Moths in Arizona

In Arizona, the moth season spans from spring through fall, with one witnessing several beautiful species thronging the state then. The southeastern part is home to mostly the moths of the Sphingidae family, medium or large in size, having a steady flying ability. However, a few of the moth species particularly the clothes moths often infest homes during the time they are in season, damaging clothes and other things.

Common Moths: White-lined Sphinx Moth, Common Clothes Moth, Tobacco Hornworm Moth

Large Moths: Black Witch Moth, Rustic Sphinx Moth, Northern Giant Flag Moth

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

Hawk Moths

  • Pink-spotted Hawkmoth (Agrius cingulata)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
  • One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)
  • Obscure Sphinx Moth (Erinnyis obscura)
  • Typhon Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha typhon)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Mountain Royal Moth (Syssphinx montana)
  • Oslar’s Eacles (Syssphinx montana)
  • Splendid Royal Moth (Syssphinx montana)
  • Hubbard’s Silk Moth (Syssphinx montana)
  • Isara Small Silk Moth (Adeloneivaia isara)
  • Tricolor Buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
  • Rand’s Eyed Silk Moth (Automeris randa)
  • Mexican Agapema (Agapema anona)
  • Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta)

Clothes Moths

Geometer Moths

  • Seraph Moth (Olceclostera seraphica)
  • Red Girdle Moth (Caripeta aequaliaria)
  • Nemoria arizonaria

Prominent Moths

  • Small Heterocampa Moth (Heterocampa subrotata)

Erebidae Moths

  • Veined Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha venosa)
  • Northern Giant Flag Moth (Dysschema thetis)
  • Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)

 Owlet Moths

  • Staghorn Cholla Moth (Euscirrhopterus cosyra)
  • Two-spotted Forester Moth (Alypiodes bimaculata)
  • Frothy Moth (Plagiomimicus spumosum)

Clearwing Moths

  • Western Poplar Clearwing (Paranthrene robiniae)
  • Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae)