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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
5103383658 – Omnivorous Leafroller – Archips purpurana
Archips purpurana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Archips purpurana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Archips purpurana
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Triosteum aurantiacum
Archips purpurana
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa
Archips purpurana
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa
Archips purpurana
© Jennifer Forman Orth LG
reared on Sedum
Archips purpurana
© Marcie O'Connor LG
in shelter in Prairie Alumroot
Archips purpurana
© Marcie O'Connor LG
in shelter in Prairie Alumroot
Archips purpurana
© Louise Dawson LG

5103333660 – Gray Archips – Archips grisea
Archips grisea
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus phellos - 18mm
Archips grisea
© George Smiley LG
on Crataegus marshallii - 20mm
5103343661 – Ugly-nest Caterpillar – Archips cerasivorana
Archips cerasivorana
© Janice Stiefel

Archips cerasivorana
© Jason Dombroskie

Archips cerasivorana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Archips cerasivorana
© Jason Dombroskie

Archips cerasivorana
© Nelson Poirier

Archips cerasivorana
© Nelson Poirier

Archips cerasivorana
© Jason Dombroskie
pupa
Archips cerasivorana
© Janice Stiefel

Archips cerasivorana
© Janice Stiefel

Archips cerasivorana
© Nelson Poirier

5103373662 – Southern Ugly-nest Caterpillar – Archips rileyana
Archips rileyana
© Larry Thompson

Archips rileyana
© Larry Thompson LG

Archips rileyana
© Larry Thompson

5103213663.1 – Large Fruit-tree Tortrix – Archips podana
Archips podana
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

Archips podana
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

5103223663.2 – Exotic Leafroller – Archips fuscocupreanus
Archips fuscocupreanus
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

Archips fuscocupreanus
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA LG

Archips fuscocupreanus
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

5103143667 – Spring Spruce Needle Moth – Archips packardiana
Archips packardiana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Archips packardiana
© Canadian National Collection LG

5103453675 – Allen's Tortrix – Aphelia alleniana
Aphelia alleniana
© Canadian National Collection LG

5103493678 – Carnation Tortrix – Cacoecimorpha pronubana
Cacoecimorpha pronubana
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

Cacoecimorpha pronubana
© Lynette Schimming

Cacoecimorpha pronubana
© Lynette Schimming

5103553681.1Clepsis spectrana
Clepsis spectrana
© Eric LaGasa & WSDA

5103573682 – White-triangle Tortrix – Clepsis persicana
Clepsis persicana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Clepsis persicana
© Canadian National Collection LG

5103623686 – Black-patched Clepsis – Clepsis melaleucanus
Clepsis melaleucanus
© Canadian National Collection LG

Clepsis melaleucanus
© Jason Dombroskie

5103903695 – Sparganothis Fruitworm – Sparganothis sulfureana
Sparganothis sulfureana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Sparganothis sulfureana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Sparganothis sulfureana
© Canadian National Collection LG

5103983706 – Mosaic Sparganothis – Sparganothis xanthoides
Sparganothis xanthoides
© Canadian National Collection LG

5104103715Sparganothis umbrana
Sparganothis umbrana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Sparganothis umbrana
© Canadian National Collection LG

5104193720 – Reticulated Fruitworm – Cenopis reticulatana
Cenopis reticulatana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Cenopis reticulatana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Cenopis reticulatana
© George Smiley LG
21mm on Sideroxylon lanuginosum
5104273721 – White-tailed Fruitworm – Cenopis mesospila
Cenopis mesospila
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
5104173725 – Maple-basswood Leafroller – Cenopis pettitana
Cenopis pettitana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Cenopis pettitana
© Canadian National Collection LG

Cenopis pettitana
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Cenopis pettitana
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Cenopis pettitana
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Quercus rubra
Cenopis pettitana
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer saccharum
Cenopis pettitana
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Acer rubrum
5104333740 – Tufted Apple Budmoth – Platynota idaeusalis
Platynota idaeusalis
© Ted Kropiewnicki

5104363745 – Omnivorous Platynota – Platynota rostrana
Platynota rostrana
© George Smiley LG
on Quercus nigra - 19mm
Platynota rostrana
© George Smiley LG
in Oxalis dillenii - 4mm
Platynota rostrana
© George Smiley LG
on Euonymus americana - 9mm
Platynota rostrana
© George Smiley LG
on Euonymus americana - 16mm
Platynota rostrana
© Machele White

Platynota rostrana
© George Smiley LG
9mm

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