Local Checklist for Early Spring Moths…

Below I list 12 families, 55 genera, and 72 species of moths (as “Hodges Numbers” for locating species images found in the online Moth Photographer’s Guide).  Look for these moth taxa–as well as others!–in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota from April through mid-May.

I’ll return to this page periodically to place an asterisk (*) and date (Month/Day) adjacent to genera/species I’ve observed during the 2014 season.  Click on the Hodges Number for ‘found/observed’ species to go directly to living images (and map) for each species archived on the MPG.

Plutellidae

___ Plutella (2366)

Elachistidae

___ Agonopterix (0889)

Tortricidae

___ Acleris (3510/3617)

___ Thyraylia (3847)

___ Syndemis (3672)

___ Proteoteras (3230/3233)

___ Epinotia (3294)

___ Pseudexentera?* Grand Forks, ND (04/11)

Alucitidae

___ Alucita* (2313) Turtle River State Park, ND (03/29)

Pterophoridae

___ Amblyptilia (6118)

___ Emmelina (6234)

Crambidae

___ Udea (5079)

___ Nomophila (5156)

Depranidae

___ Euthyatira (6240)

Geometridae

___ Hydriomena (7236)

___ Anticlea (7329)

___ Orthonama (7414)

___ Costaconvexa (7416)

___ Venusia (7428)

___ Horisme (7445)

___ Eupithecia (7474/7605)

___ Lobophora (7640)

___ Chlorochlamys (7071)

___ Alsophila (6258)

___ Melanolophia (6620)

___ Phigalia (6658/6660)

___ Paleacrita* (6662) Grand Forks, ND (04/11)

___ Metanema (6819)

___ Plagodis (6842)

___ Eutrapela (6966)

Lasiocampidae

___ Phyllodesma (7687)

Notodontidae

___ Gluphisi (7931)

Erebidae

___ Scoliopteryx (8555)

___ Phoberia (8591)

___ Caenurgina (8738/8739)

Noctuidae

___ Trichoplusia (8887)

___ Megalographa (8907)

___ Anagrapha (8924)

___ Simyra (9280)

___ Psaphida (10014)

___ Copivaleria (10021)

___ Xylena (9873/9874)

___ Homoglaea (9881)

___ Lithophane (9887/9888/9889/9892/9893/9891/9922/9928/9917/9910)

___ Eupsilia* (9933/9935/9936)  Grand Forks, ND (04/13)

___ Ufeus (11051)

___ Orthosia (10495)

___ Egira (10513)

___ Achatia (10518)

___ Morrisonia (10520)

___ Lacanobia (10297)

___ Mythimna (10438)

___ Peridroma (10915)

___ Euxoa (10731)

___ Agrotis (10663)

___ Cerastis (10994)

Local Small Arches and Summer Quaker Moths…

Erio 1Erio 2 Erio 3Erio 4 Erio 5Erio 6 Erio 7Erio 8

These images introduce selected local Small Arches and Summer Quaker Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamilies Noctuinae, Tribe Eriopygini).  The eight images of shown here represent three genera and six moth species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota. 

See if you can to identity a few of these moths by matching them with images found on pages 498-507 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth Book Click on the link below to find many other images of North American Small Arches and Summer Quaker Moths found in the Moth Photographer’s Guide http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=64.0&size=l&sort=p

Local Glyphs, Bird-Dropping Moths, Pantheas and Brothers…

Glyph 1Glyph 2 Glyph 7Glyph 3 Glyph 4Glyph 5 Glyph 6

These images introduce a our local Glyphs, Bird-dropping, Zigzag, and Brother Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamilies Eustrotiinae, Acontiidae, Pantheinae, and Dilobinae). The seven moths shown here represent five genera and seven species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota. 

See if you can to identity a few of these moths by matching them with images found on pages 384-393 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth Book Click on the link below to find many, many other images of North American noctuid moths archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/WalkThrough05.shtml

Twelve Unidentified Noctuids from Previous Years…

Carl’s Excedrin Headache No. 37: The Dirty Dozen…

Click on images to enlarge.   Bugguide.net numbers for specimens are found below.  Please send me a note if you think you may recognize any of these moths.  Thanks for looking.

BG 569304 BG 631839 BG 656746 BG 681607 BG 688472 BG 693408 BG 693413 BG 782263 BG 793260 BG 796887 BG 816783 BG 835384

Tomas Mustelin suggested identities for these specimens: Moth 1 – BG# 569304, Apamea cogitata; Moth 2- BG# 631839, Orthosia hibisci; Moth 3- BG# 656746, Orthodes cynica; Moth 4 – 681607, Lacinipolia mediata; Moth 5 – BG# 693408, Lacinipolia mediata; Moth 6 – BG# 693413, Lacinipolia mediata; Moth 7 – BG# 688472, Lacinipolia mediata; Moth 8 – BG# 782263, Melanchra adjuncta; Moth 9 – BG# 793260, Apamea sordens; Moth 10 - BG# 796887, Lacinipolia teligera; Moth 11 – BG# 816783, Mesapamea fractiliea; and Moth 12 – BG#835384, Lacinipolia olivaceaThank you, Tomas!

Local Plume and Many-Plumed Moths…

Ptero 8Ptero 3 Ptero 5Ptero 4 Ptero 6Ptero 1Ptero 9Ptero 10 These images introduce a few of our local Plume and Many-Plumed Moths (Families Pterophoridae and Alucitidae). The eight moths shown here represent eight genera and eight different species, I think, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.  These are very difficult moths to identity to the species level! 

See if you can to identity a few of these moths by matching them with images found on pages 124-131 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth Book Click on the link below to find other swell images of North American Plume Moths archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide   http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=15.0&size=l&sort=h  

Local Sparganothid Leafroller Moths…

Spar 1Spar 2Spar 4Spar 3BSpar 3Spar 3C These images introduce a few of our local Sparganothid Leafrollers(Family Tortricidae, Subfamilies Torticinae, Tribe Sparganothidini). The six moths shown here represent three genera and four different species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.

Try to identity a couple of these moths by matching these photographs with images found on pages 102-107 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth Book Click on the link below to to view images of these and many other species of Sparganothid Leafroller Moths catalogued in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=09.2&size=l&sort=h

Local Crambid Moths: Family Crambidae…

Cram 1Cram 3B Cram 14Cram 20Cram 4Cram 12B Cram 13BCram 16 Cram 24Cram 17 Cram 7Cram 18 Cram 19Cram 9Cram 19BCram 19CCram 23Cram 22Cram 5Cram 26Cram 27Cram 21

These images introduce some of our local Crambid Moths (Family Crambidae, Subfamilies Scoparinae, Crambinae [excluding the genus Crambus, which was introduced here on 07 March 2014], Schoenobiinae, Acentropinae, and Glaphyriinae).  Note: The subfamily Pyraustinae is excluded here because it was introduced earlier, on 21 March 2014.  The collage of 22 images of moths shown here represent 16 genera and 19-21 different species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.

Try to identity some of these moths by matching these images with photographs found on pages 146-147 and 150-165 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth Book Click on this link to to view images of these as well many, many other species of Crambid Moths found online in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=12.0&size=l&sort=h