Moths in Alabama

The most commonly sighted moths in Alabama include the uniquely patterned green cloverworm moth, the pretty green luna moth, and the black-bordered lemon moth identified through their yellow wings spotted in black.

The Indianmeal moth of the Pyralidae family is considered a serious pest here, mostly infesting cereals.

Large Moths: Luna Moth, Black-bordered Lemon Moth, Giant Leopard Moth

Common Moths: Green Cloverworm Moth, Black-bordered Lemon Moth, Luna Moth

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

Erebidae Moths

  • Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)
  • Common Idia Moth (Idia aemula)
  • American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)
  • Faint-spotted Palthis Moth (Palthis asopialis)
  • White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
  • Smoky Tetanolita Moth (Tetanolita mynesalis)
  • Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)
  • Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth (Anticarsia gemmatalis)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Vetch Looper Moth (Caenurgia chloropha)
  • Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata)
  • Fall Webworm Moth (Hyphantria cunea)
  • Agreeable Tiger Moth (Spilosoma congrua)
  • Moonseed Moth (Plusiodonta compressipalpis)
  • False Underwing Moth (Allotria elonympha )
  • Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)
  • Deadwood Borer Moth (Scolecocampa liburna)
  • Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)
  • Lead-colored Lichen Moth (Cisthene plumbea)
  • Black Bit Moth (Celiptera frustulum)
  • Harnessed Tiger Moth (Apantesis phalerata)

Owlet Moths

  • Black-bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)
  • Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)
  • Green Cutworm Moth (Anicla infecta)
  • Bent-lined Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)
  • Wedgling Moth (Galgula partita)
  • Grateful Midget Moth (Elaphria grata)
  • Chalcedony Midget Moth (Elaphria chalcedonia )
  • Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Soybean Looper Moth (Chrysodeixis includens)
  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana)
  • Rustic Quaker Moth (Orthodes majuscule)
  • Twin-dotted Owlet Moth (Macrochilo hypocritalis)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia)
  • Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)
  • Yellowstriped Oakworm Moth (Anisota peigleri)

Hawk Moths

  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
  • Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugubris)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Walnut Sphinx Moth (Amorpha juglandis)
  • Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
  • Azalea Sphinx (Darapsa choerilus)

Geometer Moths

  • Tulip-tree Beauty Moth (Epimecis hortaria)
  • One-spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)
  • Curved-toothed Geometer Moth (Eutrapela clemataria)
  • Brown-shaded Gray Moth (Anacamptodes defectaria)
  • Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)
  • Common Tan Wave (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)
  • Porcelain Gray Moth (Protoboarmia porcelaria)
  • Somber Carpet Moth (Disclisioprocta stellata)
  • Red Bordered Wave Moth (Idaea demissaria)
  • Drab Brown Wave (Lobocleta ossularia)
  • Texas Gray Moth (Glenoides texanaria)
  • Small Engrailed Moth (Ectropis crepuscularia)
  • White Spring Moth (Lomographa vestaliata)
  • Showy Emerald Moth (Dichorda iridaria)

Snout Moths

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Bluegrass Webworm Moth (Parapediasia teterrellus)
  • Elegant Grass-Veneer (Microcrambus elegans )
  • Splendid Palpita Moth (Palpita magniferalis)
  • Celery Leaftier Moth (Udea rubigalis)
  • Waterlily Leafcutter Moth (Elophila obliteralis)
  • Media Moth (Samea baccatalis)
  • Snowy Urola Moth (Urola nivalis)
  • Grape Leaffolder Moth (Desmia funeralis)
  • Dewy Leafcutter Moth (Eoparargyractis irroratalis)
  • Gold-striped Grass-Veneer Moth (Microcrambus biguttellus)

Tortrix Moth

  • Garden Tortrix Moth (Clepsis peritana)

Tropical Ermine Moths

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)

Snout Moths

  • Yellow-fringed Dolichomia Moth (Hypsopygia olinalis)
  • Sweetgum Leafroller Moth (Sciota uvinella)
  • Maple Webworm Moth (Pococera asperatella)

Prominent Moths

  • White-dotted Prominent (Nadata gibbosa)