Anageshna primordialis - Hodges#5176
 
 
 
(Yellow-spotted Webworm Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 08/11/14, 9 pm.


Another brownish moth ... The "color" pattern on the wings is apparently characteristic. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/976346


Apogeshna stenialis - Hodges#5177
 
 
 
(Checkered Apogeshna).
 
 
 
Photo: 07/14/15, 10 pm.


This small moth is the Checkered Apogeshna. The word root "Geshna" is Hindi and means singer. What fascinated me about this moth is its white/dark chocolate-like appearance. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1101971


Argyria lacteella - Hodges#5463.
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 09/18/11, noon.


This bright silvery moth is Argyria lacteella. It is very similar to the Snowy Urola which lacks the dark spots on the forewing.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/577896
Moth Photographers Group:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=5463


Crocidophora tuberculalis - Hodges#4945
 
 
 
(Pale-winged Crocidophora Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 07/20/15, 10 pm.


One of three species in North America. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1106114


Desmia sp. (Grape Leaffolder (nonspec.)).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/26/14, 9 pm.


The photo shows either Desmia funeralis or D. maculalis. To distinguish between these two species, a ventral view is needed that reveals the markings on the abdomen. The gender can be distinguished based on the shape of the antennae. Unfortunately I could snatch only this one photo because the moth flew away after seeing the camera flash. This Grape Leaffolder flies during the day but is also attracted to lights during the night (like this specimen). It reminded me of my first semi-serious bug photo (a skipper) that I had identified incorrectly as D. funeralis.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/985587


Diacme sp..
 
 
 
Photo: 08/15/15, 9 pm.


This moth is either Diacme elealis or D. adipaloides which are also known as the Paler and Darker Diacme Moths, respectively. A direct photo comparison can be found in the second link. Both species have a wing span of about 2 cm. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1122483
Discover Life:
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Diacme


Diatraea lisetta - Hodges#5481 (Diatraea Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 08/19/14, 10 pm.


The genus has seven species in North America. It seems most abundant in the Southeast. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/981336


Elophila gyralis - Hodges#4751 (Waterlily Borer).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/30/16, 9 pm.


Larvae of this moth feed on the leaves of waterlilies. More precisely, they bore into the stalk (petiole) that attaches the leaf blade to the stem. The adult is sexually dimorphic: females are usually unmarked orangish-yellow to dark brown, while males can have more intricate patterns and be grayish.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1205444


Elophila obliteralis - Hodges#4755
 
 
 
(Waterlily Leafcutter).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/03/17, 10 pm.


The Waterlily Leafcutter is known to damage the invasive hygrophila and hydrilla. The UF link states: "The larvae are the stage that feeds on the plants and causes damage to the plant tissue. In addition to feeding, the larvae cut the leaves to prepare a leaf case for shelter. As the larvae develop, they cut new, progressively larger leaf cases. This action in itself can provide quite significant damage to the infested plant. In a field study, to compare the effect of herbivory on different aquatic plants, E. obliteralis was one of the three species that caused the most damage. When feeding the larvae remove chunks from the leaves, usually feeding on the basal or middle portions. This feeding often causes the leaves to break away from the stem. If the population density is high (...), the larvae will begin to feed on the stems, which can cause the entire plant to fragment."  
 
 
UF:
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/leps/waterlily_leafcutter.htm


Eudonia strigalis - Hodges#4738 (Striped Eudonia).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/10/16, 8 pm.


I found this moth during the fast warm evening of the year. We had the porch light on and suddenly a bunch of insects were back. Eudonia has 18 species in America north of Mexico. The wingspan of this species is about 15 mm. The second link takes you to the original description of this species (back then Scoparia strigalis).  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1198468
H. G. Dyar, J. New York Entomol. Soc. 14, 77, 1906.:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25003201


Glaphyria glaphyralis - Hodges#4869
 
 
 
(Common Glaphyria Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 7 mm. Photo: 08/14/14, 10 pm.


To the eye this little moth looked like a shiny, yellowish golden triangle or pyramid. The genus Glaphyria has six species in North America. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/977909


Herpetogramma sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/07/14, 10 pm.


Herpetogramma has 10 species in North America. The caterpillars are often called webworms or sod webworms. Most species feed on grasses and some on ferns. This specimen is perhaps H. phaeopteralis (tropical sod webworm) which is a destructive pest of warm season turfgrasses in the southeastern US (see second link). 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/973650
UF:
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in968


Marasmia trapezalis - Hodges#5288 (Trapeze Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 08/27/15, 9 pm.


This Trapeze Moth is very similar to the Marasmia Moth (M. cochrusalis) but in the latter, the PM lines on the forewing and the hindwing line up on the spread wings. The Trapeze Moth is also called Rice Leaffolder because its larvae feed on leaves of corn, rice, and other grains and the second and later instars feed within the rolled leaf. The larvae are greenish-yellow with stiff brown bristles and wiggle when disturbed.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1129265


Microcrambus elegans - Hodges#5420
 
 
 
(Elegant Grass-veneer).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 8 mm. Photo: 08/16/14, 9 pm.


At rest this moth has a Halloween mask on its forewings with two upward-pointing "eyes" and a frowning down-curved "mouth". This pattern is a distinctive feature for this species which is quite common in the eastern half of the US. It prefers fields and grassy areas. The adults are active during twilight and into the night. They are attracted to light.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/979119


Nomophila nearctica - Hodges#5156 (Lucerne Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 07/05/14, 8 pm.


The larvae of this nocturnal moth are called False Webworm or Celery Stalkworm. At rest the wings of the adult overlap and are hugged against the abdomen, which gives the moth a long and narrow profile.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/951182


Ostrinia penitalis - Hodges#4946
 
 
 
(American Lotus Borer).
 
 
 
Photo: 09/19/17, 10 pm.


Nice species name, haha. These reddish moths live in marshes and near ponds where their foodplants (American Lotus Nelumbo lutea and smartweed Polygonum spp.) grow. The second link provides information on the American lotus plant.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1443182
UF (plant info):
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag380


Palpita sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 40 mm. Photo: 08/25/11, 10 pm.


The genus Palpita has 10 species in North America. The small photo shows another specimen that might be a different species in Palpita (photo taken on 08/02/12). 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/568512
bug guide (small photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/683766


Samea ecclesialis - Hodges#5150 (Assembly Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20-30 mm. Photo: 08/13/14, 10 pm.


The Assembly Moth (Samea ecclesialis) belongs to the Crambid Snout Moth family. I think it has a beautiful wing pattern. The small photos were taken on 04/24/12 at 10 pm (left) and 08/03/11 at 9 am (right). 
 

  
 
bug guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/74202
moth photographers group:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=5150


Stemorrhages costata - Hodges#5216.
 
 
 
Photo: 08/15/15, 9 pm.


This Snout Moth can be found in Texas, Louisiana, and obviously Florida. It is a pest of Confederate Jasmine and can be easily confused with Palpita kimballi
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1122485


Urola nivalis - Hodges#5464 (Snowy Urola).
 
 
 
Photo: 04/07/16, 10 pm.


A beautiful little moth. The wing span is about 2 cn. The silvery-white wings have a satin sheen and when the moth rests, the wings are folded over body in a tent-like fashion. Also the head and the palps are white. The Snowy Urola has a small dark mark at the midpoint of inner margin of forewing. The lack of additional spots distinguishes it from the similar Argyria lacteella. The small photo shows the same specimen. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1208176