Moths in Virginia

Virginia has some of the most beautiful moth species, from the lovely green luna moth to the distinctly patterned bella moth. At the same time, the state even houses certain moth species like the brown house, gypsy, and Indian meal moths, infesting clothes, grains, and plants causing severe damage.

Common Moths: Luna Moth, Bella Moth, Rosy Maple Moth

Large Moths: Cecropia Moth, Luna Moth,Imperial Moth

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

Saturniidae Moths

  • Luna Moth (Actias luna)
  • Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicund)
  • Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
  • Tulip-tree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)
  • Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea Polyphemus)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)
  • Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)

Erebidae Moths

  • Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)
  • Gypsy Moths (Lymantria dispar)
  • Virginia Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)
  • Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)
  • Hibiscus Leaf Moth (Anomis private)
  • American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)
  • Bent-winged Owlet Moth (Bleptina caradrinalis)
  • Pink Bordered Yellow Moth (Phytometra rhodarialis)
  • Fall Webworm Moth (Hyphantria cunea)
  • Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
  • Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)
  • Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)
  • Virginia Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica)

Hawk Moths

Concealer Moths

Geometer Moths

  • False Crocus Geometer Moth (Xanthotype urticaria)
  • Chickweed Geometer Moth (Haematopis grataria)
  • Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)
  • Blackberry Lopper Moth (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)
  • Bicolored Angle Moth (Macaria bicolorata)
  • Juniper-twig Geometer Moth (Patalene olyzonaria)
  • Common Spring Moth (Heliomata cycladata)
  • Faint-Spotted Angle Moth (Digrammia ocellinata)
  • Faint-Spotted Angle Moth (Digrammia ocellinata)
  • Fine-lined Gray Moth (Exelis pyrolaria)
  • Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth (Speranza pustularia)
  • One-spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)
  • Pale Beauty Moth (Campaea perlata)
  • Tulip-tree Beauty Moth (Epimecis hortaria)

Flat-bodied Moths

  • Gold-striped Leaftier Moth (Machimia tentoriferella)

Owlet Moths

  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)
  • Black-bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)
  • Soybean Looper Moth (Chrysodeixis includes)
  • Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea)
  • Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba)
  • Bicolored Sallow Moth (Agrochola bicolorago)
  • Ipsilon Dart Moth (Agrotis ipsilon)

Slug  Moths

  • Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth (Lithacodes fasciola)
  • Graceful Slug Moth (Lithacodes gracea)

Tropical Ermine Moths

Snout Moths

Tineid Moths

Prominent Moths