Moths in Louisiana

Of the several moths thriving in Louisiana, the most common ones include the luna moth of the Saturniidae family found throughout the year, mostly at night. Moths resembling the hummingbird like the snowberry clearwing, and hummingbird clearwing moths also inhabit parts of the state, observed during the day and at night. The other frequently sighted moths are the colorful salt marsh moth and the white, spotted fall webworm moth belonging to the Erebidae family.

Large Moths: Luna Moth,Io Moth,Giant Leopard Moth

Common Moths: Luna Moth, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Salt Marsh Moth

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Buck Moth ( Hemileuca maia)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)

Erebidae Moths

  • Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)
  • Fall Webworm Moth (Hyphantria cunea)
  • Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)
  • Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)
  • Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)
  • Vetch Looper Moth (Caenurgia chloropha)
  • Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
  • Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora)
  • Douglas-fir Tussock Moth (Orgyia pseudotsugata)
  • Faint-spotted Palthis Moth (Palthis asopialis)
  • American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)
  • White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
  • Moonseed Moth (Plusiodonta compressipalpis)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Painted Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia fucosa)
  • Lead-colored Lichen Moth (Cisthene plumbea)
  • Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Salvinia Stem-borer Moth (Samea multiplicalis))
  • Waterlily Leafcutter Moth (Elophila obliteralis)
  • Elegant Grass-veneer Moth ( Microcrambus elegans)
  • Celery Leaftier Moth (Udea rubigalis)
  • Bluegrass Webworm Moth (Parapediasia teterrellus)
  • Hawaiian Beet Webworm (Spoladea recurvalis)
  • Assembly Moth (Samea ecclesialis)
  • Black Duckweed Moth (Elophila tinealis)

Hawk Moths

  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
  • Banded Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha fasciatus)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugubris)
  • Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
  • Walnut Sphinx Moth (Amorpha juglandis)
  • Pandorus Sphinx (Eumorpha pandorus)

Lappet Moths

Owlet Moths

  • Wedgling Moth (Galgula partita)
  • Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)
  • Common Spragueia Moth (Spragueia leo)
  • Black-bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)
  • Pearly Wood-nymph Moth (Eudryas unio)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Green Cutworm Moth (Anicla infecta)

Flannel Moths

Tortrix Moths

  • Garden Tortrix Moth (Clepsis peritana)
  • Javelin Moth (Bactra verutana)
  • Oblique Banded Leaf Roller Moth (Choristoneura rosaceana)
  • Bidens Borer Moth (Epiblema otiosana)

Geometer Moths

  • Curved-toothed Geometer Moth (Eutrapela clemataria)
  • Drab Brown Wave Moth (Lobocleta ossularia)
  • Pannaria Wave Moth (Leptostales pannaria)
  • Large Maple Spanworm Moth (Prochoerodes lineola)
  • Brown-shaded Gray Moth (Anacamptodes defectaria)
  • Dot-lined Wave Moth (Idaea tacturata)
  • Southern Emerald Moth (Synchlora frondaria)
  • Cross-lined Wave Moth (Timandra amaturaria)
  • Red-bordered Emerald Moth (Nemoria lixaria)
  • Cypress Looper Moth (Iridopsis pergracilis)
  • Bent-lined Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)
  • Common Tan Wave (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)

Burnet Moths

  • Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth (Harrisina americana)

Tropical Ermine Moths

Prominent Moths

  • White-dotted Prominent Moth (Nadata gibbosa)

Snout Moths

  • Maple Webworm Moth (Pococera asperatella)
  • Sweetgum Leafroller Moth (Sciota uvinella)

Cup Moths

  • Spiny Oak-slug Moth (Euclea delphinii)