Moths in Iowa

Of the several moth species found in Iowa, the biggest belongs to the Saturniidae family, including the green luna moth, the reddish-brown cecropia moth, and the tan-colored polyphemus moth, with two prominent eyespots. You would also find many moths from the Sphingidae family throughout the state between February and November, inhabiting gardens and meadows. The pretty underwing moths noted for their orangish patch are majorly seen here from July to October.

Moths in Iowa (IA)

The gypsy moth’s (particularly the male) presence has been detected in Iowa since 2012, mainly infesting oak-hickory forests, causing significant damage to the trees.

Large Moths: Luna Moth, Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth

Common Moths: Luna Moth, Polyphemus Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

Hawk Moths

Erebidae Moths

Burnet Moths

  • Orange-patched Smoky Moth (Pyromorpha dimidiate)
  • Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth (Harrisina Americana)

Geometer Moths

  • Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerate)