Monthly Archives: April 2014

Local Pyralid Moths: Family Pyralidae…

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These images introduce selected examples of our local Pyralid Moths (Family Pyralidae).  The 35 images shown here probably represent at least 26 genera and 33-35 different species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.  Candidly, I find genera and species in this family frustratingly difficult to identify!  Why don’t you try to identity a few of these moths by matching above images with those found on pages 132-147 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  Good luck!  Moth Book Click on this link to the Moth Photographer’s Guide to find images of these and many, many other examples of North American Pyralid Moths:   http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=13.0&size=l&sort=h     

Local Olethreutine Moths: Subfamily Olethreutinae…

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These images introduce selected examples of our local Olethreutine Moths (Family Tortricidae, Subfamily Olethreutinae).  The 40 moth images shown here represent 15 genera and 38-40 different species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.

Try to identity several of these moths by matching them with images shown on pages 106-125 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  This is hard work!  Good luck!  Moth Book Click on this link to the Moth Photographer’s Guide to find images of these and many, many other examples of North American Olethreutine Moths:    http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=08.0&size=l&sort=h

Our Local Living Fossil and Some Micromoths…

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These photos introduce our local living fossil (Family Hepialidae) and selected local examples various micromoths (Families Tineidae, Bucculatricidae, Gracillariidae, Ypsolophidae, Plutellidae, and Elachistidae).  The 22 images shown here represent 18 genera and 22 moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.

Can you can identity some of these moths?  Give this a try by matching these photographs with images found on pages 26-59 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth BookThe Moth Photographer’s Guide has been an excellent resource for helping me become familiar with the overwhelming diversity of our North American moths.  Click on this link to sneak-a-peek at the micromoths archived in the MPG:   http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=01&size=l&sort=h