Moths in Georgia

Georgia has over 300 moth species of which about 54 of them are documented. Most of the moths inhabiting the state are a part of the Sphingidae or hawk moth family. The sphinx moth identified by the pink bands and stripes running across its wings is commonly seen in the southern parts. The orange Azalea Sphinx moth on the other hand rarely thrives here mainly in the northern and central portions.  The Polyphemus moth is the largest, mostly seen during the months of June-July

When it comes to pests, the Indianmeal moth is one of the most annoying of the lot, infesting stored products.

Common Moths: Banded Sphinx Moth, Carolina Sphinx Moth, Indianmeal Moth

Large Moths: Polyphemus Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth, Imperial Moth

Hawk Moths

  • Banded Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha fasciatus)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa Myron)
  • Lettered Sphinx Moth (Deidamia inscriptum)
  • Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugubris)
  • Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)
  • Azalea Sphinx Moth (Darapsa choerilus)
  • Plebeian Sphinx Moth (Paratrea plebeja)
  • Southern Pine Sphinx Moth (Lapara coniferarum)
  • Pandorus Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
  • Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
  • Elm Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia amyntor)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineate)
  • Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
  • Waved Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Walnut Sphinx Moth (Amorpha juglandis)
  • Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata)
  • Pink-spotted Hawkmoth (Agrius cingulata)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Abbot’s Sphinx Moth (Sphecodina abbotti)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicund)
  • Pine-devil Moth (Citheronia sepulcralis)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)
  • Tuliptree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)

Erebidae Moths

  • Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)
  • Packard’s Lichen Moth (Cisthene packardi)
  • Anna Tiger Moth (Grammia anna)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)
  • Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)
  • Dogbane Tiger Moth (Cycnia tenera)
  • Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia Isabella)
  • Leconte’s Haploa (Haploa lecontei)
  • Long-streaked Tussock Moth (Leucanopsis longa)
  • Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)

Snout Moths

Lappet Moths

American Silkmoths

  • Spotted Apatelodes (Apatelodes torrefacta)
  • The Angel Moth (Olceclostera angelica)

Hooktip Moths

  • Arched Hooktip Moth (Drepana arcuata)
  • Rose Hooktip Moth (Oreta rosea)