Moths in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has about 130 moth species, with most of them being a part of the sphinx and clearwing family.  The cecropia moth, one of the prominent species of North America, is the largest moth of the state, with a striking appearance because of its brown wings marked with red spots.  The white-lined sphinx is another attractive moth found here, with white lines and pink bands running across its body.

However, the state even has some species that are annoying pests. The Indian meal moth is one of them, feeding on pantry items. The gypsy moth, especially in its larval form, causes immense damage to the oak trees.

Moths in Pennsylvania (PA)

Common Moths: Cecropia Moth, American Dagger Moth, Indianmeal Moth

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Five-spotted Hawk Moth, Imperial Moth

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

Owlet Moths

Hawk Moths

Saturniidae Moths

Snout Moths

  • Indianmeal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Erebidae Moths

Cossid Millers Moths

Clearwing Moths

Tortrix Moths

  • Bidens Borer Moth (Epiblema otiosana)
  • Angular Aethes Moth (Aethes angulatana)
  • Filbertworm Moth (Cydia latiferreana)
  • Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella)
  • Omnivorous Leafroller (Platynota stultana)
  • Three-lined Leafroller Moth (Pandemis limitata)
  • Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth (Choristoneura rosaceana)
  • Tufted Apple Bud Moth (Platynota idaeuslais)
  • Yellow-winged Oak Leafroller Moth (Argyrotaenia quercifoliana)
  • Sparganothis Fruitworm Moth (Sparganothis sulfureana)
  • Banded Olethreutes Moth (Olethreutes fasciatana)
  • Garden Tortrix Moth (Clepsis peritana)

American Silkworm Moths