Moths in Minnesota

Minnesota is home to several beautiful moths like the green luna moth having a flowing tail, and the painted lichen moth with a colorful appearance. The cecropia moth with a wingspan of about 6 inches is the state’s largest. Once, a hiker spotting the cecropia while crossing a particular Minnesota trail described it as big as a monster.

The European gypsy moth also thrives here, particularly, in the western and eastern parts of the state, mostly infesting shrubs and deciduous trees.

Common Moths: Isabella Tiger Moth, Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth, European Gypsy Moth

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

Erebidae Moths

  • European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
  • Virginia Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica)
  • Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)
  • White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
  • Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculata)
  • Painted Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia fucosa)
  • White Underwing Moth (Catocala relicta)
  • American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)
  • Fall Webworm Moth (Hyphantria cunea)
  • Leconte’s Haploa (Haploa lecontei)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Luna Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Hawk Moths

  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)
  • Waved Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Laurel Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Blinded Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecatus)
  • Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)
  • Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth (Hyles euphorbiae)
  • Elm Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia amyntor)

Owlet Moths

  • Variegated Brindle Moth (Abrostola urentis)
  • Glassy Cutworm Moth (Apamea devastator)
  • Copper Underwing Moth (Amphipyra pyramidea)
  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana)
  • Bronzed Cutworm Moth (Nephelodes minians)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Celery Looper Moth (Anagrapha falcifera)
  • White-speck Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Brother Moth (Raphia frater)
  • Colorful Zale Moth (Zale minerea)
  • Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth (Orthosia hibisci)
  • Henry’s Marsh Moth (Acronicta insularis)

Prominent Moths

  • Red-marked Tentmaker Moth (Clostera apicalis)
  • Black-rimmed Prominent Moth (Pheosia rimosa)
  • Sigmoid Prominent Moth (Clostera albosigma)

Geometer Moths

  • White-fringed Emerald Moth (Nemoria mimosaria)
  • Chickweed Geometer Moth (Haematopis grataria)
  • Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth (Speranza pustularia)
  • Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)
  • White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata)
  • Gem Moth (Orthonama obstipata)

Crambidae Moths

  • Chestnut-marked Pondweed Moth (Parapoynx badiusalis)
  • Elegant Grass-veneer Moth (Microcrambus elegans)
  • Celery Leaftier Moth (Udea rubigalis)
  • Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)

Erebidae Moths

  •  Isabella Tiger Moth (Parapoynx badiusalis)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)
  • Common Idia Moth (Idia aemula)
  • St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)

Clearwing Moths

  • Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae)

Tortrix Moths

  • Oblique Banded Leaf Roller (Melittia cucurbitae)

Plume Moths

  • Yarrow Plume Moth (Gillmeria pallidactyla)