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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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Butterflies - Drepanidae
Refereed by John & Jane Balaban
8002615783 – Striped Birch Pyralid Moth – Ortholepis pasadamia
Ortholepis pasadamia
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
Ortholepis pasadamia
© Canadian National Collection LG

Ortholepis pasadamia
© Canadian National Collection LG

8002945789 – Striped Sumac Leafroller – Sciota subfuscella
Sciota subfuscella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Sumac, Rhus sp.
Sciota subfuscella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Sumac, Rhus sp.
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
on Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina) - 15mm
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
on Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina) - 16mm
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
on Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina) - 16mm
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
on Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina) - 17mm
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
prepupal 17mm
Sciota subfuscella
© Tom Murray LG
on sumac
Sciota subfuscella
© George Smiley LG
10mm
8002905796 – Locust Leafroller – Sciota subcaesiella
Sciota subcaesiella
© Curtis Lehman LG
tied leaves of Robinia pseudoacacia
Sciota subcaesiella
© Curtis Lehman LG
tied leaves of Robinia pseudoacacia
Sciota subcaesiella
© George Smiley LG
shelter of Robinia pseudoacacia - 15mm
Sciota subcaesiella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
Black locust leaf tiers
Sciota subcaesiella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
Black locust leaf tiers
Sciota subcaesiella
© Mark Brown LG
between two locust leaves
Sciota subcaesiella
© Tom Murray LG
found between locust leaves
Sciota subcaesiella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Sciota subcaesiella
© George Smiley LG
11.5mm
8002915797 – Black-spotted Leafroller – Sciota virgatella
Sciota virgatella
© Curtis Lehman LG
hanging from a thread below Black Locust
Sciota virgatella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia
Sciota virgatella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia
Sciota virgatella
© M. J. Hatfield LG
on Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia
8002955802 – Sweetgum Leafroller – Sciota uvinella
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
between two Liquidambar styraciflua leaves - 12mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
between two Liquidambar styraciflua leaves - 4mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
from Liquidambar styraciflua - 10mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
between two Liquidambar styraciflua leaves - 10mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
between two Liquidambar styraciflua leaves - 15mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
between two Liquidambar styraciflua leaves - 15mm
Sciota uvinella
© George Smiley LG
8mm
8002975808Tlascala reductella
Tlascala reductella
© George Smiley LG
on Gleditsia triacanthos
8003065818 – Tupelo Leaffolder – Actrix nyssaecolella
Actrix nyssaecolella
© George Smiley LG
folded Nyssa sylvatica leaf - 9.5mm
Actrix nyssaecolella
© George Smiley LG
folded Nyssa sylvatica leaf - 16mm
Actrix nyssaecolella
© George Smiley LG
13mm
8003325841 – Evergreen Coneworm – Dioryctria abietivorella
Dioryctria abietivorella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Dioryctria abietivorella
© Canadian National Collection LG

8003345843 – Spruce Coneworm – Dioryctria reniculelloides
Dioryctria reniculelloides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Dioryctria reniculelloides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Dioryctria reniculelloides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Dioryctria reniculelloides
© Jason Dombroskie

8003705849 – Bald Cypress Coneworm – Dioryctria pygmaeella
Dioryctria pygmaeella
© George Smiley LG
on Taxodium distichum
Dioryctria pygmaeella
© George Smiley LG
on Taxodium distichum
8003535852 – Zimmerman Pine Moth – Dioryctria zimmermani
Dioryctria zimmermani
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Pinus strobus
Dioryctria zimmermani
© Josée Quimper (Quebec.ca) LG
on Pinus strobus
8005135970 – Eastern Cactus-boring Moth – Melitara prodenialis
Melitara prodenialis
© McGuire Center LG

Melitara prodenialis
© Randy Newman

Melitara prodenialis
© Machele White
eggs
Melitara prodenialis
© Machele White

Melitara prodenialis
© Machele White
eggs
8005255970.1 – Cactus Moth – Cactoblastis cactorum
Cactoblastis cactorum
© McGuire Center LG

Cactoblastis cactorum
© McGuire Center LG

Cactoblastis cactorum
© McGuire Center LG

Cactoblastis cactorum
© McGuire Center LG

8005275978Rumatha glaucatella
Rumatha glaucatella
© McGuire Center LG

8005065988.1Ozamia lucidalis
Ozamia lucidalis
© McGuire Center LG

8001646007.1 – Beehive Honey Moth – Vitula serratilineella
Vitula serratilineella
© Nate Spackman

8001816019 – Indian Meal Moth – Plodia interpunctella
Plodia interpunctella
© Mike Boone

Plodia interpunctella
© Jason Dombroskie

Plodia interpunctella
© Canadian National Collection LG

Plodia interpunctella
© Jason Dombroskie

Plodia interpunctella
© Mike Boone

7000046077 – Mournful Thyris Moth – Pseudothyris sepulchralis
Pseudothyris sepulchralis
© George Smiley LG
rolled up Smilax rotundifolia leaf - 15mm
Pseudothyris sepulchralis
© George Smiley LG
on Smilax bona-nox rolled up leaf shelter - 16mm
Pseudothyris sepulchralis
© George Smiley LG
on Smilax bona-nox rolled up leaf shelter - 16mm
Pseudothyris sepulchralis
© George Smiley LG
7.5mm
7000056078 – Eyed Dysodia – Dysodia oculatana
Dysodia oculatana
© Andrew Williams

