General Neko's Moth-Watching Thread

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    [​IMG]Neko's Moth-Watching Thread[​IMG]
    [​IMG] Gotta spot 'em all! [​IMG]

    I've had a bit of an obsession with moths since I first spotted a Rosy Maple Moth (now my favorite moth) on my front door a couple years ago. Now I run for my camera whenever I spot a moth that catches my interest. Here I'll be sharing my curious encounters that I've been fortunate enough to capture on film (a red star marks my Top Picks). Feel free to share yours as well or share anything moth-related!

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    Crambid Snout Moths
    Basswood Leafroller Moth | White form
    Bicolored Pyrausta
    Bold Medicine Moth
    Bold-Feathered Grass Moth
    Desmia sp.
    Diasemiodes janassialis
    Genista Broom Moth
    Herpetogramma sphingealis
    Hollow-Spotted Blepharomastix Moth
    Ironweed Root Moth
    Julia's Dicymolomia Moth
    Mint-Loving Pyrausta
    Pale-Winged Crocidophora
    Snowy Urola
    Sooty-Winged Chalcoela (w/ Elegant Grass-Veneer)
    Splendid Palpita
    Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
    Waterlily Leafcutter Moth
    Yellow-Spotted Webworm Moth
    Zebra Conchylodes

    Geometrid Moths
    Bent-Line Carpet Moth
    Blackberry Looper
    Brown-Shaded Gray
    Cherry Scallop Shell Moth
    Chickweed Geometer
    Common Gray
    Common Spring Moth
    Confused Eusarca
    Cross-Lined Wave
    Curve-Toothed Geometer
    Dark-Banded Geometer
    Deep-Yellow Euchlaena
    Diminutive Wave Moth
    Dotted Gray
    False/Crocus Geometer
    Fervid Plagodis
    Friendly Probole
    Granite Moth
    Greater/Lesser Grapevine Looper
    Half-Wing | Caterpillar
    Horned Spanworm Moth | Caterpillar
    Hubner's Pero Moth
    Hydriomena sp.
    Juniper Geometer
    Large Lace-Border
    Large Maple Spanworm Moth
    Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth
    Mottled Grey Carpet Moth
    Oak Besma Moth
    One-Spotted Variant
    Packard's Wave
    Pale Beauty
    Pale Metarranthis
    Phigalia sp.
    Promiscuous Angle Moth
    Red-Fringed Emerald
    Scallop Moth
    Showy Emerald
    Signate Melanolophia
    Stained Lophosis | Female
    The Bad-Wing
    The Beggar
    The Gem | Male
    The Scribbler
    Three-Spotted Fillip
    Tulip-Tree Beauty
    Unadorned Carpet Moth
    Wavy-Lined Emerald
    White Slant-Line
    White Spring Moth
    White-Ribboned Carpet Moth
    Yellow-Headed Looper Moth
    Yellow Slant-Line

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths
    Imperial Moth | Caterpillar
    Io Moth | Female | Caterpillar
    Luna Moth | Caterpillar
    Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth
    Polyphemus Moth
    Promethea Moth
    Rosy Maple Moth
    Spiny Oakworm Moth
    Tulip-Tree Silkmoth

    Owlet Moths
    Adjutant Wainscot
    American Copper Underwing | Caterpillar
    American Dagger Moth | Caterpillar
    Arcigera Flower Moth
    Ash-Tip Borer Moth
    Beautiful Wood-Nymph
    Bent-Line Dart
    Bicolored Sallow
    Black-Barred Brown
    Black-Bordered Lemon
    Bristly Cutworm Moth
    Brown-Hooded Owlet | Caterpillar
    Brown Angle Shades
    Brown Panopoda
    Close-Banded Yellowhorn
    Colorful Zale | "Greener" Form
    Common Looper
    Common Spragueia
    Confused/Subgothic Dart
    Corn Earworm Moth
    Distinct Quaker
    Eight-Spotted Forester | Caterpillar
    Elder Shoot Borer
    Explicit Arches
    Eyed Paectes Moth
    False Underwing
    Garman's Quaker
    George's Midget
    Gold Moth | Caterpillar
    Goldenrod Stowaway
    Grapevine Epimenis
    Gray-Edged Bomolocha
    Greater Oak Dagger Moth
    Green Cutworm Moth
    Green Leuconycta
    Hebrew Moth
    Hitched Arches | Caterpillar
    Implicit Arches
    Indigo Stem Borer Moth
    Ipsilon Dart
    Ironweed Borer Moth
    Large Mossy Glyph
    Maple Looper
    Marbled-Green Leuconycta
    Obtuse Yellow
    Olive-Shaded Bird-Dropping Moth
    Pearly Wood-Nymph
    Pink-Barred Pseudeustrotia
    Pink-Spotted Dart
    Ragweed Flower Moth
    Red Groundling Moth
    Red-Lined Panopoda
    Red-Winged Sallow
    Roadside Sallow
    Rustic Quaker
    Scalloped Sallow
    Sharp-Stigma Looper
    Small Bird Dropping Moth
    Small Mossy Glyph
    Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth
    The Asteroid
    The Laugher
    The Wedgling
    Tobacco Budworm Moth
    Unspotted Looper
    Variable Tropic Moth
    Venerable Dart Moth
    Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth | Caterpillar

