Moths in Connecticut

Most of the moths found in Connecticut belong to the Sphingidae family. Some prominent ones include the pink-banded white-lined sphinx moth and the pandora sphinx moth with pink edges and eyespots. Then, there are the beautiful moths of the Saturniidae family, like luna, rosy maple, and io, alongside the unique-patterned moths of the Erebidae and Geometer families such as the yellow-collared scape moth and scallop moth. 

The gypsy moth is an infamous pest defoliating hardwood trees and causing immense damage.

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

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

Hawk Moths

  • Achemon Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha achemon)
  • Pandorus Sphinx (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Azalea Sphinx Moth (Darapsa choerilus)
  • Hydrangea Sphinx Moth (Darapsa versicolor)
  • Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)
  • Abbott’s Sphinx Moth ( Sphecodina abbottii )
  • Lettered Sphinx Moth (Deidamia inscriptum)
  • Bed-straw Hawk Moth (Hyles gallii)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
  • Slender Clearwing Moth (Hemaris gracilis)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • Ello Sphinx Moth (Erinnyis ello)
  • Northern Pine Sphinx Moth (Lapara bombycoides)
  • Southern Pine Sphinx Moth (Lapara coniferarum)
  • Pawpaw Sphinx Moth (Dolba hyloeus)
  • Hermit Sphinx Moth (Lintneria eremitus)
  • Trumpet Vine Sphinx Moth (Paratrea plebeja)
  • Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis)
  • Five-spotted Hawk Moth (Manduca quinquemaculata)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Laurel Sphinx Moth (Sphinx kalmiae)
  • Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth (Sphinx drupiferarum)
  • Clemen’s Sphinx Moth  (Sphinx luscitiosa)
  • Apple Sphinx Moth (Sphinx gordius)
  • Waved Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Elm Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia amyntor)
  • Pink-spotted Hawk Moth (Agrius cingulata)
  • Walnut Sphinx Moth (Amorpha juglandis)
  • Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus jamaicensis)
  • Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)
  • Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
  • Huckleberry Sphinx Moth (Paonias astylus)
  • Blinded Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecatus)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Orange-tipped Oakworm Moth (Anisota senatoria)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)
  • Buck Moth ( Hemileuca maia)
  • New England Buck Moth (Hemileuca lucina)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Ailanthus Silkmoth (Samia cynthia)
  • Tulip-tree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)

Erebidae Moths

  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
  • Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
  • Dark-spotted Palthis Moth (Palthis angulalis)
  • Little Virgin Tiger Moth (Grammia virguncula)
  • Clover Looper Moth (Caenurgina crassiuscula)

Geometer Moths

  • Common Gray Moths (Anavitrinella pampinaria)
  • Scallop Moth (Cepphis armataria)
  • Bent-line Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)
  • Sharp-angled Carpet Moth (Euphyia intermediate)

Silkworm Moths

  • Spotted Apatelodes Moth (Apatelodes torrefacta)

Prominent Moths

  • Saddled Prominent Moth (Heterocampa guttivitta)

Burnet Moths

  • Orange-patched Smoky Moth (Pyromorpha dimidiate)