Moths in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is home to varying moth species of different families, some like the Cecropia, and the luna noted for their colorful patterns. The cecropia moth having a wingspan of about seven inches is considered the largest here, mostly in season between May and June. The luna moth of the similar family as the cecropia inhabits around the same time as the latter.

Most of the moth species inhabit forest areas, especially oak and pine trees. The gypsy moth of the Erebidae family is an infamous pest, defoliating hardwood trees.

Large Moths: Luna Moth,Cecropia Moth, Polyphemus Moth

Common Moths: Luna Moth, Common Oak Moth, Banded Tussock Moth

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

Erebidae Moths

  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
  • Common Oak Moth (Phoberia atomaris)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Orange Holomelina Moth (Virbia aurantiaca)
  • Once-married Underwing Moth (Catocala unijuga)
  • Yellow-dotted Renia Moth (Renia flavipunctalis)
  • Andromeda Underwing Moth (Catocala andromedae)
  • Ilia Underwing Moth (Catocala ilia)
  • Ruby Tiger Moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)
  • Discolored Renia Moth (Renia discoloralis)
  • Serene Underwing Moth (Catocala serena)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)

Hawk Moths

Clothes Moths

  • Dark-collared Tinea Moth (Tinea apicimaculella)

Owlet Moths

  • Soybean Looper Moth (Chrysodeixis includes)
  • Brown Angle Shades Moth (Phlogophora periculosa)
  • Dotted Sallow Moth (Anathix ralla)
  • Darksided Cutworm Moth (Euxoa messoria)
  • Northern Burdock Borer Moth (Papaipema arctivorens)
  • Smith’s Dart Moth (Xestia smithii)
  • Implicit Arches Moth (Lacinipolia implicate)
  • Tobacco Budworm Moth (Chloridea virescens)
  • Unspotted Looper Moth (Allagrapha aerea)
  • Fall Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera frugiperda)
  • Black Wedge-spot Moth (Homophoberia apicosa)
  • Black-tailed Diver Moth (Bellura vulnifica)
  • Primrose Moth (Schinia florida)
  • Radcliffe’s Dagger Moth (Acronicta radcliffei)
  • Even-lined Sallow Moth (Ipimorpha pleonectusa)
  • American Angle Shades Moth (Euplexia benesimilis)
  • Unarmed Wainscot Moth (Leucania inermis)

Geometer Moths

  • Wavy-line Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerata)
  • False Hemlock Looper Moth (Nepytia canosaria)
  • Maple Spanworm Moth (Ennomos magnaria)
  • Wormwood Pug Moth (Eupithecia absinthiata)
  • Common Carpet Moth (Epirrhoe alternata)
  • Hubner’s Pero (Pero ancetaria)
  • Bent-line Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)
  • Elm Spanworm Moth (Ennomos subsignaria)

Twirler Moths

  • Solidago Gall Moth (Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Bicolored Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta bicoloralis)
  • Obscure Pondweed Moth (Parapoynx obscuralis)
  • Changeable Grass-veneer Moth (Fissicrambus mutabilis)
  • Gold-stripe Grass-veneer Moth (Microcrambus biguttellus)

Tortrix Moth

  • Hoffman’s Cochlid Moth (Cochylichroa hoffmanana)
  • Eastern Blackheaded Budworm Moth (Acleris variana)
  • Celiana’s Acleris (Acleris celiana)

Snout Moths

  • Zimmerman Pine Moth (Dioryctria zimmermani)

Clothes Moths

  • Clemens’ Bark Moth (Xylesthia pruniramiella)

Prominent Moths

  • Saddled Prominent Moth (Heterocampa guttivitta)
  • Morning-glory Prominent Moth (Schizura ipomoeaI)
  • Elegant Prominent Moth (Odontosia elegans)
  • White-blotched Heterocampa (Heterocampa umbrata)

Fruitworm Moths

  • Currant Fruitworm Moth (Carposina fernaldana)

Tuft Moths

  • Ashy Meganola (Meganola spodia)