Learning Local Moths: An Online Guide

Quiz 1.8

Moths of Northeastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota

Carl D. Barrentine, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Etched on the moth’s wings / the story of a man’s life / powder to the touch 

Nicholas Christopher, American poet

This resource provides living images of more than almost 550 species of moths found in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota (principally Grand Forks and Polk Counties, 2011-13).  We may have as many as 2,200 species of moths in North Dakota, just a portion of the estimated 12-15,000 moth species in North America, so my local list of moths is not comprehensive–it’s merely introductory.

This online guide is pedagogically designed as a introductory learning tool for those who wish to identity of our local moths. The arrangement of moth images in this resource follows the taxonomical order found in the first edition (2012) of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, by David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie (http://www.amazon.com/Peterson-Field-Northeastern-America-Guides/dp/0547238487/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1396916993&sr=8-3&keywords=david+beadle). 

Most, but not all, of our common local moth species can be found in the Peterson Field Guide. Living and preserved images of all our common local moth species can be found in the more comprehensive Moth Photographers Group (http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/), an online resource dedicated to archiving images of all North American moth fauna.

In addition to referencing relevant page numbers to moth images found the Peterson Field Guide, this 40-part pedagogical resource also provides online links to taxonomically relevant portions of the Moth Photographers Group.  It is essential to become familiar with both of these useful resources if you are planning to identify our local moths.

To learn more about the identification of moths, consider subscribing to these three wonderful Facebook resources: ‘Mothing and Moth-Watching’ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/137219092972521/ ),  ‘Moths of the Eastern North America’ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothsofeasternnorthamerica/ ), and ‘Moths of Canada’ (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moths-of-Canada/186787638064357).

Finally, to learn more about the many Moths of North Dakota, you are strongly encouraged visit Dr. Jerry Fauske’s informative website (https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~gefauske/ndmoths/home.htm).  Jerry is our expert on North Dakota moths.

One more thing.  Have you heard about National Moth Week?  Click here to learn more: http://nationalmothweek.org/

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Learning Local Moths: Begin here by scrolling through these images.

1) See pages 27-59, Peterson Field Guide– Ghost Moths and Assorted Micromoths (18 genera, 22 species)

Micro 1Micro 3Micro 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/01/our-local-living-fossil-and-some-micromoths/

2) See pages 61-69 – Twirler Moths (7-8 genera, 10-11 species)

Gel 11Gel 10Gel 7

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/30/twirler-moths-family-gelechiidae/

3) See pages 85-89 – Tortrix Leafroller Moths (1 genus, 7-11 species)

Acleris 4Acleris 11BAcleris 9

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/02/our-local-acleris-a-consternating-genus/

4) See pages 90-95 – Cochylid Moths (5 genera, 8 species)

Coch 2Coch 6Coch 4

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/31/local-cochylid-moths-tribe-cochylini/

5) See pages 97-102 – Archips Leafroller Moths (8 genera, 16 species)

Arch 1Arch 16Arch 15

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/09/common-local-archips-leafrollers-tribe-archipini/

6) See pages 103-107 – Sparganothid Leafrollers Moths (3 genera, 4 species)

Spar 3BSpar 4Spar 1

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/03/local-sparganothid-leafroller-moths/

7) See pages 107-125 – Olethreutine Moths (15 general, 38-40 species)

Ole 14Ole 28Ole 22

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/01/local-olethreutine-moths-subfamily-olethreutinae/

8) See pages 125-131 – Plume and Many-Plume Moths (8 genera, 8 species)

Ptero 1Ptero 5Ptero 10

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/03/local-plume-and-many-plumed-moths/

9) See pages 133-147 – Pyralids (26 genera, 33-35 species)

Py 30BPy 14Py 12

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/01/local-thyatirid-and-scoopwing-moths/

10) See pages 147-151 – Crambus Grass-veneer Moths (1 genus, 10-11 species)

Crambus 2Crambus 7Crambus 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/07/our-local-crambus-the-grass-veneer-moths/

11) See pages 147; 151-165 – Non-Crambus Grass-Veneers, Donacaulas, Aquatic Crambids, and Assorted Crambid Moths (16 genera, 19-21 species)

Cram 19BCram 17Cram 13B

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/01/local-crambid-moths-family-crambidae/

12) See pages 165-175 – Pyraustine Moths (15 genera, 20 species)

Pyra 8Pyra 18BPyra 17

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/21/local-pyraustine-moths-subfamily-pyraustinae/

13) See pages 177-179 – Thyatirids and Scoopwing Moths (3 genera, 3 species)

Dep 2BDep 1Dep 3

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/01/local-thyatirid-and-scoopwing-moths/

14) See pages 181-199 – Carpet and Pug Moths (14 genera, 16 species)

Laren 13BLaren 10Laren 5C

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/08/local-carpets-and-pugs-subfamily-larentiinae/

15) See pages 199-207 – Wave and Emerald Moths (5 genera, 9 species)

Wave 1CWave 9Wave 3

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/31/local-wave-and-emerald-moths-family-geometridae/

