Moths
  of Middlesex County NJ
PLEASE NOTE!
This field guide will always be under construction. There is a great deal to discover and new species are being added as they are observed.
Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people ignore and consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people ignore and consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

A Field Guide to the

(mostly)

Hodges # 4703 - 7648

 



4703-4933 : Crambidae: Scopariinae - Evergestinae   (14)

  1. -Double-striped Scoparia Moth Hodges - Hodges #4716 (Scoparia biplagialis)

  2. -Scoparia basalis - Hodges #4719 (Scoparia basalis)

  3. -Eudonia heterosalis - Hodges #4739 (Eudonia heterosalis)

  4. -Pondside Pyralid Moth - Hodges#4748 (Elophila icciusalis)

  5. -Synclita tinealis - Hodges #4754 (Synclita tinealis)

  6. -Waterlily Leafcutter Moth - Hodges #4755 (Elophila obliteralis)

  7. -Feather-edged Petrophila - Hodges#4777 (Petrophila fulicalis)

  8. -Spotted Peppergrass Moth - Hodges #4794 (Eustixia pupula)

  9. -Common Glaphyria Moth - Hodges #4869 (Glaphyria glaphyralis)

  10. -White-roped Glaphyria - Hodges #4870 (Glaphyria sequistrialis)

  11. -Black-patched Glaphyria Moth - Hodges #4873 (Glaphyria fulminalis)

  12. -Julia's Dicymolomia Moth - Hodges #4889 (Dicymolomia julianalis)

  13. -Sooty-winged Chalcoela - Hodges #4895 (Chalcoela iphitalis)

  14. -Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Hodges #4897 (Evergestis pallidata)


4934-5298 : Pyraustinae                            (23)

  1. -Dogbane Saucrobotys Moth - Hodges #4936 (Saucrobotys futilalis)

  2. -European Corn Borer - Hodges #4949 (Ostrinia nubilalis)

  3. -Hahncappsia mancalis - Hodges #4967 (Hahncappsia mancalis)

  4. -Raspberry Pyrausta - Hodges #5034 (Pyrausta signatalis)

  5. -Bicolored Pyrausta Moth - Hodges#5040 (Pyrausta bicoloralis)

  6. -Variable Reddish Pyrausta - Hodges #5051 (Pyrausta rubricalis)

  7. -Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth - Hodges #5071 (Pyrausta acrionalis)

  8. -Celery Leaftier - Hodges #5079 (Udea rubigalis)

  9. -Darker Diacme Moth - Hodges #5143 (Diacme adipaloides)

  10. -Lucerne Moth - Hodges #5156 (Nomophila nearctica)

  11. -European Pepper Moth - Hodges #5156.5 (Duponchelia fovealis)

  12. -Grape Leaffolder - Hodges #5159 (Desmia funeralis)

  13. -Hawaiian Beet Webworm - Hodges #5170 (Spoladea recurvalis)

  14. -Harlequin Webworm Moth - Hodges #5175 (Diathrausta harlequinalis)

  15. -Yellow-spotted Webworm Moth - Hodges #5176 (Anageshna primordialis)

  16. -Checkered Apogeshna - Hodges #5177 (Apogeshna stenialis)

  17. -Scraped Pilocrocis - Hodges #5281 (Pilocrocis ramentalis)

  18. -Ichthyoptila ranalis - Hodges #5182 (Ichthyoptila ranalis)

  19. -Splendid Palpita - Hodges #5226 (Palpita magniferalis)

  20. -Obscure Psara - Hodges #5268 (Psara obscuralis)  

  21. -Bold-feathered Grass Moth - Hodges#5275 (Herpetogramma pertextalis)

  22. -Herpetogramma thestealis - Hodges #5277 (Herpetogramma thestealis)

  23. -Herpetogramma theseusalis - Hodges #5279 (Herpetogramma theseusalis)

 

5299-5509 : Schoenobiinae - Crambinae               (15)

  1. -Common Grass-veneer - Hodges #5355 (Crambus praefectellus)

