Moths in Nebraska

Nebraska has different beautiful moth species, one of them being the green luna moth with a long flowing tail dwelling in the state’s southeastern part. The cecropia moth with a 6-inch wingspan is the state’s largest, commonly found all around but not seen readily since they get active only at night. One could even find the sphinx moth species here closely replicating a hummingbird. The white-lined sphinx moth with prominent pink bands is one of them. 

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

Common Moths: White-lined Sphinx Moth, Cecropia Moth, Chickweed Geometer Moth

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

Hawk Moths

  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)

Geometer Moths

  • Chickweed Geometer Moth (Haematopis grataria)
  • Common Gray Moth (Anavitrinella pampinaria)
  • Wavy-lined Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerata)
  • White Spring Moth (Lomographa vestaliata)

Tropical Ermine Moths

Erebidae Moths

Owlet Moths

  • Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea)
  • Cabbage Looper Moth (Trichoplusia ni)
  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana)
  • Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)
  • Celery Looper Moth (Anagrapha falcifera)
  • Henry’s Marsh Moth (Acronicta insularis)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba)

Bagworm Moths

  • Evergreen Bagworm Moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)

Clearwing Moths

  • Grape Root Borer Moth (Vitacea polistiformis)

Plume Moths

  • Morning-glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Two-spotted Herpetogramma Moth (Herpetogramma bipunctalis)