Moths in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to several colorful and beautiful moths. Some prominent ones are the luna moth, rosy maple moth, and io moth. However, a few, like the carpet and gypsy moths, are unwelcome guests infesting fabrics and hardwood trees, respectively. In the past few years, there were even reports of the venomous hickory moth caterpillar roaming in the backyards of several North Carolina homes, causing itching in humans upon contact.

Moths in North Carolina (NC)

Large Moths: Luna Moth, Io Moth, Polyphemus Moth, Orange-tipped Oakworm Moth

Common Moths: Gypsy Moth, Hickory Tussock Moth, Polyphemus Moth 

Here is the list of moths found in North Carolina arranged in order of the family they belong to.

Saturniidae Moths

Geometer Moths

  • Angle-winged Emerald Moth (Chloropteryx tepperaria)
  • Red-fringed Emerald Moth (Nemoria bistriaria)
  • Red-bordered Emerald Moth (Nemoria lixaria)
  • Wavy-lined Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerata)
  • White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata)
  • Tissue Moth (Triphosa dubitata)
  • Toothed Brown Carpet Moth (Xanthorhoe lacustrata)
  • Somber Carpet Moth (Disclisioprocta stellata)
  • Unadorned Carpet Moth (Hydrelia inornata)

Hawk Moths

Prominent Moths

  • Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth (Datana ministra)

 American Silkworm Moths

Erebidae Moths