  2. -Double-banded Grass-veneer - Hodges #5362 (Crambus agitatellus)

  3. -Eastern Grass-veneer - Hodges #5378 (Crambus laqueatellus)

  4. -Mottled Grass-veneer - Hodges #5379 (Neodactria luteolellus)

  5. -Black Grass-veneer - Hodges #5381 (Neodactria caliginosella)

  6. -Cranberry Girdler - Hodges #5391 (Chrysoteuchia topiaria)

  7. -Diminutive Grass-veneer - Hodges #5393 (Raphiptera argillaceella)

  8. -Vagabond Crambus - Hodges #5403 (Agriphila vulgivagella)

  9. -Sod Webworm - Hodges#5413 (Pediasia trisecta)

  10. -Gold-stripe Grass-veneer Moth - Hodges #5419 (Microcrambus biguttellus)

  11. -Elegant Grass-veneer Moth - Hodges #5420 (Microcrambus elegans)

  12. -Changeable Grass-veneer - Hodges #5435 (Fissicrambus mutabilis)

  13. -Bluegrass Webworm Moth - Hodges #5451 (Parapediasia teterrella)

  14. -Snowy Urola Moth - Hodges #5464 (Urola nivalis)

  15. -Peppered Haimbachia - Hodges#5489 (Haimbachia placidella)

 

5510-5650 : Pyralidae: Pyralinae - Gallerinae      (12)

  1. -Meal Moth - Hodges #5510 (Pyralis farinalis)

  2. -Pink-masked Pyralid Moth - Hodges #5512 (Aglossa disciferalis)

  3. -Yellow-fringed olinalis - Hodges #5533 (Dolichomia olinalis)

  4. -Boxwood Leaftier - Hodges #5552 (Galasa nigrinodis)

  5. -Posturing Arta Moth - Hodges #5566 (Arta statalis)

  6. -Drab Condylolomia - Hodges #5571 (Condylolomia participalis)

  7. -Dimorphic Macalla - Hodges#5577 (Epipaschia superatalis)

  8. -Orange-tufted Oneida Moth - Hodges #5588 (Oneida lunulalis)

  9. -Maple Webworm Moth - Hodges #5606 (Pococera asperatella)

  10. -Double-humped Pococera Moth - Hodges #5608 (Pococera expandens)

  11. -Lesser Wax Moth - Hodges#5623  (Achroia grisella)

  12. -Bee Moth - Hodges #5629 (Aphomia sociella)


5651-6075 : Phycitinae - Peorinae                     (9)

  1. -Salebriaria rufimaculatella - Hodges #5775.2  (Salebriaria rufimaculatella)

  2. -Black-spotted Leafroller - Hodges#5797 (Sciota virgatella)

  3. -Sweetgum Leafroller - Hodges #5802 (Sciota uvinella)

  4. -Spruce Coneworm - Hodges#5843 (Dioryctria reniculelloides)

  5. -American Plum Borer - Hodges#5995 (Euzophera semifuneralis)

  6. -Broad-banded Eulogia Moth - Hodges #5999 (Eulogia ochrifrontella)

  7. -Darker Moodna Moth - Hodges #6005 (Moodna ostrinella)

  8. -Indian Meal Moth - Hodges #6019 (Plodia interpunctella)

  9. -Goya stictella - Hodges #6073 (Goya stictella)

   

6076-6088 : Thyrididae - Hyblaeidae                    (0)


6089-6234 : Pterophoridae : Plume Moths                (6)

  1. -Grape Plume Moth  - Hodges #6091 (Geina periscelidactylus)

  2. -Himmelman's Plume Moth - Hodges #6092 (Geina tenuidactylus)

  3. -Artichoke Plume Moth - Hodges #6109 (Platyptilia carduidactyla)

  4. -Lioptilodes albistriolatus - Hodges #6120 (Lioptilodes albistriolatus)

  5. -Stenoptilodes taprobanes - Hodges #6121.1 (Stenoptilodes taprobanes)