    Prominent Moths
    Angulose Prominent
    Datana sp.
    Double-Lined Prominent | Caterpillar
    Double-Toothed Prominent
    Gray-Patched Prominent
    Morning-Glory Prominent | Caterpillar
    Oval-Based Prominent
    Red-Humped Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar
    Red-Humped Oakworm Moth
    Rough Prominent
    Saddled Prominent
    Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar
    Wavy-Lined Heterocampa
    White-Blotched Heterocampa
    Yellow-Necked Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar

    Pyralid Moths
    Boxwood Leaftier
    Clover Hayworm Moth
    Dimorphic Macalla Moth
    Dimorphic Tosale Moth
    Meal Moth
    Pink-Fringed Dolichomia
    Pink-Masked Pyralid Moth
    Trumpet Vine Moth
    Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Slug Caterpillar Moths
    Abbreviated Button Slug
    Hag Moth | Caterpillar (Monkey Slug)
    Jeweled Tailed Slug Moth
    Saddleback Caterpillar Moth| Caterpillar
    Shagreened Slug Moth
    Skiff Moth | Caterpillar
    Smaller Parasa | Caterpillar
    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth| Caterpillar
    Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth
    Yellow-Collared Slug Moth
    Yellow-Shouldered Slug Moth

    Sphinx Moths
    Blinded Sphinx | Hindwings
    Five-Spotted Hawk Moth
    Laurel Sphinx
    Lettered Sphinx
    Nessus Sphinx
    Small-Eyed Sphinx
    Snowberry Clearwing | Caterpillar
    Southern Pine Sphinx
    Virginia Creeper Sphinx | Caterpillar
    Walnut Sphinx | Pink Form

    Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths
    American Lappet Moth | Side view
    Dot-Lined White
    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar
    Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar
    Large Tolype Moth

    Tiger and Lichen Moths
    Banded Tiger Moth
    Clymene Moth
    Delicate Cycnia
    Fall Webworm Moth | Southern Form | Caterpillar
    Giant Leopard Moth | Abdomen | Caterpillar
    Halysidota sp. | Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar | Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar
    Harnessed Tiger Moth
    Immaculate Holomelina
    Isabella Tiger Moth | Caterpillar (Banded Woollybear)
    Milkweed Tussock Moth | Caterpillar
    Packard's Lichen Moth
    Painted Lichen Moth
    Parthenice Tiger Moth
    Virginian Tiger Moth | Caterpillar (Yellow Woollybear)
    Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

    Tortricid Moths
    Adoxophyes furcatana
    Doubleday's Notocelia Moth
    Filigreed Chimoptesis
    Labyrinth Moth
    Pseudexentera sp.
    Red-Banded Leafroller Moth
    Spotted Fireworm Moth
    Yellow-Winged Oak Leafroller Moth

    Tussock Moths
    Manto Tussock Moth
    White-Marked Tussock Moth | Female | Caterpillar
    Yellow-Based Tussock Moth | Caterpillar

