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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
5903441638 – Kiawe Flower Moth – Ithome concolorella
Ithome concolorella
© Terry Harrison LG
final-instar larva in Desmanthus illinoensis ~5mm
Ithome concolorella
© Terry Harrison
larval feeding damage in fruit of Desmanthus illinoensis
5905871719 – Orache Leafminer – Chrysoesthia sexguttella
Chrysoesthia sexguttella
© Beatriz Moisset LG

Chrysoesthia sexguttella
© Beatriz Moisset

590642.11729.1Aristotelia arenella
Aristotelia arenella
© Nathan C. Taylor LG
on Pomaria jamesii
Aristotelia arenella
© Nathan C. Taylor LG
on Pomaria jamesii
Aristotelia arenella
© Nathan C. Taylor LG
on Pomaria jamesii
5906571743Aristotelia ivae
Aristotelia ivae
© George Smiley LG
Found feeding on Baccharis halimifolia - 11mm
590673.951764.96Aristotelia sp. 6SL
Aristotelia sp. 6SL
© Ann Hendrickson LG
ex. V. farnesiana (Willd.)
590704.951786.97Recurvaria sp.
Recurvaria sp.
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907081789 – Green Hemlock Needleminer – Coleotechnites apicitripunctella
Coleotechnites apicitripunctella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleotechnites apicitripunctella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleotechnites apicitripunctella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907111792Coleotechnites atrupictella
Coleotechnites atrupictella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907161797 – Banded Jack-Pine Needleminer – Coleotechnites canusella
Coleotechnites canusella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleotechnites canusella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Coleotechnites canusella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907441826 – Orange Spruce Needleminer – Coleotechnites piceaella
Coleotechnites piceaella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907511832 – Brown Cedar Leafminer – Coleotechnites thujaella
Coleotechnites thujaella
© Canadian National Collection LG

590705.751840 – Pine Needleminer – Exoteleia pinifoliella
Exoteleia pinifoliella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Exoteleia pinifoliella
© Canadian National Collection LG

590693.51851 – Stripe-backed Moth – Arogalea cristifasciella
Arogalea cristifasciella
© George Smiley LG
8mm on Quercus palustris
590787.711865Neotelphusa praefixa
Neotelphusa praefixa
© Canadian National Collection LG

590787.511869Carpatolechia belangerella
Carpatolechia belangerella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Carpatolechia belangerella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5907861873Pseudotelphusa palliderosacella
Pseudotelphusa palliderosacella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5906801927Deltophora glandiferella
Deltophora glandiferella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5912041986 – Riley's Goldenrod Gall Moth – Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis
Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis
© Jason Dombroskie

Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis
© Jason Dombroskie
pupa
Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis
© Jason Dombroskie
gall
Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis
© Jason Dombroskie
gall
5910062072 – Eyeringed Chionodes – Chionodes discoocellella
Chionodes discoocellella
© George Smiley LG
opaque silk shelter on Rumex hastatulus - 6.5mm
Chionodes discoocellella
© George Smiley LG
10mm
Chionodes discoocellella
© George Smiley LG
13.5mm
Chionodes discoocellella
© George Smiley LG
prepupal - 17mm
Chionodes discoocellella
© George Smiley LG
7mm
5908892079Chionodes fuscomaculella
Chionodes fuscomaculella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus palustris
Chionodes fuscomaculella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus phellos
Chionodes fuscomaculella
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus phellos
Chionodes fuscomaculella
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Quercus rubra
Chionodes fuscomaculella
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Quercus rubra
5910162084Chionodes hibiscella
Chionodes hibiscella
© George Smiley LG
tightly rolled leaf on Hibiscus moscheutos - 10mm
Chionodes hibiscella
© George Smiley LG
10mm
Chionodes hibiscella
© George Smiley LG
15.5mm
Chionodes hibiscella
© George Smiley LG
rolled up drooping Hibiscus moscheutos leaf - 16mm
Chionodes hibiscella
© George Smiley LG
8mm
Chionodes hibiscella
© Seth Ausubel

Chionodes hibiscella
© Seth Ausubel

5909642099 – Boxelder Leafworm – Chionodes obscurusella
Chionodes obscurusella
© Charley Eiseman LG
11.5mm
Chionodes obscurusella
© Charley Eiseman LG
11.5mm
Chionodes obscurusella
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Chionodes obscurusella
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Chionodes obscurusella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Chionodes obscurusella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5909742120Chionodes trichostola
Chionodes trichostola
© Canadian National Collection LG

5911212169 – Dusky-backed Filatima – Filatima pseudacaciella
Filatima pseudacaciella
© Jason Dombroskie

5911252172Filatima serotinella
Filatima serotinella
© George Smiley LG
19mm on Prunus serotina
Filatima serotinella
© George Smiley LG
19mm on Prunus serotina
Filatima serotinella
© Yurika Alexander LG
on Prunus serotina
5911512198 – Red-Striped Fireworm – Aroga trialbamaculella
Aroga trialbamaculella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5911572204 – Redbud Leaffolder – Fascista cercerisella
Fascista cercerisella
© Sam Houston

5904792237 – Dark-headed Aspen Leafroller – Anacampsis innocuella
Anacampsis innocuella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5904852243 – Pale-headed Aspen Leafroller – Anacampsis niveopulvella
Anacampsis niveopulvella
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Anacampsis niveopulvella
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Anacampsis niveopulvella
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Anacampsis niveopulvella
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Populus tremuloides
Anacampsis niveopulvella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5904952251.1Anacampsis wikeri
Anacampsis wikeri
© M. J. Hatfield
on Amorpha canescens
Anacampsis wikeri
© M. J. Hatfield
on Amorpha canescens
5904542258Hypatima zesticopa
Hypatima zesticopa
© Ann Hendrickson LG
on Mimosa texana
5905042270Helcystogramma melantherella
Helcystogramma melantherella
© George Smiley LG
15mm on Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Helcystogramma melantherella
© George Smiley LG
15mm on Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Helcystogramma melantherella
© George Smiley LG
6mm
Helcystogramma melantherella
© Sam Houston LG

Helcystogramma melantherella
© Sam Houston LG

5905102281 – Palmerworm – Dichomeris ligulella
Dichomeris ligulella
© Ilona Loser

Dichomeris ligulella
© Ilona Loser

5905532307Dichomeris nonstrigella
Dichomeris nonstrigella
© Canadian National Collection LG

5905522308Dichomeris purpureofusca
Dichomeris purpureofusca
© Canadian National Collection LG

4900012353 – Mimosa Webworm – Homadaula anisocentra
Homadaula anisocentra
© George Smiley LG
silk shelter on Gleditsia triacanthos - 12mm
Homadaula anisocentra
© George Smiley LG
12mm
Homadaula anisocentra
© George Smiley LG
6.5mm
Homadaula anisocentra
© Marcia Morris LG
up a fine thread to a mimosa tree
Homadaula anisocentra
© Marcia Morris LG

3601502375 – European Honeysuckle Moth – Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolopha dentella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Ypsolopha dentella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Ypsolopha dentella
© Ilona Loser

3601532380Ypsolopha falciferella
Ypsolopha falciferella
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA LG

3600342401 – Ailanthus Webworm – Atteva aurea
Atteva aurea
© Stephen Schueman

Atteva aurea
© Erik Blosser

Atteva aurea
© Tom Murray

Atteva aurea
© Eric Gofreed

Atteva aurea
© Tom Bentley

Atteva aurea
© Eric Gofreed

Atteva aurea
© Yurika Alexander LG

5700302404Enaemia basistriga
Enaemia basistriga
© Giff Beaton LG
on Sideroxylon

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