  6. -Morning-glory Plume Moth - Hodges #6234 (Emmelina monodactyla)


6235-6255 : Drepanoidea                                  (1)

  1. -Arched Hooktip - Hodges #6251 (Drepana arcuata)


6256-6425 : Geometridae - Macaria, Digrammia                    (9)

  1. -Fall Cankerworm Moth - Hodges #6258 (Alsophila pometaria)

  2. -Common Spring Moth - Hodges #6261 (Heliomata cycladata)

  3. -Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth - Hodges #6273 (Speranza pustularia)

  4. -Promiscuous Angle - Hodges #6331 (Macaria promiscuata)

  5. -Blurry Chocolate Angle - Hodges#6339 (Macaria transitaria)

  6. -Minor Angle Moth - Hodges #6340 (Macaria minorata)

  7. -Red-headed Inchworm - Hodges #6342 (Macaria bisignata)

  8. -Curve-lined Angle - Hodges #6362 (Digrammia continuata)

  9. -Faint-spotted Angle - Hodges #6386 (Digrammia ocellinata)

  10. -

6426-6617 : Glena, Epimecis                              (8)

  1. -Texas Gray Moth - Hodges #6443 (Glenoides texanaria)

  2. -Dotted Gray - Hodges #6449 (Glena cribrataria)

  3. -Brown-shaded Gray Moth - Hodges #6586 (Iridopsis defectaria)

  4. -Bent-line Gray - Hodges #6588 (Iridopsis larvaria)

  5. -Common Gray - Hodges #6590 (Anavitrinella pampinaria)

  6. -Cleora sublunaria - Hodges #6594 (Cleora sublunaria)

  7. -Porcelain Gray - Hodges #6598 (Protoboarmia porcelaria)

  8. -Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges #6599 (Epimecis hortaria)


6618-6762 : Melanolophia, Phigalia                      (15)

  1. -Canadian Melanolophia - Hodges #6620 (Melanolophia canadaria)

  2. -Signate Melanolophia - Hodges #6621 (Melanolophia signataria)

  3. -One-spotted Variant - Hodges #6654 (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)

  4. -Esther Moth - Hodges #6655 (Hypagyrtis esther)

  5. -Half-Wing - Hodges #6658 (Phigalia titea)

  6. -Toothed Phigalia - Hodges #6659 (Phigalia denticulata)

  7. -Toothed Phigalia Hodges #6660 (Phigalia denticulata)

  8. -Spring Cankerworm - Hodges #6662 (Paleacrita vernata)

  9. -Yellow-dusted Cream - Hodges #6677 (Cabera erythemaria)           

  10. - Black-dotted Ruddy Moth - Hodges #6711 (Thysanopyga intractata)

  11. -Common Lytrosis - Hodges#6720 (Lytrosis unitaria)

  12. -Obtuse Euchlaena - Hodges #6726 (Euchlaena obtusaria)

  13. -Deep Yellow Euchlaena - Hodges #6733 (Euchlaena amoenaria)

  14. -Ochre Euchlaena - Hodges #6734 (Euchlaena marginaria)

  15. -Hubner’s Pero Hodges #6748 (Pero ancetaria)


6763-6844 : Nacophora, Metarranthis                      (6)

  1. -Oak Beauty - Hodges #6763 (Phaeoura quernaria)

  2. -Pale Beauty Hodges - #6796 (Campaea perlata)

  3. -Maple Spanworm - Hodges #6797 (Ennomos magnaria)

  4. -Elm Spanworm - Hodges #6798 (Ennomos subsignaria)

  5. -Friendly Probole - Hodges #6838 (Probole amicaria)

  6. -Fervid Plagodis - Hodges #6843 (Plagodis fervidaria)


6845-7011 : Besma, Lambdina, Eusarca                     (9)

  1. -Hollow-spotted Plagodis - Hodges #6844 (Plagodis alcoolaria)

  2. -Oak Besma - Hodges #6885 (Besma quercivoraria)

