Moths in North Dakota

North Dakota is home to quite a number of moths majorly belonging to the Sphingidae family. The stocky waved sphinx moth marked with wavy lines on its wings; and the big poplar sphinx moth having prominent markings and bands are few worth mentioning.

Large Moths: Big Poplar Sphinx Moth, Achemon Sphinx Moth, Waved Sphinx Moth

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

Hawk Moths

  • Waved Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia undulosa)
  • Vashti’s Sphinx Moth (Sphinx vashti)
  • Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus jamaicensis)
  • Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)
  • Achemon Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha achemon)
  • Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)
  • Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Elm Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia amyntor)
  • Hermit Sphinx Moth (Sphinx eremitus)
  • Apple Sphinx Moth (Sphinx gordius)
  • Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth (Sphinx drupiferarum)
  • Great Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis)
  • Blinded Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecatus)
  • Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
  • Anchemola Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha anchemola)
  • Titan Sphinx Moth (Aellopos titan)
  • Juanita Sphinx Moth (Proserpinus juanita)
  • Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles gallii)

Owlet Moths

  • Fall Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera frugiperda)
  • Army Cutworm Moth (Euxoa auxiliaries)
  • Variegated Cutworm Moth (Peridroma saucia)
  • Obelisk Dart Moth (Euxoa obeliscoides)
  • Celery Looper Moth (Anagrapha falcifera)
  • Obelisk Dart Moth (Euxoa obeliscoides)
  • Spotted Buff Gem Moth (Heliothis phloxiphaga)
  • Pink-barred Lithacodia Moth (Pseudeustrotia carneola)

Lappet Moths

  • Large Tolype Moth (Tolype velleda)
  • Cabbage Looper Moth (Trichoplusia ni)

Ghost Moths

  • Four-spotted Ghost Moth (Sthenopis purpurascens)

Erebidae Moths

  • Forage Looper (Caenurgina erechtea)
  • Virginia Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica)
  • Pearly-winged Lichen Moth (Crambidia casta)
  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)

Snout Moths

  • Meal Moth (Pyralis farinalis)

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Alfalfa Webworm Moth (Loxostege cereralis)
  • Beet Webworm Moth (Loxostege sticticalis)
  • Snowy Urola Moth (Urola nivalis)
  • Common Grass-veneer Moth (Crambus praefectellus)
  • Dogbane Saucrobotys Moth (Saucrobotys futilalis)
  • Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)
  • Leach’s Grass-veneer Moth (Crambus leachellus)

Tortrix Moths

  • Garden Tortrix Moth (Clepsis peritana)

Geometer Moths

  • Filament Bearer Moth (Nematocampa resistaria)
  • Fall Cankerworm Moth (Alsophila pometaria)

Many-Plumed Moths

  • Montana Six-plume Moth (Alucita montana)

Clearwing Moths

  • Virginia Creeper Clearwing Moth (Albuna fraxini)