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.

Moths in Arkansas (AR)

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)