Moths in Alaska

Alaska has long winters and short summers, so the state does not have too many moths. However, notable species, some with a striking appearance like the hummingbird such as the snowberry clearwing moth, and the white-lined sphinx moth thrive here. The gypsy moth, known for its heavy infestation, has also been spotted in different Alaskan terrain.

Common Moths:  White-lined Sphinx Moth, Gypsy Moth, Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Large Moths: Galium Sphinx Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth, Great Brocade Moth

 Here is the list of moths found in Alaska arranged in order of the family they belong to.

Erebidae Moths

  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
  • Wood Tiger Moth (Parasemia plantaginis)
  • Rusty Tussock Moth (Orgyia antique)
  • The Herald Moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

Geometer Moths

  • Spear-marked Black Moth (Rheumaptera hastate)
  • White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata)

Owlet Moths

  • Great Brocade Moth (Eurois occulta)

Hawk Moths 

  • Galium Sphinx Moth (Hyles gallii)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Galium Sphinx Moth (Hyles gallii)

Tortrix Moths

  • Dusky Leafroller Moth (Orthotaenia undulana)

Ermine Moths

  • Bronze Alder Moth (Argyresthia goedartella)