Moths in Kansas

Kansas has moths of different families thriving here, some seasonal, while a few found all year-round. Those of the Saturniidae family are the biggest, while the armyworm and army cutworm moths of the Noctuidae family have a reputation of being annoying pests.

Large Moths: Polyphemus Moth, Luna Moth, Regal Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)

Owlet Moths

  • Army Cutworm Moth (Euxoa auxiliaries)
  • Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta)
  • Black-barred Brown Moth (Plagiomimicus pityochromus)
  • Gray Looper Moth (Rachiplusia ou)
  • Bleeding Flower Moth (Schinia sanguine)
  • Alfalfa Looper Moth (Autographa californica)
  • Lacinipolia erecta
  • Heliothis phloxiphaga

Hawk Moths

Geometer Moths

  • Chickweed Geometer Moth (Haematopis grataria)
  • Soft-lined Wave Moth (Scopula inductata)

Erebidae Moths

  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia Isabella)
  • Texas Mocis (Mocis texana)
  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)