Dysodia oculatana
© Andrew Williams

Dysodia oculatana
© M. J. Hatfield

6300636091.1 – Sheppard's Plume Moth – Geina sheppardi
Geina sheppardi
© Canadian National Collection LG

Geina sheppardi
© Canadian National Collection LG

Geina sheppardi
© Jackie Lucier

Geina sheppardi
© Jackie Lucier

Geina sheppardi
© Jackie Lucier

Geina sheppardi
© Jackie Lucier

6300716100 – Gumweed Plume Moth – Dejongia californicus
Dejongia californicus
© Ron Hemberger

Dejongia californicus
© Ron Hemberger

6300126107 – Yarrow Plume Moth – Gillmeria pallidactyla
Gillmeria pallidactyla
© M. J. Hatfield

6300176123 – Snapdragon Plume Moth – Stenoptilodes antirrhina
Stenoptilodes antirrhina
© Carol Davis LG
feeding on leaves and buds of snapdragons
6301516159 – Tropical Morning Glory Plume Moth – Emmelina buscki
Emmelina buscki
© Joshua Sands [T] - LG

6301576160 – Ragweed Plume Moth – Adaina ambrosiae
Adaina ambrosiae
© Valerie G. Bugh

6301396168 – Eupatorium Plume Moth – Oidaematophorus eupatorii
Oidaematophorus eupatorii
© Canadian National Collection LG

Oidaematophorus eupatorii
© Canadian National Collection LG

6300836181 – Field's Plume Moth – Hellinsia fieldi
Hellinsia fieldi
© Moria Robinson - 5th instar LG
Found on Eriodictyon californica
6300876186 – Black-marked Plume Moth – Hellinsia inquinatus
Hellinsia inquinatus
© Carol Wolf

6301046203 – Plain Plume Moth – Hellinsia homodactylus
Hellinsia homodactylus
© Canadian National Collection LG

6301056204 – Elliot's Plume Moth – Hellinsia elliottii
Hellinsia elliottii
© Canadian National Collection LG

6301506234 – Morning Glory Plume Moth – Emmelina monodactyla
Emmelina monodactyla
© Ilona Loser LG
on Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)
Emmelina monodactyla
© Janice Stiefel

Emmelina monodactyla
© Ilona Loser LG
on Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)
630163.856234.99 – Unidentified Plume Moths – Pterophoridae sp.
Pterophoridae sp.
© Jason Dombroskie

Pterophoridae sp.
© Jason Dombroskie

8500036235 – Lettered Habrosyne – Habrosyne scripta
Habrosyne scripta
© Canadian National Collection LG

Habrosyne scripta
© Canadian National Collection LG

Habrosyne scripta
© Jason Dombroskie

Habrosyne scripta
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

8500046236 – Glorious Habrosyne – Habrosyne gloriosa
Habrosyne gloriosa
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Lonicera sp.
Habrosyne gloriosa
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Lonicera sp.
8500056237 – Tufted Thyatirid Moth – Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Tom Murray

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Jason Dombroskie

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Canadian National Collection LG

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Jason Dombroskie

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Martha Reinhardt

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Tom Murray

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© Martha Reinhardt

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

8500086240 – Dogwood Thyatirid Moth – Euthyatira pudens
Euthyatira pudens
© Canadian National Collection LG

Euthyatira pudens
© Canadian National Collection LG

Euthyatira pudens
© Doug Hughes LG

8500196251 – Arched Hooktip Moth – Drepana arcuata
Drepana arcuata
© Tom Murray LG

Drepana arcuata
© Tom Murray LG

Drepana arcuata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
Drepana arcuata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
Drepana arcuata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Drepana arcuata
© Adam Kraiterman LG

Drepana arcuata
© Jason Dombroskie

Drepana arcuata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
8500206252 – Two-Lined Hooktip Moth – Falcaria bilineata
Falcaria bilineata
© Werner Eigelsreiter LG

Falcaria bilineata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Falcaria bilineata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
Falcaria bilineata
© Roxanne Bertrand (Quebec.ca) LG
on Betula papyrifera
Falcaria bilineata
© Werner Eigelsreiter LG

Falcaria bilineata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Falcaria bilineata
© Canadian National Collection LG

Falcaria bilineata
© Jason Dombroskie

Falcaria bilineata
© Jason Dombroskie

8500216253Eudeilinia herminiata
Eudeilinia herminiata
© Canadian National Collection LG

8500236255 – Rose Hooktip Moth – Oreta rosea
Oreta rosea
© Tom Murray LG

Oreta rosea
© Tom Bentley LG

Oreta rosea
© Howell Curtis

Oreta rosea
© Seabrooke Leckie

Oreta rosea
© Tom Bentley

Oreta rosea
© Tom Murray LG

Oreta rosea
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Oreta rosea
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

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