16) See pages 209-245 – Typical Geometers (31 genera, 38-39 species)

Geo 31Geo 15Geo 11

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/31/typical-geometer-moths-subfamily-ennominae/

17) See pages 247-249 – Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths (3 genera, 4 species)

Lasio 3CLasio 2BLasio 1

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/21/local-tent-caterpillar-and-lappet-moths/

18) See pages 255-269 – Giant Silkworm and Sphinx Moths (9 genera, 13 species)

Sphinx 12Sphinx 8BSphinx 7B

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/02/larger-moths-saturniidae-and-sphingidae/

19) See pages 271-287 – Prominent Moths (11 genera, 14 species)

Noto 8CNoto 6Noto 4

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/09/common-prominents-family-notodontidae/

20) See pages 293-295 – Lichen Moths (3 genera, 5 species)

Lith 3Lith 2Lith 5

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/14/local-lichen-moths-tribe-lithosiini/

21) See pages 295-309 – Tiger Moths (14 genera, 18 species)

Gram 2Gram 8BGram 11

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/14/common-local-tiger-moths-subfamily-arctiinae/

22) See pages 311-321 – Litter Moths (6 genera, 14 species)

Herm 1Herm 8BHerm 2

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/12/local-litter-moths-subfamily-herminiinae/

23) See pages 323-327 – Snout Moths (1 genus, 4 species)

Hypen 1Hypen 3Hypen 2

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/22/local-snout-moths-subfamily-hypeninae/

24) See pages 327-363 – Underwings, Zales and Related Owlet Moths (5 genera, 12 species)

Ereb 3Ereb 7Ereb 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/22/underwings-zales-and-related-owlets/

25) See pages 369-373 – Nola and Baileya Moths (3 genera, 3-4 species)

Nol 2Nol 1ENol 3

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/31/nola-moths-family-nolidae/

26) See pages 375-383 – Looper Moths (10 genera, 15 species)

Anagrapha falcifera 5Plus 1Plus 6

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/07/our-local-loopers-subfamily-plusiinae/

27) See pages 385-393 – Glyphs, Bird-Dropping, Zigzag and Brother Moths (5 genera, 7 species)

Glyph 2Glyph 1Glyph 7

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/07/local-glyphs-bird-dropping-moths-pantheas-and-brothers/

28) See pages 395-407 – Dagger Moths (3 genera, 12-14 species)

Acro 1Acro 11Acro 9

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/15/common-local-daggers-subfamily-acronictinae/

29) See pages 407-409 – Hooded Owlet Moths (1 genus, 4 species)

Cucu 1Cucu 3Cucu 4

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/21/local-hooded-owlets-subfamily-cuculliinae/

30) See pages 409-415 – Amphipyrine Sallows (4 genera, 5 species)

Quiz 1.7Amph 4CAmph 5

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/23/local-amphipyrine-sallows-subfamily-amphipyrinae/

31) See pages 415-423 – Oncocnemidine Sallows, Wood-Nymphs, and Groundlings (5 genera, 8 species)

Sym 4Sym 6Sym 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/28/oncocnemidine-sallows-groundlings-and-wood-nymphs/

32) See pages 423-427 – Flower Moths (4 genera, 7 species)

Helio 6Helio 3Helio 2

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/12/common-flower-moths-subfamily-heliothinae/

33) See pages 429-439 – Phosphilas, Armyworms, Midgets, Rustics, Mirandas, and Angle Shades (7 genera, 8 species)

Noc 1Noc 5BNoc 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/31/some-assorted-local-noctuids/

34) See pages 441-461 – Apameas, Brocades, and Borer Moths (12 genera, 28 species)

pap 16Pap 15Pap 20

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/21/local-apamea-brocade-and-borer-moths/

35) See pages 463 and 471-481– Swordgrass Moths and Xylenine Sallows (15 genera, 19 species)

Xylen 5Xylen 8BXylen 13

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/22/local-swordgrass-and-xylenine-sallows/

36) See pages 465-469 – Lithophane Pinion Moths (1 genus, 8-12 species)

Lithophane 7Lithophane 2Lithophane 8

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/02/27/our-local-lithophane-a-fascinating-genus/

37) See pages 481-493 – Spring Quakers, Woodlings, Woodgrains, and Large Arches Moths (14 genera, 16 species)

Arches 10Arches 2Arches 1

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/09/spring-quakers-woodlings-woodgrains-and-arches/

38) See pages 495-499 – Wainscot Moths (3 genera, 5-6 species)

Leucan 1BLeucan 4Leucan 6B

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/29/local-wainscot-moths-tribe-leucaniini/

39) See pages 499-507 – Small Arches and Summer Quaker Moths (3 genera, 6 species)

Erio 6Erio 5Erio 2

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/04/07/local-small-arches-and-summer-quaker-moths/

40) See pages 507-527 – Dart Moths (14 genera, 26-27 species)

Noct 1Noct 22Noct 3B

https://dakotanaturalist.com/2014/03/13/common-darts-subfamily-noctuinae-tribe-noctuini/

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