Moths in West Virginia

As per the research conducted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, it was deduced that the state has over 2000 moth species, 800 being documented. Some prominent ones include the mottled gray carpet moth with a unique pattern, the pinkish-yellow rosy maple moth, and the yellowish-brown tulip tree beauty.

Large Moths: Tulip-tree Beauty Moth, Giant Leopard Moth, Io Moth

Here is the list of moths found in West Virginia Moth arranged in order of the family they belong.

Geometer Moths

  • Mottled Gray Carpet Moth (Cladara limitaria)
  • Tulip-tree Beauty Moth (Epimecis hortaria)
  • Confused Eusarca Moth (Eusarca confusaria)
  • False Crocus Geometer Moth (Xanthotype urticaria)
  • Texas Gray Moth (Glenoides texanaria)
  • White Slant-line Moth (Tetracis cachexiata)
  • Promiscuous Moth (Macaria promiscuata)
  • Honest Pero Moth (Pero honestaria)
  • Small Engrailed Moth (Ectropis crepuscularia)
  • Bent-line Gray (Iridopsis larvaria)
  • Blackberry Looper Moth (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)
  • Olive-and-black Carpet Moth (Acasis viridata)
  • Oak Besma Moth (Besma quercivoraria)
  • Red-fringed Emerald Moth (Nemoria bistriaria)
  • Gray Spring Moth (Lomographa glomeraria)
  • Four-barred Gray Carpet Moth (Aethalura intertexta)
  • Canadian Melanolophia (Melanolophia canadaria)
  • Kent’s Thorn Moth (Selenia kentaria)
  • Brown-shaded Gray Moth (Iridopsis defectaria)

Saturniidae Moths

  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicund)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Tuliptree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)

Erebidae Moths

  • Penitent Underwing Moth (Catocala piatrix)
  • The Bride Moth (Catocala neogama)
  • Red-lined Panopoda (Panopoda rufimargo)
  • Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)
  • Swamp Belle Moth (Colobochyla interpuncta)
  • Ambiguous Moth (Lascoria ambigualis)
  • Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia Isabella)
  • Colorful Zale Moth (Zale minerea)

Tortrix Moth

  • Dark-spotted Aethes Moth (Aethes mymara)
  • Gray Leafroller Moth (Syndemis afflictana)
  • Red-banded Leafroller Moth (Argyrotaenia velutinana)
  • Multiform Leafroller Moth (Acleris flavivittana)
  • Black Dash Epinotia Moth (Epinotia sotipena)

Owlet Moths

  • American Dagger Moth (Acronicta Americana)
  • Herald Dart Moth (Feltia herilis)
  • Indigo Stem Borer Moth (Papaipema baptisiae)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Variegated Midget Moth (Elaphria versicolor)
  • Beautiful Wood Nymph (Eudryas grata)
  • Dusky Groundling Moth (Condica vecors)

Prominent Moths

  • Black-blotched Schizura (Schizura leptinoides)

Hawk Moths

Crambid Snout Moths

  • Elegant Grass-veneer Moth (Microcrambus elegans)
  • Bold Medicine Moth (Chrysendeton medicinalis)
  • Hollow-spotted Blepharomastix Moth (Blepharomastix ranalis)
  • Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta acrionalis)