Moths (Lepidoptera)

Note: I am just starting to learn the moths, and these photos are some of my first few attempts to capture images of them. Most of these identifications have been made either with:
-Eastern Moths by Covell, or using the excellent
-Moth Photographers Group web pages. Click here to access their superb site.

If you can identify any of my unknown moths at the bottom of the page, please let me know! The identifications provided so far are from Bob Patterson and Jim Vargo, thanks! Bob has been a tremendous help in getting most of these moths identified, so many thanks to him in particular.

Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

13 Aug 2003, Rabun County, GA

  Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

14 Aug 2003, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County, GA

  Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)

22 Apr 2004, Eglin AFB, FL

  Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)

24 Apr 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County, GA

  Luna Moth (Actias luna)

12 Aug 1994, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County, GA


  Orange-patched Smoky Moth (Pyromorpha dimidiata)

26 May 2004, Helton Creek, Union County, GA

  possibly Rare Spring Moth (Heliomata infulata)

1 May 2002, Mt Cheaha, Cleburne County, AL

  Herculia olinalis

10 Sep 2002, Chattahoochee River, Heard County, GA

  Peachtree Borer Moth (Synanthedon exitiosa)

10 Sep 2003, Pine Log WMA, Bartow County, GA

  Bella Moth (Utethesia bella)

11 Nov 2003, Long County, GA

  Bella Moth (Utethesia bella)

5 Nov 2005, Long County, GA

  Ornate Moth (Utethesia ornatrix)

3 Mar 2004, Long County, GA

  Red-bordered Emerald (Nemoria lixaria)

27 Mar 2004, McIntosh County, GA

  Crocus Geometer (Xanthotype sospeta)

9 Apr 2004, Eglin AFB, FL

  Small-eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops)

23 Apr 2004, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County, GA

  Common Spring Moth (Heliomata cycladata)

23 Apr 2004, Unicoi State Park, White County, GA

  Eyed Dysodia (Dysodia oculatana)

5 May 2004, Conasauga River, Polk County, TN

Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)

22 Aug 2004, Jesup, Wayne County, GA

  Mournful Thyris (Thyris sepulchralis)

15 Apr 2005, Flint River, Talbot County, GA

  Mournful Thyris (Thyris sepulchralis)

16 May 2005, High Falls Sate Park, Monroe County, GA

  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth (Tarachidia candefacta)

12 May 2005, Boggy Gut, Richmond County, GA

  Tulip Tree Beauty Moth (Epimecis hortaria)

4 Jul 2005, Marietta, Cobb County, GA

  Riley's Clearwing Moth (Synanthedon rileyana)

1 Sep 2005, Fannin County, GA

  Obscure Pondweed Moth (Paraponyx obscuralis)

10 Sep 2005, G Smith State Park, Emanuel County, GA

  Polka-dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais jucundissima)

15 Oct 2005, Tallahassee area, FL





Unidentified Moths

  Red-waisted Florella Moth (Syngamia florella)

16 Jan 2004, Broward County, FL


17 Mar 2004, Williams Bluff, Early County, GA

  Black Zale (Zale undularis)

9 Apr 2004, Eglin AFB, FL

  Drasteria sp.

10 Apr 2004, Eglin AFB, FL

  possibly Basswood Olethreutes M.
(Olethreutes tiliana)

17 May 2004 #1, Taylor County, GA

  Pyralid Moth Pyrausta insequalis [subsequalis]

17 May 2004, Taylor County, GA

  possibly Simple Wave Moth (Scopula junctaria)

3 Jun 2004, Ohoopee Dunes, Emanuel County, GA

  St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

13 Jul 2004, Glacier National Park, MT

  Common Spragueia Moth (Spragueia leo)

23 Jul 2004, Aucilla River, Thomas County, GA


A Grass Veneer Moth (Crambus satrapellus)

22 Aug 2004, Laurens County, GA

  Festive Midget Moth (Elaphria festivoides) complex

28 Sep 2004, G Smith State Park, Emanuel County, GA

  a Grass Veneer Moth (Fissicrambus sp. nr. profanellus)

17 Sep 2005, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Early County, GA

  Lynx Flower Moth  (Schinia lynx)
(thanks to Chuck Harp for ID)

18 Sep 2005, Williams Bluff, Early County, GA








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