    Ailanthus Webworm Moth
    American Ermine Moth
    American Idia
    Arched Hooktip
    Baltimore Snout
    Black Bit Moth
    Black-Banded Owlet
    Black-Waved Flannel Moth | Caterpillar | Early-instar
    Canadian Owlet
    Clover Looper
    Coleophora sp. (Casebearer Moth)
    Cream-Edged Dichomeris Moth
    Dark Marathyssa Moth | Side-view
    Decorated Owlet
    Evergreen Bagworm Moth | Caterpillar
    Eyed Baileya
    Grape Plume Moth
    Hibiscus Leaf Caterpillar Moth | Caterpillar
    Ilia Underwing
    Light Marathyssa Moth
    Little White Lichen Moth
    Maple Leafcutter Moth
    Mini Bagworm Moth | Caterpillar
    Mournful Thyris
    Orange-Patched Smoky Moth
    Schlaeger's Fruitworm Moth
    Plume Moth
    Ridings's Fairy Moth
    Sigela brauneata
    Small Necklace Moth
    Sorghum Webworm Moth
    Southern Longhorn Moth
    Spotted Apatelodes | Caterpillar
    Spotted Thyris
    The Bride
    Thin-Winged Owlet
    Tufted Thyatirin
    White Flannel Moth
    Yellow-Vested Moth
    Yucca Moth
    Last edited: May 19, 2020

  2. Trainer Josh Competitive TCG Player
    Trainer Josh


    Not a huge fan of moths myself, but these pictures are awesome! I'm curious if you have any funny/interesting stories, about moths flying away or forgetting your camera?
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2017
  3. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    The only semi-funny story I can recall was when I was taking pictures of the Rosy Maple Moth. See the second pic? It was actually charging at me for disturbing it. (I only wanted to get a shot of its pretty face!) I think it was shortly after that that it flew away. I finally found another one for the first time in over a year this morning, but it didn't stick around nearly as long after waking up.

    And I rescued the Hebrew Moth from the dog's "water bowl of doom." The picture was taken after it had dried off a bit.

    I think the only moths I missed were a Hummingbird Moth in the garden and a somewhat large yellowish moth (possibly an Io Moth) that I didn't even notice until it flew away. There was also a Black-Waved Flannel Moth (aka Puss Moth) that I tried taking pictures of, but they all came out too blurry or overexposed to use.

    EDIT: Actually, there was another one that got away. I remember it having a striking orange body with small black dots down its back. I just saw one while looking through some pics and it was an Isabella Tiger Moth. I've seen the Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillars since I was a kid, but I think that was my first time seeing an adult. I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for another.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
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  4. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    UPDATE: Added the Dogbane Tiger Moth and Ailanthus Webworm Moth
  5. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    UPDATE: Added the Banded Tussock Moth
  6. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    UPDATE: Added the Deep-Yellow Euchlaena and Manto Tussock Moth. I also added another Luna Moth photo.
  7. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    Added the following:
    • A small and unidentified pink and yellow moth (got any ideas?)
    • Saddled Prominent
    • Arched Hooktip
    • A moth of the Desmia genus (unsure of species, possibly a Grape Leaffolder)
    • Banded Tiger Moth (not to be confused with the Banded Tussock Moth)
    • Beautiful Wood Nymph
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017
  8. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    Added the Fall Webworm Moth (maybe my best moth photo yet). Here's a pic of their caterpillars (Fall Webworms) that I took a few days ago as well:

    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017
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  9. NinjaPenguin Always standing out from the crowd.


    Wow, Neko. These pictures are beautiful. They are consistently well lit and in focus, and your Depth of Field is always just enough to show us the moth without moving our attention to the background. They're almost turning me into a moth enthusiast!
    May I ask how exactly you take these pictures? I would think that it's would be difficult to adjust my angle and settings for the perfect shot before the moth flies away.
  10. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    I usually use my camera's default Auto Mode (sometimes Scene Recognition) with Macro or Super Macro turned on and get as close as possible without zooming-in or using flash (when possible). I hold the shutter button halfway down, wait for the focus sound to beep, check the display (if I can see it) to make sure it focused on the right thing, then finish pushing the shutter button while trying to keep myself steady. I often take 10+ pictures of the same subject just to be safe. If needed, I use Photoshop to crop the photos and improve lighting, color balance, and sharpness.

