Moths in Colorado

Colorado has several prominent moth species, some found outdoors, while many inhabiting indoors, dwelling in food and clothing.

Moth infestation is one of the common problems in Colorado, mainly caused by the Miller moth seen in mid or late spring. The Indian mealmoth found here is another in the list damaging dried fruits and food grains. Then there are common clothes and codling moths attacking clothes and fruits (pears and apples), respectively.

Common moths: Miller Moth, Indianmeal Moth, Black Witch Moth

Large moths: Big Poplar Sphinx, Achemon Sphinx Moth, American Dagger Moth

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

Owlet Moths

  • Miller Moth/Army Cutworm (Acronicta leporine)
  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta Americana)
  • Afflicted Dagger Moth (Acronicta afflicta)
  • American Dun-bar Moth (Cosmia calami)
  • Bristly Cutworm Moth (Lacinipolia renigera)
  • Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth (Colocasia propinquilinea)

Hawk Moths

  • Achemon Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha Achemon)
  • Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx occidentalis)
  • Blinded Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecatus)

Snout Moths

Erebidae Moths

Tortrix Moths

Saturniidae Moths

  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

 Lappet Moths

  • American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Genista Broom Moth (Uresiphita reversalis)

Clothes Moths