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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 (1)
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
9313089085 – Half-yellow Moth – Ponometia semiflava
Ponometia semiflava
Giff Beaton LG
on camphorweed
9313149090 – Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth – Ponometia candefacta
Ponometia candefacta
Canadian National Collection LG

Ponometia candefacta
Canadian National Collection LG

Ponometia candefacta
Canadian National Collection LG

Ponometia candefacta
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Ponometia candefacta
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9313199095 – Small Bird-dropping Moth – Ponometia erastrioides
Ponometia erastrioides
Canadian National Collection LG

Ponometia erastrioides
John G. Franclemont CUIC

Ponometia erastrioides
John G. Franclemont CUIC

9313669113Tarache huachuca
Tarache huachuca
John G. Franclemont CUIC

Tarache huachuca
John G. Franclemont CUIC

Tarache huachuca
John G. Franclemont CUIC

9313879127 – Common Spragueia Moth – Spragueia leo
Spragueia leo
Giff Beaton LG
on ragweed
9313919131 – Yellow Spragueia Moth – Spragueia apicalis
Spragueia apicalis
George Smiley LG
on Modiola caroliniana
9312419169 – Straight Lined Mallow Moth – Bagisara rectifascia
Bagisara rectifascia
Valerie G. Bugh

Bagisara rectifascia
Valerie G. Bugh

9313989177 – Black Zigzag – Panthea acronyctoides
Panthea acronyctoides
Canadian National Collection LG

9313999178Panthea virginarius
Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
on Psuedotsuga taxifolia
Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
on Psuedotsuga taxifolia
Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea virginarius
Jane & John Balaban LG

Panthea virginarius
Jane & John Balaban LG

Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
on Psuedotsuga taxifolia
Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea virginarius
Canadian National Collection LG

Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea virginarius
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9313959181Panthea gigantea
Panthea gigantea
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea gigantea
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9313969182 – Eastern Panthea Moth – Panthea furcilla
Panthea furcilla
Jason Dombroskie

Panthea furcilla
Canadian National Collection LG

Panthea furcilla
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea furcilla
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Panthea furcilla
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
on Pinus strobus
Panthea furcilla
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
on Pinus strobus
9314009184 – Yellowhorn – Colocasia flavicornis
Colocasia flavicornis
Canadian National Collection LG

Colocasia flavicornis
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Colocasia flavicornis
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Colocasia flavicornis
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Colocasia flavicornis
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9314029186Pseudopanthea palata
Pseudopanthea palata
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9314049188Semixanthia franclemonti
Semixanthia franclemonti
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Semixanthia franclemonti
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Semixanthia franclemonti
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Semixanthia franclemonti
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9314069189 – The Laugher – Charadra deridens
Charadra deridens
Charles Lewallen

Charadra deridens
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Charadra deridens
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Charadra deridens
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Charadra deridens
Tom Bentley

9314129193 – The Brother – Raphia frater
Raphia frater
George Smiley LG
20mm on Salix nigra
Raphia frater
George Smiley LG
30mm on Salix nigra
Raphia frater
Jason Dombroskie

Raphia frater
Janice Stiefel
4th instar
Raphia frater
Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Raphia frater
John G. Franclemont CUIC - LG
R. f. abrupta
Raphia frater
John G. Franclemont CUIC - LG
R. f. abrupta
Raphia frater
John G. Franclemont CUIC - LG
R. f. abrupta
9314209199 – Hackberry Dagger – Acronicta rubricoma
Acronicta rubricoma
Angella Moorehouse LG

Acronicta rubricoma
Howell Curtis
late instar
Acronicta rubricoma
Valerie G. Bugh

9314219200 – American Dagger – Acronicta americana
Acronicta americana
Bob Moul

Acronicta americana
Canadian National Collection LG

Acronicta americana
McGuire Center LG

Acronicta americana
Jason Dombroskie

Acronicta americana
Jason Dombroskie

Acronicta americana
Anthony W. Thomas

Acronicta americana
Anthony W. Thomas

Acronicta americana
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Acronicta americana
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

9314229201 – Frosted Dagger – Acronicta hastulifera
Acronicta hastulifera
Troy Bartlett

9314239202 – Large Gray Dagger – Acronicta insita
Acronicta insita
Canadian National Collection LG

Acronicta insita
Anthony W. Thomas

Acronicta insita
John Davis

Acronicta insita
Jason Dombroskie

Acronicta insita
Jason Dombroskie

Acronicta insita
Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Acronicta insita
Chris Adam LG

Acronicta insita
Chris Adam LG

Acronicta insita
Siobhan Basile

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