Moths in New Jersey

New Jersey has over 1500 moth species; some recorded while a few undocumented. The big ones include those belonging to the Saturniidae family, like the luna moth, io moth, and cecropia moth. In contrast, the rosy maple moth, the smallest of the silk moth family, also thrives here.

The list of giant-sized moths also included the pandora sphinx moth, and hummingbird clearwing moth of the Sphingidae family, large hypenodes moth of the Erebidae family, and so on. The clothes moth and flour moth species found here are infamous pests infesting fabric and food items.

Large Moths: Io Moth, Luna Moth, Pandora Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
  • Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Tuliptree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Nevada Buck Moth (Hemileuca nevadensis)
  • Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicund)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Regal MothCitheronia regalis)

Hawk Moths

  • Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
  • Great Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis)
  • Apple Sphinx Moth (Sphinx gordius)
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
  • Blinded Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecata)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

Erebidae Moths

  • Clouded Underwing Moth (Catocala nebulosa)
  • Definite Tussock Moth (Orgyia definite)
  • Tearful Underwing Moth (Catocala lacrymosa)
  • Spot-edged Dyspyralis Moth (Dyspyralis puncticosta)
  • Large Hypenodes Moth (Hypenodes caducus)
  • Immaculate Holomelina (Virbia immaculata)
  • Maple Looper Moth (Parallelia bistriaris)
  • Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae)
  • Virginia Tiger Moth (Grammia virgo)
  • Dark-banded Renia Moth (Renia factiosalis)
  • Cinnamon Tussock Moth (Dasychira cinnamomea)
  • Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)
  • Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)
  • Virginia Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica)
  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)

Prominent Moths

  • Apical Prominent Moth (Clostera apicalis)
  • Unicorn Caterpillar Moth (Schizura unicornis)
  • Black-spotted Prominent Moth (Dasylophia anguina)
  • Major Datana Moth (Datana major)
  • Contracted Datana (Datana contracta)

Flannel Moths

  • Black-waved Flannel Moth (Megalopyge crispate)

Owlet Moths

  • Harris’ Three Spot Moth (Harrisimemna trisignata)
  • Wedgling Moth (Galgula partita)
  • Explicit Arches Moth (Lacinipolia explicata)
  • Newman’s Brocade Moth (Meropleon ambifusca)
  • Large Mossy Lithacodia Moth (Protodeltote muscosula)
  • Gothic Dart Moth (Feltia subgothica)
  • Gray Hooded Owlet Moth (Cucullia florae)
  • Linda Waiscot Moth (Leucania linda)
  • Camphorweed Flower Moth (Schinia nubile)
  • Brown Flower Moth (Schinia saturata)
  • Black-banded Brocade Moth (Oligia modica)
  • Afflicted Dagger Moth (Acronicta afflicta)
  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana)
  • Three-lined Balsa Moth (Balsa tristrigella)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Lesser Vagabond Sod Webworm (Agriphila ruricolellus)
  • Curve-lined Vaxi (Argyria auratellus)
  • Pale-winged Crocidiphora Moth (Crocidophora tuberculalis)

Geometer Moths

  • Black-dotted Ruddy Moth (Ilexia intractata)
  • One-spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)
  • Three-spotted Fillip Moth (Heterophleps triguttaria)
  • Virgin Moth (Protitame virginalis)
  • Minor Angle Moth (Macaria minorata)
  • Topiary Grass-veneer Moth (Chrysoteuchia topiaria)
  • Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)

Casebearing Moths

  • Streaked Coleophora Moth (Coleophora cratipennella)

Tortrix Moths

  • Sparganothis Fruitworm Moth (Sparganothis sulfureana)
  • Locust Twig Borer Moth (Ecdytolopha insiticiana)
  • Diamondback Epinotia Moth (Epinotia lindana)
  • Constricted Sonia Moth (Sonia constrictana)
  • Bidens Borer Moth (Epiblema otiosana)

Clearwing Moths

  • Squash Vine Borer Moth (Melittia cucurbitae)

Cup Moths

  • Stinging Rose Moth (Parasa indetermina)

Bagworm Moths

  • Evergreen Bagworm Moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)

Shiny Head-standing Moths

  • Bronze Alder Moth (Argyresthia goedartella)

Twirler Moths

  • Many-spotted Dichomeris Moth (Dichomeris punctipennella)

Snout Moths

  • Crescent-winged Caudellia Moth (Caudellia apyrella)

Hooktip Moths

  • Rose Hooktip Moth (Oreta rosea)

Clothes Moths

Snout Moths