Some Assorted Local Noctuids…

Noc 1Noc 2 Noc 3Noc 4 Noc 5Noc 5B Noc 6Noc 6B Noc 7Noc 7BNoc 8 These images introduce our local Phosphila, Armyworm, Wedgeling, Rustic, Miranda, and Angle Shade Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Noctuinae, Tribes Pseudeusrotrotiini, Prodeniini, Elaphriini, Caradrinini, and Phlogophorini).  The 11 moths shown here represent seven genera and eight species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.

See if you can identity a few of these moths by matching these images with those found on pages 428-439 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 these as well as many, many more images of these Noctuinae:  http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=61.0&size=l&sort=p

Nola Moths: Family Nolidae…

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These images introduce our local Nola Moths (Family Nolidae).  Moths shown here represent three genera and 3-4 species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Spend some time trying to identity these Nolas by matching photographs found here with images shown on pages 368-373 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 many, many more images of Nola Moths:  http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=55.0 

Twirler Moths: Family Gelechiidae…

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These images introduce some of our local Twirler Moths (Family Gelechiidae).  Images shown here probably represent 7-8 different genera and 10-11 species, all of which were found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.    Candidly, I find these ‘Microleps’, these very small Twirler Moths, very difficult to find, extremely difficult photograph, and exceedingly difficult to identify.  😉 

Why don’t you try to identity a few of these moths by matching these Twirler Moth images with images found on pages 60-69 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 many, many more images of Gelechiid Moths: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=04&size=l&sort=h

 

Local Wainscot Moths: Tribe Leucaniini…

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These photographs introduce our common local Wainscot Moths (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Noctuinae, Tribe Leucaniini).  Images shown here represent three genera and 5-6 species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

I find Wainscot moths very difficult to identify, so I’m hoping to get more familiar with this group of moths in the coming year.  See if you can identity a few of these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 494-499 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 images of these and many other North American Wainscots: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=32&page=10&size=s&sort=h

Oncocnemidine Sallows, Groundlings and Wood-Nymphs…

  Sym 1Sym 2Sym 3Sym 5 Sym 6Sym 7 Sym 8Sym 4 These photographs introduce our local Oncocnemidine Sallows, Groundlings, and Wood-Nymphs (Family Noctuidae, Subfamilies Oncocnemidinae, Condicinae, and Agaristinae).  Images shown here represent five genera and eight moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Try to identity a few of these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 414-423 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.   Moth Book Click on the links below to view Moth Photographer’s Guide images of these and many, many other North American species in these three Noctuid subfamilies:

Oncocnemidinae and Agaristinae: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=59.0&size=l&sort=p

Condicinae: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=60.0&size=l&sort=p

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Matching Local Caterpillars with Moths…

Matching adult moths to their larval forms is a particular challenge for me.  The learning curve seems especially steep, but I continue to make slow progress.  I hope to match several more local species in the upcoming year.  Perhaps I can recruit some local volunteers to help with this long-term project? 

I’m thankful for the continuing help of John and Jane Balaban (@ BugGuide.net) as well as to the authors of these two texts: David Wagner (Caterpillars of Eastern North America, Princeton University Press, 2005) and David Wagner, Dale Schweitzer, J. Bolling Sullivan and Richard Reardon (Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, Princeton University Press, 2011).

Cat 1Cat 1B

Prionoxystus robinae (2693)

Cat 2Cat 2B

Grammia virguncula (8175)

 Cat 3Cat 3A

Spaelotis clandestina (10926)

Cat 4Cat 4B

Schizura unicornis (8007)

Cat 5Cat 5B

Peridroma saucia (10915)

Cat 6Cat 6B

Eupithecia ravocostaliata (7605)

Cat 7Cat 7B

Hypoprepia fucosa (8090)

Cat 8CCat 8B

Catocala cerogama (8802)

Cat 9CCat 9B

Phigalia strigataria (6660)

 Cat 10CCat 10B

Sunira bicolorago (9957)

Cat 11Cat 11B

Amphipyra pyramidoides (9638)

Cat 12Cat 12B

 Alsophila pometaria (6258)

Cat 13Cat 13B

 Psaphida rolandi (10014)

Cat 14Cat 14B

 Nephelodes minians (10524)

Cat 15Cat 15B

 Simyra insularis (9280)

Cat 16Cat 16B

 Gluphisia septentrionis (7931)

Cat 17Cat 17C

 Ennomos subsignaria (6798)

Cat 18Cat 18B

 Phigalia titea (6658)

Cat 19Cat 19B

 Euchaetes egle (8238)

 

 

Amphipyrine Sallows: Subfamily Amphipyrinae…

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These five photographs introduce our local Amphipyrine Sallows (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Amphipyrinae).  Moths shown here represent four genera and five different species found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.   

Try to identity these moths by matching these images with those found on pages 408-415 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

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Click on the link below to view photographs of many other species of Amphipyrine Sallows archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=58.0