List of moths of North America

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There are about 12,000 types of North American moths. In comparison, there are about 825 species of North American butterflies. The moths (mostly nocturnal) and butterflies (mostly diurnal) together make up the taxonomic order Lepidoptera.

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This list is sorted on MONA number (MONA is short for Moths of America North of Mexico and sometimes called a Hodges number). A numbering system for North American moths introduced by Ronald W. Hodges, et al. in 1983 in the publication Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. The list has since been updated, [1] but the placement in families is outdated for some species.

Former numbers for some species are given in square brackets, for example:

This list covers America north of Mexico (effectively continental United States and Canada). For a list of moths and butterflies recorded from the state of Hawaii, see List of Lepidoptera of Hawaii.

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<i>Dysstroma ochrofuscaria</i> species of insect

Dysstroma ochrofuscaria is a moth in the family Geometridae described by Douglas C. Ferguson in 1983. It is found in North America.

Megisto rubricata, the red satyr, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae described by William Henry Edwards in 1871. It is found in North America.

Agathymus aryxna, the Arizona giant skipper, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae described by Harrison Gray Dyar Jr. in 1905. Its range includes Central and North America.

Tarache terminimaculata, the curve-lined bird-dropping moth, is a species of moth in the family Noctuidae. The species was described by Augustus Radcliffe Grote in 1873. It is found in North America.

Hesperia attalus, the dotted skipper, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae (skippers). It was described by William Henry Edwards in 1871 and is found in North America.

Homorthodes furfurata, the northern scurfy Quaker moth or scurfy Quaker moth, is a species of moth in the family Noctuidae . It was described by Augustus Radcliffe Grote in 1874 and is found in forest habitats in North America. Its range extends across the continent, to south-eastern Canada, Massachusetts, New York, and Mississippi. In the west it ranges south to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Meganola varia is a species of moth in the family Nolidae, in the superfamily Noctuoidea. The species was described by William Barnes and Arthur Ward Lindsey in 1921. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from California through Arizona to western Texas.

Sphingicampa bisecta, the bisected honey locust moth, is a species of moth in the family Saturniidae. The species was described by Joseph Albert Lintner in 1879. It is found in North America.

<i>Macrochilo hypocritalis</i>

Macrochilo hypocritalis, the twin-dotted macrochilo, is a species of moth in the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Douglas C. Ferguson in 1982. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from the eastern United States. The habitat consists of open, herb-dominated wetlands.

Lacinipolia incurva is a species of moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by John B. Smith in 1888 and is found in North America, where it has been recorded from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Colorado.

Amblyscirtes linda, or Linda's roadside skipper, is a species of grass skipper in the family Hesperiidae. It was described by Hugh Avery Freeman in 1943 and is found in North America.

Azenia procida is a species of owlet moth in the family Noctuidae described by Herbert Druce in 1889. It is found in North America.

Leucania commoides, the comma wainscot or two-lined wainscot moth, is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by Achille Guenée in 1852 and is found in North America.

<i>Papaipema speciosissima</i> species of insect

Papaipema speciosissima, the osmunda borer or regal fern borer, is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by Augustus Radcliffe Grote and Coleman Townsend Robinson in 1868 and is found in North America.

Xestia infimatis is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by Augustus Radcliffe Grote in 1880 and is found in North America.

Xestia laxa is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by J. Donald Lafontaine and Kauri Mikkola in 1998 and is found in North America.

Nystalea indiana, or Grote's tropical prominent moth, is a species of prominent moth in the family Notodontidae. It was described by Augustus Radcliffe Grote in 1884 and is found in North America.

<i>Baileya levitans</i> species of insect

Baileya levitans, the pale baileya, is a species of nolid moth in the family Nolidae. It was described by Smith in 1906 and is found in North America.

Chaetaglaea fergusoni, or Ferguson's sallow moth, is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. in 1997 and is found in North America.

Epargyreus zestos, known generally as the zestos skipper or rusty skipper, is a species of dicot skipper in the family Hesperiidae. It is found in the Caribbean and North America.

References

  1. Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010). "Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico" (PDF). ZooKeys. Pensoft. 40: 1–239.