Moths in New York

New York has over 1000 moth species, with the large ones mostly belonging to the silkmoth family. You would come across some unique species too. For instance, the pink star moth comes with a pinkish-yellow wing pattern, while the black-bordered lemon moth is noted for its yellow wings marked in black. The trouble-causing gypsy moth has been infamous for defoliating several forests across New York, particularly the western part of the state. The common clothes moth, mainly targetting clothes, has also made its presence felt throughout the state.

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Luna Moth, Polyphemus Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Owlet Moths

  • Fawn Brown Dart Moth (Euxoa pleuritica)
  • Pink Star Moth (Derrima stellata)
  • Black-bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)
  • Primrose Moth (Schinia florida)

Erebidae Moths

  • Chocolate Renia Moth (Renia nemorali)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)
  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)

Flannel Moths

  • Black-waved Flannel Moth (Megalopyge crispate)

Lappet Moths

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum)
  • Large Tolype Moth (Tolype velleda)

Clothes Moths