Allotria elonympha - Hodges#8721 (False Underwing).
 
 
 
Photo: 06/24/16, 11 pm.


The False Underwing can be found around deciduous trees, such as black gum, walnuts, and hickories. Allotria elonympha is a medium-sized moth, with dark gray forewings and a deep yellow hind-wing (hidden here) with an even black border. It resembles a small true underwing moth (Catocala) but can be distinguished by the presence of the black orbicular dot on the forewing and by the lack of a dark inner band on the hindwing, which is usually present in the true underwings. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1245240
K.A. Neil, J. Acad. Entomol. Soc. 6, 22, 2010:
http://acadianes.org/journal/papers/neil_1004.pdf


Amolita obliqua - Hodges#9819 (Oblique Grass Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 13 mm. Photo: 07/18/15, 10 pm.


Pale moth with a length of about half an inch. The genus has at least five species in North America. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1104668


Anticarsia gemmatalis - Hodges#8574
 
 
 
(Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 50 mm. Photo: 09/27/12, 9 pm.


The color of this species is highly variable. The wings heavily mottled or mostly unmarked with a stripe and/or prominent spots. The velvetbean caterpillar is the most serious foliage-feeding pest of soybean in the Southeast. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/708795


Apantesis sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 05/12/15, 10 pm.


A tiger moth in the genus Apantesis. The identification to the species level is difficult and seems to require dissection. It surprised me to read that it is not known whether adults feed. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1066550


Arugisa latiorella - Hodges# 8510 (Watson's Arugisa).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 08/31/11, 9 pm.


I am not so sure about this ID but trust the experts. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/570605


Bleptina caradrinalis - Hodges#8370
 
 
 
(Bent-winged Owlet).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15-25 mm. Photo: 08/14/12, 10 pm.


This litter moth is Bleptina caradrinalis. This species can be found throughout the US. Adults fly from June to August.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/690186


Catocala connubialis - Hodges#8877
 
 
 
(Connubial Underwing).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 25 mm. Photo: 05/07/16, 6 pm.


My wife found this beautiful moth in our laundry room where it was hiding unsuccessfully on a white cabinet. Its larvae feed on leaves of oak and the species can be found throughout the Eastern half of the US. Its colors vary strongly and names for different "forms" have been suggested. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1220416


Catocala ultronia - Hodges#8857 (Ultronia Underwing).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/13/17, 10 pm.


Unfortunately, I didn't see the rather beautiful red and black band pattern on the hindwings of this moth. The appearance of the forewings is quite variable and involves brown, gray, and black colors. The wing span is about two inch. Ultronia Underwing feeds on Rosaceae including cherries and hawthorns.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1368380


Cisthene plumbea - Hodges#8067
 
 
 
(Lead-colored Lichen Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 07/13/15, 10 pm.


As the name suggests, the larvae of Cisthene plumbea feed on lichen (algae or cyanobacteria living symbiotically among the filaments of a fungus). The larvae in this genus "are frass shooters that fire their fecal pellets up to 20 times the length of their bodies." 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1101396


Dahana atripennis (Black-Winged Dahana - Hodges#8266).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10-15 mm. Photo: 04/28/12, 11 am.


The Black-Winged Dahana (Dahana atripennis) can be found only in the deep South (FL, GA, and SC). Most of its abdomen has a striking orange color and the forewings are dark brown with a small, yellow dash. It belongs to the Tiger Moths. The larvae feed on Spanish moss
 

  
 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/634602
Dalton State:
http://www.daltonstate.edu/galeps/webpages/arctiidae/Datripennis.htm


Dasychira sp..
 
 
 
Photo: 06/14/16, 10 pm.


A Tussock Moth in the genus Dasychira which has 16 species in America north of Mexico. The antennae have long branches in males and are short in females. Their legs are hairy. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1239198
wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasychira


Halysidota tessellaris - Hodges#8203
 
 
 
(Banded Tussock Moth) - imm.
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 06/09/14, 7 pm.


The Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar comes in a wide range of colors with long, paired, white and black lashes on the second and third thoracic segments. The "hairs" are called setae. The adult moth is pale brown and features an interesting pattern of block-like bands on its wings.  
 

 
bug guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/541
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halysidota_tessellaris


Halysidota sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/17/14, 11 pm.


After seeing caterpillars of this moth for weeks, I finally came across an adult. This tiger moth belongs to the genus Halysidota but unfortunately the species can be determined only by dissection of the genitalia. For Florida, the possible candidates are H. tessellaris, H. harrisii, and H. cinctipes. The small photo (4/8/16) shows a different specimen. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/980085


Haploa clymene - Hodges#8107 (Clymene Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 08/19/15, 10 pm.


Another cool tiger moth with a bold pattern that makes it easy to identify. This photo was difficult to take, not because of the moth that cooperated nicely, but the very high humidity. My camera immediately fogs up affecting the lens filter, the view finder, and even the flash. Welcome to August in Florida! 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1124934


Hypena scabra - Hodges#8465 (Green Cloverworm Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20-25 mm. Photo: 09/04/11, 10 pm.


This moth is widespread in the Eastern half of the country. It is a Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra). Larvae are foilage feeder; 25 to 30 mm long and pale green with two white stripes on each side. Four or more generations per year. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/572306
BugwoodWiki:
http://wiki.bugwood.org/Archive:GATop50/Green_Cloverworm


Hypena manalis - Hodges#8441 (Flowing-line Bomolocha).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/13/15, 11 pm.