  3. -Yellow-headed Looper - Hodges #6892 (Lambdina pellucidaria)

  4. -White Slant-Line - Hodges #6964 (Tetracis cachexiata)

  5. -Curve-toothed Geometer - Hodges #6966 (Eutrapela clemataria)

  6. -Juniper-twig Geometer - Hodges #6974 (Patalene olyzonaria)

  7. -Large Maple Spanworm - Hodges #6982 (Prochoerodes lineola)

  8. -Variable Antepione - Hodges #6987 (Antepione thisoaria)

  9. -Horned Spanworm Moth - Hodges #7010 (Nematocampa resistaria)

  10. -

7012-7085 : Nemoria, Emeralds                            (3)

  1. -Red-bordered Emerald - Hodges #7033 (Nemoria lixaria)

  2. -Wavy-lined Emerald - Hodges #7058 (Synchlora aerata)

  3. -Blackberry Looper - Hodges #7071 (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)


7086-7181 : Idaea, Leptostales, Waves                    (9)

  1. -Single-dotted Wave - Hodges #7126 (Idaea dimidiata)

  2. -Common Tan Wave - Hodges #7132 (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)

  3. -Packard's Wave - Hodges #7136 (Cyclophora packardi)

  4. -Sweetfern Geometer - Hodges # 7139 (Cyclophora pendulinaria)

  5. -Chickweed Geometer - Hodges #7146 (Haematopis grataria)

  6. -Small Frosted Wave Moth - Hodges #7152 (Scopula compensata)

  7. -Large Lace-border - Hodges #7159 (Scopula limboundata)

  8. -Simple Wave - Hodges #7164 (Scopula junctaria)

  9. -Soft-lined Wave - Hodges #7169 (Scopula inductata)


7182-7332 : Eulithis, Hydriomena                         (5)

  1. -Lesser Grapevine Looper - Hodges #7196 (Eulithis diversilineata)

  2. -Transfigured Hydriomena - Hodges #7237 (Hydriomena transfigurata)

  3. -Barberry Geometer - Hodges #7290 (Coryphista meadii)

  4. -Rheumaptera undulata - Hodges #7291 (Rheumaptera undulata)

  5. -Many-lined Carpet Moth - Hodges #7330 (Anticlea multiferata)


7333-7444 : Stamnodes, Xanthorhoe                        (5)

  1. -Toothed Brown Carpet - Hodges #7390 (Xanthorhoe lacustrata)

  2. -The Gem - Hodges #7414 (Orthonama obstipata)

  3. -Bent-line Carpet - Hodges #7416 (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)

  4. -Bruce Spanworm - Hodges #7437 (Operophtera bruceata)

  5. -Eubaphe meridiana - Hodges #7441 (Eubaphe meridiana


7445-7648 : Eupithecia, Lithostege                                   (2)

  1. -Common Eupithecia - Hodges #7474 (Eupithecia miserulata)

  2. -Three-spotted Fillip - Hodges #7647 (Heterophleps triguttaria)



There are multiple photos of some species (below) as these moths may be highly variable in appearance.

A number after the species name in the photos will indicate that there is more than one image of that particular species.

Also be aware that different lighting conditions (outdoor bulbs, flash, daylight) can change colors subtly or dramatically.

Note: Photos are NOT to scale.

Helpful information (from the internet) that can make differentiating butterflies from moths a little easier.


Butterfly:          Balled antenna ends  

                                                                 "Sugar scoop" antennae end-Skipper (a type of butterfly)

Moth:                             Simple or complex ends (complex refers to the ‘feathery’ antennae of males.

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2009-2017.

Antenna illustration source:  BioKids-University of Michigan

Antenna examples on the chart immediatly above.

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This is Section 2: Hodges # 4703 - 7648                       Go to section: 1 or 3

HODGES #  (4703 through 7648)          # OF SPECIES IN EACH GROUP

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Moth Field Guide:







The number of photos displayed below is greater than the number of species identified (list-below and on the left) as many moths are shown in several forms to facilitate identification.

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