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An At-A-Glance Guide to Moths
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You may not have noticed the variety of shapes, colours and designs that moths display.
Here our collection of photographs is arranged by family groups.

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Geometridae - Geometrid Moths
These moths generally have slender bodies and broad wings.
The patterns and designs on their wings help them blend into the background.
Black-banded Carpet Moth, Antepirrhoe semiatrata
Olive and Black Carpet Moth, Acasis viridata
Brown-lined Looper, Neoalcis californiaria
White-ribboned Carpet Moth, Mesoleuca gratulata
September Thorn Moth, Synaxis pallulata
Black-banded
Carpet Moth,
Antepirrhoe semiatrata
Olive and Black
Carpet Moth,
Acasis viridata
Brown-lined Looper, Neoalcis californiaria
White-ribboned
Carpet Moth,
Mesoleuca gratulata
September Thorn Moth, Synaxis pallulata
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Welsh Wave Moth, Venusia cambric
Walnut Spanworm Moth, Phigalia plumogeraria
Chalky Pug Moth, Eupithecia cretaceata
Common Emerald Moth, Hemithea aestivaria
Eupithecia sp
Welsh Wave Moth, Venusia cambric
Walnut Spanworm Moth, Phigalia plumogeraria
Chalky Pug Moth, Eupithecia cretaceata
Common Emerald Moth, Hemithea aestivaria
Eupithecia sp
(no common name)
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Pale Beauty, Campaea perlata
Brownlined Looper, Neoalcis californiaria
Morrison's Pero Moth, Pero morrisonaria
Pale Beauty,
Campaea perlata
Brownlined Looper, Neoalcis californiaria
Morrison's Pero Moth, Pero morrisonaria
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Arctiidae - Tiger Moths
This family of moths has over 10,000 species.
Like tigers, they have bright colours or striking patterns.
Silverspotted Tiger Moth, Lophocampa argentata
Silverspotted Tiger Moth, Lophocampa argentata
Silverspotted Tiger Moth Caterpillar
Satin Moth, Leucoma salicis
Cinnabar Moth, Tyria jacobaeae
Silverspotted Tiger Moth, Lophocampa argentata
Silverspotted Tiger Moth, Lophocampa argentata
Silverspotted Tiger
Moth Caterpillar
Satin Moth,
Leucoma salicis
Cinnabar Moth,
Tyria jacobaeae
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Cinnabar Moth, Tyria jacobaeae
Cinnabar Moth,
Tyria jacobaeae
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Noctuidae - Owlet Moths
There are over 25,000 species of moths in this family.
Some are drab and others are colourful but they are all generally nocturnal like owls.
Cutworm Moth, Autographa sansoni
Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba
Yellow Underwing caterpillar, Noctua pronuba
Clear Dart, Euxoa declarata
Yellow-headed Cutworm, Apamea amputatrix
Cutworm Moth, Autographa sansoni
Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba
Yellow Underwing caterpillar, Noctua pronuba
Clear Dart,
Euxoa declarata
Yellow-headed Cutworm, Apamea amputatrix
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Alfalfa Looper, Autographa californica
Alfalfa Looper,
Autographa californica
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Crambidae - Crambid Snout Moths
Small Magpie Moth, Eurrhypara hortulata
Celery Leaftier, Udea rubigalis
Eudonia echo
Pyralid Moth, Herpetogramma sp
Small Magpie Moth, Eurrhypara hortulata
Celery Leaftier,
Udea rubigalis
Eudonia echo
(no common name)
Pyralid Moth, Herpetogramma sp
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Sphingidae – Sphinx or Hawk Moths
Moths in this family are very fast flyers and have long tongues or proboscis.
One-Eyed Sphinx Moth, Smerinthus cerisyi
Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thetis
One-Eyed Sphinx Moth, Smerinthus cerisyi
Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thetis
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Pterophoridae – Plume Moths
The moths in this family look like an airplane when perching.
Morning-glory Plume Moth, Emmelina monodactyla
Geranium Plume Moth, Amblyptilia pic
Morning-glory Plume Moth, Emmelina monodactyla
Geranium Plume Moth, Amblyptilia pic
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Tortricidae - Tortricid Moths
Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth, Choristoneura rosaceana
Zapulata Moth, Choristoneura zapulata
Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth, Choristoneura rosaceana
Zapulata Moth,
Choristoneura zapulata
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Lasiocampidae - Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths
Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth, Malacosoma disstria
Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth, Malacosoma disstria
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Oecophoridae - Concealer Moths
Oak-skeletonizer Moth, Carcina quercana
Oak-skeletonizer Moth, Carcina quercana
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Pyralidae - Snout Moths
Many of these moths are small and inconspicuous.
Meal Moth, Pyralis farinalis
Meal Moth,
Pyralis farinalis
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Choreutidae - Metalmark Moths
These moths have metallic-like markings on their wings.
Apple-and-thorn Skeletonizer, Choreutis pariana
Apple-and-thorn Skeletonizer,
Choreutis pariana
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At-A-Glance Guide to Butterflies
 
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