Moths in Arkansas

Arkansas has many moth species inhabiting throughout the state, of which only a few have been recorded. The snowberry clearwing moth, eight-spotted forester moth, and yellow-collared scape moth occur during the day. On the other hand, the luna moth is seen at night, particularly during spring and summer.

Of the pests known to cause a lot of damage to crops and plants, some include the corn earworm moth, tobacco budworm, and the gypsy moth.

Large Moths: Luna Moth, Polyphemus Moth, Pandora Sphinx Moth

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

Erebidae Moths

  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
  • Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
  • Dead-wood Borer Moth (Scolecocampa liburna)
  • Merry Melipotis Moth (Melipotis jucunda)
  • Texas Mocis Moth (Mocis texana)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)

Hawk Moths

  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)

Owlet Moths

  • Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea)
  • Tobacco Budworm Moth (Heliothis virescens)
  • Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Variegated Cutworm Moth (Peridroma saucia)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Black-bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)
  • Green Cutworm Moth (Anicla infecta)
  • Dusky Groundling Moth (Condica vecors)
  • Eight-spot Moth (Amyna axis)
  • Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth (Ponometia candefacta)
  • Grateful Midget Moth (Elaphria grata)

Acrolophidae Moths

  • Clemens’ Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus popeanella)

Twirler Moths

  • Red-necked Peanutworm Moth (Stegasta bosqueella)

Prominent Moths

  • Double-lined Prominent Moth (Lochmaeus bilineata)

Tortrix Moths

  • Red-banded Leafroller Moth (Argyrotaenia velutinana)

Geometer Moths

  • Packard’s wave Moth (Cyclophora packardi)
  • Brown-shaded Gray Moth (Iridopsis defectaria)
  • Elm Spanworm Moth (Ennomos subsignaria)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Variable Reddish Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta rubricalis)
  • American Lotus Borer Moth (Ostrinia penitalis)
  • Waterlily Leafcutter Moth (Elophila obliteralis)