    Most moths are pretty chill during the daytime and won't fly away unless you accidentally tap their wings or try to wake them up and even then some don't want to budge. Butterflies and dragonflies are a very different story, though. @[email protected]
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
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  11. flilix Aspiring Trainer


    I once found an elephant hawk moth caterpillar in my garden. I was curious to see what it would look like as a month, so I put it in a cage with some ground (the caterpillars hibernate under the ground). In spring it came out of the ground, it was very beautiful. I didn't take any pictures though. :(

    This is a picture I found on Google:
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  12. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    UPDATE: Added the Rough Prominent

    I also spotted this the other day, which I have a strong hunch is the case of a Grass Bagworm:


    EDIT: It may be a Mini Bagworm.

    Elephant Hawk Moths are gorgeous! It's so cool that you pupated one. I'd love to pupate a moth someday, but I'm not sure how feasible that would be with all these cats...!
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
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  13. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    Added another photo of the Blinded Sphinx Moth. Can you tell how they got the name?
  14. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    No more interesting adult moths, but here's a pretty cool caterpillar:


    As a general rule of thumb, it's in your best interest not to handle furry caterpillars. Although not all of them sting, the Io Moth caterpillar is one example of why you should probably avoid them. This green caterpillar appears to be covered in soft moss, but its hairs are anything but pleasant to the touch. These spines contain a potent venom that can result in excruciating pain, sometimes requiring medical attention.

    Like all adult North American moths, the mature Io Moth is harmless (and quite pretty).
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  15. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    Where did all the adults go?

    - - -

    White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Beware of the spines! Adults of this species aren't nearly as vibrant but, interestingly, females are flightless.


    - - -

    Here's a "stick caterpillar" that will eventually become a type of geometer moth:


    - - -

    Another moth better-known for its caterpillar, the American Dagger Moth (it's partially curled-up in the photo):

    Last edited: Aug 27, 2017
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  16. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    I wasn't able to get a great pic since it's dark out, but I spotted another adult moth that caught my fancy. It's a small moth, but the color and combed antennae are gorgeous. The Wavy-Lined Emerald has been added to the first post.

    Their larvae are pretty neat, too. I've not seen any myself, but I was researching them and found out that these crafty caterpillars attach bits of flowers and other plant material to their backs for camouflage. Pretty cool stuff. Check them out on Google.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
  17. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    The "Grass Bagworm" case from before looks like it may actually be a Mini Bagworm instead. I found a couple more of 'em today.

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    I also spotted what appear to be baby Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars munching-down.

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
  18. GrandPanacea Thread Necromancer

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    Holy Toledo, these pictures are incredible!!

    I've only ever seen once fancy moth before. I was working at a convenience store/gas bar, on a night shift, and the coworker I took over from was still there, chatting with me. We saw a large fluttering motion by one of the windows, and I went to the door to peek out, because we thought it was a bat. It was actually a Luna Moth! It was perched on the brick wall, a couple of inches above the ground. It was so beautiful.
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  19. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo



    I remember finding a big moth outside the grocery store when I was younger (it may have been a type of sphinx moth because I remember that its body reminded me of a plump worm). It was under a shopping cart and I was afraid it would get ran-over, so I decided to swoop in and save it. It wouldn't fly away, so I assumed it had been injured and decided to take it home with me. We stopped at a gas station on the way home and the moth started flapping its wings, so I rolled-down the window and it flew away. I felt that I had helped it recover, but now that I think back on it, it was probably just in a sleepy daze that whole time instead of injured. Anyway, I think I've had a bit of an affinity with moths since.

    Added the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth to the first post. It's almost identical to the Blinded Sphinx, but bears a different pattern. Who knows, maybe it's the same kind I rescued as a kid?

    I also found another Mini Bagworm case (the longest I've found yet) and decided to combine all four of them into a single image. This makes me all the more eager to get a full-odds Shiny Mothim! *Continues headbutting the Burmy tree in HGSS* EDIT: Found a couple more Mini Bagworm cases and added them to my pic:


    Glad you like 'em! I just wish more of them had nature in the background...

    I agree, Luna Moths are beautiful (not to mention huge and fluffy). <3
    Last edited: May 19, 2018
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  20. TheSceptileMaster Gastrodon ate my cake


    Hey nekoban, I saw a moth named the Paonias Excaecata at school during recess. It was pretty cool, but whenever somebody touched it, it wouldn't react at all, but it was alive. Weirder, the legs were like glued to the tree, it never fell off. Moths are kewl!

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