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 by MONA number (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 The list has since been updated, [1] but the placement in families is outdated for some species.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>Homorthodes furfurata</i> Species of moth

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<i>Macrochilo hypocritalis</i> Species of moth

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.

Afrida ydatodes, or Dyar's lichen moth, is a species of moth in the family Nolidae. It was described by Harrison Gray Dyar Jr. in 1913 and is found in North America, where it has been recorded from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

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.

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.

Pseudeustrotia indeterminata is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was described by William Barnes and James Halliday McDunnough in 1918 and is found in North America.

<i>Papaipema speciosissima</i> Species of moth

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<i>Xestia infimatis</i> Species of moth

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.

<i>Baileya levitans</i> Species of moth

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.

Amphipoea senilis is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It was first described by Smith in 1892 and it is found in North America.

<i>Trichordestra liquida</i> Species of moth

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MONA number Numbering system for North American moths

A MONA number, or Hodges number after Ronald W. Hodges, is part of a numbering system for North American moths found north of Mexico in the Continental United States and Canada, as well as the island of Greenland. Introduced in 1983 by Hodges through the publication of Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico, the system began an ongoing numeration process in order to compile a list of the over 12,000 moths of North America north of Mexico. The system numbers moths within the same family close together for identification purposes. For example, the species Epimartyria auricrinella begins the numbering system at 0001 while Epimartyria pardella is numbered 0002.

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. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.40.414 .