Moths in Indiana

Indiana is home to several moth species, some beautiful ones from the Saturniidae family like the cecropia, luna, and io moth, alongside a few unique ones of the Erebidae family such as the darling underwing moth and the widow underwing moth. The cecropia moth, with black or brown wings and a wingspan of approximately 6 inches, is the biggest moth in the state.

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth, Pandora Sphinx Moth  

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)
  • Tuliptree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)
  • Pine-devil Moth (Citheronia sepulcralis)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
  • Honey Locust Moth (Syssphinx bicolor)
  • Nevada Buckmoth (Hemileuca nevadensis)
  • Orange-tipped Oakworm Moth (Anisota senatoria)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis )

Hawk Moths

  • Lettered Sphinx Moth (Deidamia inscriptum)
  • Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)
  • Abbot’s Sphinx Moth (Sphecodina abbottii)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Azalea Sphinx Moth (Darapsa choerilus)
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • Hermit Sphinx Moth (Lintneria eremitus)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Elm Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia amyntor)
  • Waved Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus jamaicensis)
  • Small Eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
  • Walnut Sphinx Moth (Amorpha juglandis)
  • Apple Sphinx Moth (Sphinx gordius)
  • Great Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis)

Owlet Moths

  • Golden Borer Moth (Papaipema cerina)
  • Stalk Borer Moth (Papaipema nebris)
  • Burdock Borer Moth (Papaipema cataphracta)
  • Northern Burdock Borer Moth (Papaipema arctivorens)
  • Aster Borer Moth (Papaipema impecuniosa)
  • Ash Tip Borer Moth (Papaipema furcata)
  • Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba)
  • Connected Looper Moth (Plusia contexta)
  • Unspotted Looper Moth (Allagrapha aerea)
  • Golden Looper Moth (Argyrogramma verruca)
  • Spectacled Nettle Moth (Abrostola urentis)
  • Harris’ Three-spot Moth (Harrisimemna trisignata)
  • Beautiful Wood-nymph Moth (Eudryas grata)
  • Grapevine Epimenis Moth (Psychomorpha epimenis)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Pearly Wood-nymph Moth (Eudryas unio)

Euteliidae Moths

  • Beautiful Eutelia Moth (Eutelia pulcherrima)
  • Eyed Paectes Moth (Paectes oculatrix)
  • Dark Marathyssa Moth (Marathyssa inficita)
  • Light Marathyssa Moth (Marathyssa basalis)

Erebidae Moths

  • Mother Underwing Moth (Catocala parta)
  • Clinton’s Underwing Moth (Catocala clintoni)
  • Sweetheart Underwing Moth (Catocala amatrix)
  • Darling Underwing Moth (Catocala cara)
  • Clouded Underwing Moth (Catocala nebulosa)
  • Little Lined Underwing Moth (Catocala lineella)
  • Woody Underwing Moth (Catocala grynea)
  • Widow Underwing Moth (Catocala vidua)
  • Penitent Underwing Moth (Catocala piatrix)
  • The Bethroted Underwing Moth (Catocala innubens)
  • The Bride Moth (Catocala neogama)
  • Youthful Underwing Moth (Catocala subnata)
  • Ultronia Underwing Moth (Catocala ultronia)
  • Oldwife Underwing Moth (Catocala palaeogama)
  • Charming Underwing Moth (Catocala blandula)
  • White Underwing Moth (Catocala relicta)
  • Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata)
  • Locust Underwing Moth (Euparthenos nubilis)
  • Virgin Tiger Moth (Grammia virgo)
  • Harnessed Tiger Moth (Apantesis phalerata)

Hooktip Moths

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

Metalmark Moths

Apple Leaf Skeletonizer (Choreutis pariana)

Flat Moths

  • Aurora Flatbody Moth (Semioscopis aurorella)