodes pepita
© Robin Seeber LG

Basilodes pepita
© Arlene Ripley LG

Basilodes pepita
© Carmen Champagne LG

Basilodes pepita
© Donna Race LG

Basilodes pepita
© Rob Curtis

Basilodes pepita
© Rob Curtis LG

Basilodes pepita
© Stephen Cresswell LG

Basilodes pepita
© Sharon Cates LG

Basilodes pepita
© Jeff Janci LG

9316889785 – Yellow Sunflower Moth – Stiria rugifrons
Stiria rugifrons
© Giff Beaton LG
on Helianthus angustifolius
Stiria rugifrons
© Giff Beaton LG
on Helianthus angustifolius
9326739816 – Elder Moth – Zotheca tranquilla
Zotheca tranquilla
© Jane & John Balaban LG
on Elderberry - Sambucus
Zotheca tranquilla
© Jane & John Balaban LG
on Elderberry - Sambucus
9325199873 – American Swordgrass Moth – Xylena nupera
Xylena nupera
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Xylena nupera
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Xylena nupera
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Xylena nupera
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325209874 – Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass Moth – Xylena curvimacula
Xylena curvimacula
© Canadian National Collection LG

9325229876 – Gray Swordgrass Moth – Xylena cineritia
Xylena cineritia
© Canadian National Collection LG

Xylena cineritia
© Canadian National Collection LG

Xylena cineritia
© Canadian National Collection LG

Xylena cineritia
© Canadian National Collection LG

Xylena cineritia
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325239877Xylena brucei
Xylena brucei
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Xylena brucei
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325249878Lithomoia germana
Lithomoia germana
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithomoia germana
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325259879Homoglaea variegata
Homoglaea variegata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea variegata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325279881 – Goat Sallow – Homoglaea hircina
Homoglaea hircina
© Canadian National Collection LG

Homoglaea hircina
© Canadian National Collection LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Homoglaea hircina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325329886 – Dimorphic Pinion – Lithophane patefacta
Lithophane patefacta
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane patefacta
© Chris Adam LG

Lithophane patefacta
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325339887 – Bethune's Pinion – Lithophane bethunei
Lithophane bethunei
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane bethunei
© Canadian National Collection LG

9325349888 – Nameless Pinion – Lithophane innominata
Lithophane innominata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Lithophane innominata
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Lithophane innominata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane innominata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane innominata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane innominata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane innominata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane innominata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane innominata
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

932535.999888.99Lithophane nr. innominata
Lithophane nr. innominata
© Jason Dombroskie

Lithophane nr. innominata
© Jason Dombroskie

9325369889 – Wanton Pinion – Lithophane petulca
Lithophane petulca
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane petulca
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325449891Lithophane amanda
Lithophane amanda
© Canadian National Collection LG

9325379892 – Dashed Gray Pinion – Lithophane disposita
Lithophane disposita
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane disposita
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Lithophane disposita
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325389893 – Hemina Pinion – Lithophane hemina
Lithophane hemina
© Canadian National Collection LG

Lithophane hemina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325419894 – Immigrant Pinion – Lithophane oriunda
Lithophane oriunda
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9325429895 – Signate Pinion – Lithophane signosa
Lithophane signosa
© Canadian National Collection LG

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