Moths in Michigan

Michigan is home to different moth species, some being regular inhabitants, while few are seasonal. For instance, in 2018, the white-lined sphinx moth and the spurge hawk moth, both with adept flying abilities, were regularly seen in the flower gardens. 

The four giant silk moth species found here standing out due to their remarkable color pattern and unique appearance include luna, cecropia,  polyphemus, and promethea.

Another species that needs mention is the gypsy moth. From 1800 until the present, its outbreak has caused immense damage to several trees, mainly red and white oaks. The American dagger moth’s caterpillar, found along hiking trails, has also been a cause of concern due to its tendency to sting, resulting in itching or skin irritation.

Common Moths: White-lined Sphinx Moth, Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, European Gypsy Moth

Large Moths: Luna Moth, Polyphemus Moth, Cecropia Moth

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

Erebidae Moths

  • European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar dispar)

Hawk Moths

  • Hummingbird Hawk-Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineate)
  • Spurge Hawk-Moth (Hyles euphorbiae)
  • Achemon Sphinx (Eumorpha Achemon)
  • Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Darapsa Myron)
  • Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

Tropical Ermine Moths

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actius luna)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)
  • Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis)

Owlet Moths

  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana)
  • Afflicted Dagger Moth (Acronicta afflicta)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Spotted Beet Webworm Moth (Hymenia perspectalis)

Snout Moths

  • American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)