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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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Micros through Tortricidae
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
3302560832Cameraria ostryarella
Cameraria ostryarella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Cameraria ostryarella
© Canadian National Collection LG

3303660843Porphyrosela desmodiella
Porphyrosela desmodiella
© George Smiley LG
in a leaf blotch under Strophostyles helvola - 4mm
Porphyrosela desmodiella
© George Smiley LG
prepupal - 3mm
Porphyrosela desmodiella
© George Smiley LG
3mm
3303670843.1Porphyrosela minuta
Porphyrosela minuta
© Ken Childs LG
on White Clover
Porphyrosela minuta
© Ken Childs LG
on White Clover
Porphyrosela minuta
© Ken Childs LG
on White Clover
Porphyrosela minuta
© Ken Childs LG
on White Clover
Porphyrosela minuta
© Ken Childs LG
on White Clover
5900760864Agonopterix atrodorsella
Agonopterix atrodorsella
© Terry Harrison LG
Larval leaf roll on a leaflet of tall coreopsis
Agonopterix atrodorsella
© Terry Harrison
Larval leaf roll on a leaflet of tall coreopsis
5900790867Agonopterix pulvipennella
Agonopterix pulvipennella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Agonopterix pulvipennella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5900870874.1 – Poison Hemlock Moth – Agonopterix alstroemeriana
Agonopterix alstroemeriana
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

5900990886Agonopterix lecontella
Agonopterix lecontella
© George Smiley LG
Found on a herbaceous legume - 19mm
Agonopterix lecontella
© George Smiley LG
Reared on a herbaceous legume - 19mm
5901070894Agonopterix nebulosa
Agonopterix nebulosa
© M. J. Hatfield

Agonopterix nebulosa
© M. J. Hatfield

5901080895 – Gorse Tip Moth – Agonopterix nervosa
Agonopterix nervosa
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

Agonopterix nervosa
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

5901360922 – Parsnip Webworm – Depressaria radiella
Depressaria radiella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Depressaria radiella
© Nolie Schneider

Depressaria radiella
© Andrew Bateman LG

5901570942 – Hazel Leaftier – Nites grotella
Nites grotella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Nites grotella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5901580943Nites atrocapitella
Nites atrocapitella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5901590944 – Black-dotted Birch Leaftier – Nites betulella
Nites betulella
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
found on Betula papyrifera
Nites betulella
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
found on Betula papyrifera
Nites betulella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5902570951 – Gold-striped Leaftier – Machimia tentoriferella
Machimia tentoriferella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on oak
Machimia tentoriferella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on oak
Machimia tentoriferella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Machimia tentoriferella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5902590955 – Oak Leaftier – Psilocorsis quercicella
Psilocorsis quercicella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Psilocorsis quercicella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus palustris
Psilocorsis quercicella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus palustris
5902600956 – Black-fringed Leaftier – Psilocorsis cryptolechiella
Psilocorsis cryptolechiella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Psilocorsis cryptolechiella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus lyrata
Psilocorsis cryptolechiella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus lyrata
5902610957 – Dotted Leaftier – Psilocorsis reflexella
Psilocorsis reflexella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Psilocorsis reflexella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5901670961.1 – Buddleia Budworm – Pyramidobela angelarum
Pyramidobela angelarum
© Rephah Berg
early instar
Pyramidobela angelarum
© Rephah Berg
late instar
5901930986 – Viper's Bugloss Moth – Ethmia bipunctella
Ethmia bipunctella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Ethmia bipunctella
© Jason Dombroskie

Ethmia bipunctella
© Jason Dombroskie

5902231010Durrantia piperatella
Durrantia piperatella
© George Smiley LG
Found feeding on Hickory - 20mm
Durrantia piperatella
© George Smiley LG
maintaining a silk tube - 20mm
5902241011 – Schlaeger's Fruitworm – Antaeotricha schlaegeri
Antaeotricha schlaegeri
© Canadian National Collection LG

Antaeotricha schlaegeri
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus palustris
Antaeotricha schlaegeri
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus palustris
5902271014 – Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth – Antaeotricha leucillana
Antaeotricha leucillana
© Ken Childs LG

Antaeotricha leucillana
© Ken Childs LG

Antaeotricha leucillana
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula alleghaniensis
Antaeotricha leucillana
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula alleghaniensis
5902321019 – Dotted Anteotricha Moth – Antaeotricha humilis
Antaeotricha humilis
© George Smiley LG
7mm on Quercus palustris
Antaeotricha humilis
© George Smiley LG
13mm on Quercus palustris
Antaeotricha humilis
© George Smiley LG
6mm
Antaeotricha humilis
© Yurika Alexander LG
hanging from Quercus alba
Antaeotricha humilis
© Yurika Alexander LG
hanging from Quercus alba
5902371024Antaeotricha albulella
Antaeotricha albulella
© George Smiley LG
two leaves stitched on Quercus texana -17mm
Antaeotricha albulella
© George Smiley LG
penultimate instar on Quercus texana - 11mm
Antaeotricha albulella
© George Smiley LG
final instar - 21mm
Antaeotricha albulella
© George Smiley LG
prepupal - 18mm
5900621068Eido trimaculella
Eido trimaculella
© Jason Dombroskie

5917521221Holcocera immaculella
Holcocera immaculella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Holcocera immaculella
© Canadian National Collection LG

591628.11255Coleophora sacramenta
Coleophora sacramenta
© Canadian National Collection LG

591644.11256Coleophora tiliaefoliella
Coleophora tiliaefoliella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora tiliaefoliella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
591621.11261Coleophora querciella
Coleophora querciella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
591615.11271 – Cherry Casebearer – Coleophora pruniella
Coleophora pruniella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora pruniella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora pruniella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora pruniella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora pruniella
© Canadian National Collection LG

591589.11286Coleophora ledi
Coleophora ledi
© Jason Dombroskie
case
591612.11287Coleophora persimplexella
Coleophora persimplexella
© Jason Dombroskie

591547.11300 – Birch Casebearer – Coleophora comptoniella
Coleophora comptoniella
© Canadian National Collection LG

591592.11301.1Coleophora limosipennella
Coleophora limosipennella
© Claude Pilon

Coleophora limosipennella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
591637.11307 – Apple & Plum Casebearer – Coleophora spinella
Coleophora spinella
© Canadian National Collection LG

591632.11308 – Cigar Casebearer – Coleophora serratella
Coleophora serratella
© Phil Huntley-Franck

Coleophora serratella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora serratella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora serratella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora serratella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora serratella
© Jason Dombroskie

591585.11311 – Larch Casebearer – Coleophora laricella
Coleophora laricella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora laricella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleophora laricella
© Jason Dombroskie
case
Coleophora laricella
© Canadian National Collection LG

591352.551398 – Octagonal Casemaker – Homaledra octagonella
Homaledra octagonella
© Kim Fleming

Homaledra octagonella
© Robert Patterson

Homaledra octagonella
© Troy Bartlett

Homaledra octagonella
© Lisa Ames LG

Homaledra octagonella
© Lisa Ames

5904011515 – Shy Cosmet Moth – Limnaecia phragmitella
Limnaecia phragmitella
© Jason Dombroskie

5904101524Triclonella pergandeella
Triclonella pergandeella
© Karen Chiasson LG
on Desmodium

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