Moths in Delaware

Delaware has about 130 recorded species, the largest moths belonging to the Saturniidae family.  The white-lined sphinx moths having a prominent pink band, and the brownish tersa sphinx moth are commonly found here. When it comes to an infestation the Indian meal moth, and the common clothes moth tops the list, mostly found in food grains, and fabrics.

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth, Luna Moth, White-lined Sphinx

Common Moths: White-lined Sphinx Moth, Tersa Sphinx Moth

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

Hawk Moths

  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
  • Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)

Owlet Moths

  • Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)
  • True Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea)
  • Chalcedony Midget Moth (Elaphria chalcedonia)
  • Cloaked Marvel Moth (Chytonix palliatricula)
  • Grateful Midget Moth (Elaphria grata)
  • Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Bristly Cutworm Moth (Lacinipolia renigera)
  • Tufted Bird Dropping Moth (Cerma cerintha)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Tuliptree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Clothes Moths

Erebidae Moths

  • Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
  • Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)
  • Dogbane Tiger Moth (Cycnia tenera)
  • Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia miniata)
  • Ambiguous Moth (Lascoria ambigualis)
  • Faint-spotted Palthis Moth (Palthis asopialis)
  • Common Idia Moth (Idia aemula)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)
  • Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth (Evergestis rimosalis)
  • Orange Mint Moth (Pyrausta orphisalis)
  • Elegant Grass-veneer Moth (Microcrambus elegans)

Geometer Moths

  • Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)
  • Celery Leaftier Moth (Udea rubigalis)
  • The Gem Moth (Orthonama obstipata)
  • One-spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)
  • Common Tan Wave Moth (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)
  • Barberry Geometer Moth (Coryphista meadii)
  • Toothed Brown Moth (Xanthorhoe lacustrata)

Tortrix Moth

  • Tufted Apple Bud Moth (Platynota idaeusalis)
  • Garden Tortrix Moth (Clepsis peritana)
  • Red-banded Leafroller Moth (Argyrotaenia velutinana)

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)

Snout Moths

  • Indianmeal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)