Moths in Utah

The state of Utah has different moths, the prominent ones belonging to the Sphingidae and Noctuidae families. The hummingbird hawm moth is said to be the state’s largest moth. In fact, onlookers have mentioned seeing these giant moths, replicating a hummingbird with a colorful appearance. Moths of several other families like the Noctuidae also thrive here. In Salt Lake and Utah counties of Utah, the common clothes moth and the meal moth are found, infesting closets and even pantries.

Large Moths: Hummingbird Hawk Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth, Cecropia Moth

Common Moths: Achemon Sphinx Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth, Five-spotted Hawkmoth

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

Hawk Moths

  • Achemon Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha achemon)
  • White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
  • Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata)
  • Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx occidentalis)
  • Apple Sphinx Moth (Sphinx gordius)
  • Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
  • Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)
  • One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)
  • Vashti Sphinx Moth (Sphinx vashti)
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

Owlet Moths

  • Army Cutworm Moth (Euxoa auxiliaries)
  • Black Cutworm Moth (Agrotis ipsilon)
  • Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea)
  • Fall Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera frugiperda)
  • Glassy Cutworm Moth (Apamea devastator)
  • Pale Western Cutworm Moth (Agrotis orthogonia)
  • Corylus Dagger Moth (Acronicta falcula)
  • Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba)

Snout Moths

Clothes Moth

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Wolly Grass Veneer Moth (Thaumatopsis pexella)
  • Vagabond Crambus Moth (Agriphila vulgivagellus)
  • Alfalfa Webworm Moth (Loxostege cereralis)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Glover’s Silkmoth (Hyalophora gloveri)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Common Sheep Moth (Hemileuca eglanterina)
  • Hera Buckmoth (Hemileuca hera)
  • Nuttall’s Sheep Moth (Hemileuca nuttalli)

Geometer Moths

  • Virgin Moth (Protitame virginalis)
  • Barberry Geometer Moth (Coryphista meadii)
  • Bent-line Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)
  • Common Gray Moth (Anavitrinella pampinaria)
  • Creosote Moth (Digrammia colorata)

Prominent Moths

  • Pale Prominent Moth (Oligocentria pallid)

Erebidae Moths

  • Northern Arches (Drasteria hudsonica)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia Isabella)
  • Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)
  • Joined Underwing Moth (Catocala juncture)
  • Ranchman‚Äôs Tiger Moth (Platyprepia virginalis)

Lappet Moths

  • Western Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma californicum)

Carpenter Moths

  • Carpenterworm Moth (Prionoxystus robiniae)

Flower Moths

  • Banded Scythris Moth (Scythris trivinctella)

Tineid Moths

  • Household Casebearer Moth (Phereoeca uterella)