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Digital Guide to Moth Identification

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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Geometridae
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
1966506658 – Half-wing Moth – Phigalia titea
Phigalia titea
Canadian National Collection LG

Phigalia titea
Tom Murray

Phigalia titea
Valerie G. Bugh

Phigalia titea
Canadian National Collection LG

Phigalia titea
Valerie G. Bugh

1967006660 – Small Phigalia Moth – Phigalia strigataria
Phigalia strigataria
Canadian National Collection LG

Phigalia strigataria
Yurika Alexander LG

Phigalia strigataria
Valerie G. Bugh

Phigalia strigataria
Jason Dombroskie

Phigalia strigataria
Valerie G. Bugh

Phigalia strigataria
Canadian National Collection LG

1968256665 – Linden Looper Moth – Erannis tiliaria
Erannis tiliaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Erannis tiliaria
Jason Dombroskie

Erannis tiliaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Erannis tiliaria
Jason Dombroskie

1968756666 – Bluish Spring Moth – Lomographa semiclarata
Lomographa semiclarata
Jane & John Balaban LG

Lomographa semiclarata
Canadian National Collection LG

1969006667 – White Spring Moth – Lomographa vestaliata
Lomographa vestaliata
Canadian National Collection LG

Lomographa vestaliata
Tom Murray LG

Lomographa vestaliata
Canadian National Collection LG

Lomographa vestaliata
Canadian National Collection LG

1973006681Eudrepanulatrix rectifascia
Eudrepanulatrix rectifascia
Canadian National Collection LG

1974256686Drepanulatrix foeminaria
Drepanulatrix foeminaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1976506693Apodrepanulatrix liberaria
Apodrepanulatrix liberaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Apodrepanulatrix liberaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1978256700 – Bicolored Chloraspilates Moth – Chloraspilates bicoloraria
Chloraspilates bicoloraria
McGuire Center LG

1982006714Episemasia cervinaria
Episemasia cervinaria
Valerie G. Bugh

Episemasia cervinaria
Valerie G. Bugh

1983756720 – Common Lytrosis Moth – Lytrosis unitaria
Lytrosis unitaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1985256726 – Obtuse Euchlaena Moth – Euchlaena obtusaria
Euchlaena obtusaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Euchlaena obtusaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Euchlaena obtusaria
Janice Stiefel
5th instar - 91 days
1985756728 – Effective Euchlaena Moth – Euchlaena effecta
Euchlaena effecta
Canadian National Collection LG

Euchlaena effecta
Canadian National Collection LG

1986006729 – Johnson's Euchlaena Moth – Euchlaena johnsonaria
Euchlaena johnsonaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1986506731 – Scrub Euchlaena Moth – Euchlaena madusaria
Euchlaena madusaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Euchlaena madusaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1988756740 – False Crocus Geometer Moth – Xanthotype urticaria
Xanthotype urticaria
Carroll Rudy
5th instar
Xanthotype urticaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1989506743 – Crocus Geometer Moth – Xanthotype sospeta
Xanthotype sospeta
Canadian National Collection LG

Xanthotype sospeta
Canadian National Collection LG

1992256755 – Morrison's Pero Moth – Pero morrisonaria
Pero morrisonaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Pero morrisonaria
Canadian National Collection LG

1995756766Phaeoura mexicanaria
Phaeoura mexicanaria
Marius V. Aurelian

2003256796 – Pale Beauty Moth – Campaea perlata
Campaea perlata
Betsy Higgins
late instar
Campaea perlata
Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Campaea perlata
Jason Dombroskie

Campaea perlata
Canadian National Collection LG

Campaea perlata
Betsy Higgins
late instar
Campaea perlata
Betsy Higgins

2003506797 – Maple Spanworm Moth – Ennomos magnaria
Ennomos magnaria
John Ashley LG

Ennomos magnaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Ennomos magnaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2004006798 – Elm Spanworm Moth – Ennomos subsignaria
Ennomos subsignaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Ennomos subsignaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Ennomos subsignaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Ennomos subsignaria
Betsy Higgins

Ennomos subsignaria
Betsy Higgins

Ennomos subsignaria
Betsy Higgins

Ennomos subsignaria
Betsy Higgins

2007256811Homochlodes lactispargaria
Homochlodes lactispargaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2008506817 – Northern Selenia Moth – Selenia alciphearia
Selenia alciphearia
Canadian National Collection LG

Selenia alciphearia
Canadian National Collection LG

Selenia alciphearia
Canadian National Collection LG

2008756818 – Kent's Geometer Moth – Selenia kentaria
Selenia kentaria
Tom Murray LG

2009006819 – Pale Metanema Moth – Metanema inatomaria
Metanema inatomaria
Harvey Schmidt LG

Metanema inatomaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Metanema inatomaria
Harvey Schmidt LG

2009756822 – Ruddy Metarranthis Moth – Metarranthis duaria
Metarranthis duaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Metarranthis duaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2010506825 – Pale Metarranthis Moth – Metarranthis indeclinata
Metarranthis indeclinata
Janice Stiefel
5th instar - 48 days
2012256832 – Yellow-washed Metarranthis Moth – Metarranthis obfirmaria
Metarranthis obfirmaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Metarranthis obfirmaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2013256835 – Scallop Moth – Cepphis armataria
Cepphis armataria
Canadian National Collection LG

Cepphis armataria
Tom Murray LG

Cepphis armataria
Janice Stiefel

2013506836 – American Barred Umber Moth – Plagodis pulveraria
Plagodis pulveraria
Canadian National Collection LG

2014006838 – Friendly Probole Moth – Probole amicaria
Probole amicaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Probole amicaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Probole amicaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2014506840 – Lemon Plagodis Moth – Plagodis serinaria
Plagodis serinaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Plagodis serinaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2014756841 – Purple Plagodis Moth – Plagodis kuetzingi
Plagodis kuetzingi
Janice Stiefel
5th instar - 41 days
Plagodis kuetzingi
Janice Stiefel

2015506844 – Hollow-spotted Plagodis Moth – Plagodis alcoolaria
Plagodis alcoolaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Plagodis alcoolaria
Canadian National Collection LG

Plagodis alcoolaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2020256863 – Gray Spruce Looper Moth – Caripeta divisata
Caripeta divisata
Canadian National Collection LG

Caripeta divisata
Canadian National Collection LG

2020506864 – Northern Pine Looper Moth – Caripeta piniata
Caripeta piniata
Canadian National Collection LG

Caripeta piniata
Canadian National Collection LG

2021506867 – Brown Pine Looper Moth – Caripeta angustiorata
Caripeta angustiorata
Canadian National Collection LG

Caripeta angustiorata
Canadian National Collection LG

Caripeta angustiorata
Canadian National Collection LG

2026756884 – Straw Besma Moth – Besma endropiaria
Besma endropiaria
Canadian National Collection LG

2027006885 – Oak Besma Moth – Besma quercivoraria
Besma quercivoraria
Canadian National Collection LG

Besma quercivoraria
Jason Dombroskie

Besma quercivoraria
Canadian National Collection LG

Besma quercivoraria
Canadian National Collection LG

Besma quercivoraria
Jason Dombroskie

Besma quercivoraria
Jason Dombroskie

Besma quercivoraria
Jason Dombroskie

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