Monthly Archives: March 2014

Quiz 1: Learning Local Moths…

Try to identify the family and genus for each one of the ten moths shown below.  Use the Peterson Field Guide or the online version of the Moth Photographers Guide (click here: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/WalkThroughIndex.shtml). Good luck!  Answers will to Quiz 1 will be posted with Quiz 2.

Moth 1

Quiz 1.1

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 2

Quiz 1.2 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 3

Quiz 1.3 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 4

Quiz 1.4 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 5

Quiz 1.5

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 6

Quiz 1.6

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 7

Quiz 1.7

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 8

Quiz 1.8

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 9

Quiz 1.9

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 10

Quiz 1.10

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Local Swordgrass and Xylenine Sallows…

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These photographs introduce our Swordgrass Moths and Xylenine Sallows (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Noctuinae, Tribe Xylenini).  Excluded from this display are the Pinion Moths (genus Lithophane) because that group was already introduced in an earlier post on this site (on 27 February 2014).  The 21 images of moths shown here represent 15 genera and 19 different species found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Why don’t you try to identity a few of these moths by matching these images with those found on pages 462-463 and 470-481 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on the link below to view many other fine photographs of Swordgrass Moths and Xylenine Sallows displayed in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=62.0&size=l&sort=p

Underwings, Zales, and Related Owlets…

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These photographs introduce our local Underwings, Zales, and Related Owlets (Family Erebidae, Subfamilies Erebinae, Rivulinae, and Scoliopteryginae).  The 14 images shown here represent five genera and 12 different moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

See if you can identity these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 326-363 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many species of Underwing and Zale Moths (genus Catocala and Zale) in North America.  Click on the link below to find photographs of these displayed in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=53.0

 

Local Snout Moths: Subfamily Hypeninae…

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These photographs introduce our local Snout Moths (Family Erebidae, Subfamily Hypeninae).  Moths shown here represent four different species and one genus, all found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

See if you can identity these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 322-327 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on the link below to view examples of these and other species of Hypeninae archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=24&page=6&size=s&sort=h

Local Apamea, Brocade, and Borer Moths…

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These photographs introduce selected local Apamea, Brocade, and Borer Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Noctuinae, Tribes Apameini and Arzamini).  Moths shown here represent 12 genera and 28 different species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Learning to identify moths is a lot like learning to identify birds.  See if you can identity some of these moths by carefully matching images shown above with those found on pages 440-461 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many, many species of Apamea, Brocade, and Borer Moths in North America.  Click on the link below to learn more about these and other species catalogued in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=30&sort=h

Local Hooded Owlets: Subfamily Cuculliinae…

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These images introduce our local Hooded Owlet Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Cuculliinae).  Images shown here probably represent four species, all of which belong to one genus.  These specimens were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.

See if you can identity a couple of these moths by matching these images with those on pages 406-409 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Go to this link in the Moth Photographer’s Guide to view many other splendid examples of Hooded Owlet Moths found in the genus Cucullia: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=31&page=15&size=s&sort=h

 

Local Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths…

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These six photographs introduce our local Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths (Family Lasiocampidae).  Images shown here represent three genera and four species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.

Try to identity some of these moths yourself by matching these photographs with those found on pages 246-249 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on this link to the Moth Photographer’s Guide to view other Lasiocampid Moths: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=18.0&size=l&sort=h

 

Local Pyraustine Moths: Subfamily Pyraustinae…

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These images introduce our local Pyraustine Moths (Family Crambidae, Subfamily Pyraustinae).  Examples of moths shown here represent 15 genera and 20 species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Try to identity some of these moths yourself by matching photographs shown here with those found on pages 164-175 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many species of Pyraustine Moths in North America.  Click on this link to the Moth Photographer’s Guide to view these and other crambid moth species in this subfamily: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=12.1&sort=h

Local Daggers: Subfamily Acronictinae…

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This photograph introduces our local Dagger Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Acronictinae).  Shown here are examples of  three genera and 12-14 species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.  Candidly, I find that some individuals in the genus Acronicta are particularly difficult to identify to the species level. 

Why don’t you try to identity some of these moths yourself by matching photographs shown here with those found on pages 394-407 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many species of Dagger Moths in North America.  If you’d like to see other Acronictinae, then click on this link in the Moth Photographer’s Guide to view other photographs of North American Daggers: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=29&sort=h

Common Local Tiger Moths: Subfamily Arctiinae…

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This collage of photographs introduces our common local Tiger Moths (Family Erebidae, Subfamily Arctiinae, Tribe Arctiini).  Shown here are examples of  14 genera and 18 species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.

Try learning the identity of several of these moths by matching photographs shown here with those found on pages 294-309 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many more species of Tiger Moths in North Dakota and Minnesota, and I hope to add photographs of more local species to this subfamily during the summer of 2014.   Browse this link to look at other examples of North American Tiger Moths archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=51.0&page=2