Moths in South Carolina

South Carolina has several moth species from different families, like the green luna moth of the silk moth family and the unique hummingbird moths of the hawk moth families. There are some unique moths, too, like the gold-striped leaftier moth with a golden body marked with black stripes or the yellow-vested moth with an attractive yellow patch on top. The Asian gypsy moth, on the other hand, is one of the noted pests here, causing damage to several shrubs and plants.

Large Moths: Luna Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)

Hawk Moths

Tineid Moths

  • European Grain Worm Moth (Nemapogon granella)
  • Yellow Wave Moth (Hybroma servulella)
  • Clemens’ Bark Moth (Xylesthia pruniramiella)
  • Brown-dotted Clothes Moth (Niditinea fuscella)
  • Carpet Moth (Trichophaga tapetzella)
  • Skunkback Monopi (Monopis dorsistrigella)
  • Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella)

Acrolophidae Moths

  • Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus arcanella)
  • Cresson’s Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus cressoni)
  • Dark Acrolophus Moth (Acrolophus morus)
  • Frilly grass tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus mycetophagus)
  • Panama Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus panama)
  • Piger Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus piger)
  • Eastern Grass-Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus plumifrontella)
  • Clemens’ Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus popeanella)
  • Walsingham’s Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus propinquus)
  • Texas Grass Tubeworm Moth (Acrolophus texanella)

Bagworm Moths

  • Basicladus celibates
  • Abbot’s Bagworm Moth (Oiketicus abbotii)
  • Evergreen Bagworm Moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)

Locust Digitate Leaf Miner

  • Sumac Leafblotch Miner (Caloptilia rhoifoliella)
  • Tallow Leafroller Moth (Caloptilia triadicae)
  • White Pine Barkminer Moth (Marmara fasciella)
  • Spotted Tentiform Leafminer Moth (Phyllonorycter blancardella)
  • Citrus Leafminer Moth (Phyllocnistis citrella)

Grass Miner Moths

  • Locust Leaf Roller Moth (Agonopterix robiniella)
  • Thelma’s Agonopterix Moth (Agonopterix thelmae)
  • Gold-striped Leaftier Moth (Machimia tentoriferella)
  • Black-fringed Leaftier Moth (Psilocorsis cryptolechiella)
  • Dotted Leaftier Moth (Psilocorsis reflexella)

Flat-bodied Moths

  • Zeller’s Ethmia Moth (Ethmia zelleriella)
  • Pale gray Bird-dropping Moth (Antaeotricha leucillana)
  • Dotted Anteotricha Moth (Antaeotricha humilis)
  • Vestal Moth (Antaeotricha albulella)
  • Yellow-vested Moth (Rectiostoma xanthobasis)

Autostichidae Moths

  • Kyoto Moth (Autosticha kyotensis)

Concealer Moths

  • Schlaeger’s Fruitworm Moth (Antaeotricha schlaegeri)
  • Black-marked Inga Moth (Inga sparsiciliella)
  • Orange-headed Epicallima Moth (Epicallima argenticinctella)
  • Newman’s Mathildana Moth (Mathildana newmanella)

Cosmet Moths

  • Kermes Scale Moth (Euclemensia bassettella)
  • Nepotula secura

Twirler Moths

  • Pink-washed Aristotelia (Aristotelia roseosuffusella)
  • Banded Jack-pine Needleminer Moth (Coleotechnites canusella)
  • Coleotechnites Flower Moth (Coleotechnites florae)
  • Indented Dichomeris Moth (Dichomeris inserrata)
  • Glaser’s Dichomeris Moth (Dichomeris bolize)

Clearwing Moths

  • Raspberry Crown Borer Moth (Pennisetia marginata)
  • Grape Root Borer Moth (Vitacea polistiformis)
  • Dogwood Borer Moth (Synanthedon scitula)
  • Lesser Peachtree Borer Moth (Synanthedon pictipes)
  • Horsenettle Borer Moth (Synanthedon rileyana)
  • Currant Clearwing Moth (Synanthedon tipuliformis)
  • Maple Callus Borer Moth (Synanthedon acerni)
  • Persimmon Borer Moth (Sannina uroceriformis)
  • Eupatorium Borer Moth (Carmenta bassiformis)
  • Clematis Clearwing Moth (Alcathoe caudate)

Metalmark Moths

  • Peacock Brenthia Moth (Brenthia pavonacella)
  • Skullcap Skeletonizer Moth (Prochoreutis inflatella)
  • Everlasting Tebenna Moth (Tebenna gnaphaliella)

Cossid Millers Moths

  • Black-lined Carpenterworm Moth (Inguromorpha basalis)
  • Anna Carpenterworm Moth (Givira anna)
  • Pecan Carpenterworm Moth (Cossula magnifica)
  • Locust Borer Moth (Prionoxystus robiniae)
  • Little Carpenterworm Moth (Prionoxystus macmurtrei)

Tortrix Moths

  • Maple Tip Borer Moth (Episimus tyrius)
  • Mottled Marble Moth (Bactra furfurana)
  • Javelin Moth (Bactra verutana)
  • Tulip-tree Leaftier Moth (Paralobesia liriodendrana)
  • Grape Berry Moth (Paralobesia viteana)
  • Nantucket Pine Tip Moth (Rhyacionia frustrana)
  • Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)

Erebidae Moths

  • Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar asiatica)
  • Pearly-winged Lichen Moth (Crambidia casta)
  • Lead-colored Lichen Moth (Cisthene plumbea)
  • Packard’s Lichen Moth (Cisthene packardii)
  • Joyful Holomelina Moth (Virbia laeta)
  • Immaculate Holomelina Moth (Virbia immaculate)
  • Arge Moth (Grammia arge)