The hindwing of the Flowing-line Bomolocha are uniformly brown whereas the midwing area is whitish and again different from the basal and distal, brown areas of forewing medium. The wing span is about one inch. Its larvae feed on False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica).  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1066964


Hypena palparia - Hodges#8444 (Mottled Bomolocha).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 05/14/15, 10 pm.


These moths are found in mature mixed and deciduous woods. The hindwing patterns are highly variable. Another common name is "Variegated Snout-moth".  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1067244


Hyperstrotia flaviguttata - Hodges#9039
 
 
 
(Yellow-spotted Graylet).
 
 
 
Photo: 04/10/16, 9 pm.


The Yellow-spotted Graylet. A study on the feeding habits of adult moths states that this genus visited soil and puddles (most likely to obtain amino acids and sodium). Such mud-puddling behavior is well-known from butterflies. Pretty much all the information I could find on this moth. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1209165


Hyphantria cunea - Hodges#8140
 
 
 
(Fall Webworm Moth Caterpillar) - imm.
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15-20 mm. Photo: 06/16/12, 7 pm.


This common and widespread caterpillar can be found from May to October in the Southern US. They feed on foliage and can enclose the entire tree with their web-like tents but typically cause no or little damage. The adults of Hyphantria cunea (Fall Webworm Moth) are white with no or some grayish-brown to black spots. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/658178


Hyphantria cunea - Hodges#8140 (Fall Webworm Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/10/16, 8 pm.


A beautiful tiger moth which was great to see because I had often encountered its striking caterpillars (see above). The wings of this species are either all white (in northern and some southern individuals) or sparsely to heavily marked with dark grayish-brown to black spots (in many southern individuals). The spots are rectangular or wedge-shaped, arranged loosely in rows in basal half of wing, and in either a V-shape or more-or-less random arrangement in the distal half. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1198481


Hypoprepia fucosa - Hodges#8090 (Painted Lichen Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 08/18/14, 9 pm.


This beautiful, reddish-orange moth is the Painted Lichen Moth. The dark stripes are a characteristic pattern for this species. It lives in wooded areas and the nocturnal adults come to light. The spiky, black and yellow caterpillars feed on moss and lichen on trees.  
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/980618


Idia americalis - Hodges#8322 (American Idia).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15-20 mm. Photo: 09/05/11, 11 pm.


A widespread moth in North America: American Idia (Idia americalis). The forewings are light gray and brown, marked with fine black jagged lines. The reniform spot is usually filled with orange scales. Multiple generations per year. Larvae feed on lichen and dead leaves.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/572870
U Alberta:
http://www.entomology.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=601
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idia_americalis


Idia aemula (Common Idia).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/10/14, 10 pm.


Another Idia species. In Europe, this one is apparently called "Waved Tabby". The small photo shows (what I believe to be) a different specimen. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/975664


Idia diminuendis - Hodges#8329 (Orange-spotted Idia).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 10/17/11, 9 pm.


There are simply too many brownish Idia species in Tallahassee. For the US, the count stands at 18. They are impossible for me to distinguish, so thanks to the bugguide experts! 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/588206


Isogona tenuis - Hodges#8493 (Thin-lined Owlet).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/28/16, 11 pm.


Found in deciduous woods across the eastern half of the country, this moth has thin lines along the veins of its forewing. There are seven Isogona species in North America. The larvae feed on Celtis (hackberries) species. The late instar caterpillars rest during the day under bark or in grass shelters at the base of the food plant and resume feeding on foliage at dusk.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1229693
Nature Search:
http://www.fnanaturesearch.org/index.php?option=com_naturesearch&task=view&id=1655


Ledaea perditalis - Hodges#8491 (Lost Owlet).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/10/14, 10 pm.


The Lost Owlet is common in the South. It lives near the edges of wet woods and marshes. Its larvae feed on woolgrass and buttonbush. The grayish forewing has a curved, double line forming a solid black bar the inner margin. This moth was attracted to our outdoor lights.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/975675


Metalectra discalis - Hodges#8499 (Common Fungus Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 08/10/12, 9 pm.


The Common Fungus Moth (Metalectra discalis) prefers deciduous and mixed forests and can be found in most parts of the eastern half of the US. Its larvae feed on dry fungi and give this species its name.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/688055


Metalectra tantillus - Hodges#8502 (Black Fungus Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/06/14, 7 pm.


I could have never identified this moth without the help of the experts on bugguide.net. So a random thanks to y'all. This black fungus moth was waiting for the night underneath my deck. The genus Metalectra has eleven species in the US and Canada. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/972761


Mocis marcida - Hodges#8744 (Withered Mocis).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 25 mm. Photo: 03/14/16, 10 pm.


The wingspan of this moth was about 4.5 cm and it sounded rather heavy while bouncing off my porch light. There are five Mocis species in North America.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1199939
moth photographers group:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8744


Mocis latipes - Hodges#8743 (Small Mocis).
 
 
 
Photo: 09/21/17, 9 pm.


The second Mocis species that I found in our yard. The wingspan is about 1.5". The larvae are called "Striped Grass Looper" and feed on grasses, corn, beans and turnip. The second link is for a dissertation titled "Behavioral biology of the striped grass looper, Mocis latipes (Guenée), in north-central Florida".  
 
 
bug guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/47568
UF dissertation by T. W. Dean (1985):
http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00003399/


Orgyia leucostigma - Hodges#8316
 
 
 
(White-marked Tussock Moth) - imm.
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 06/20/14, 11 am.


A caterpillar of the White-marked Tussock Moth. The bug guide warns that the hairs of this caterpillar are "known to cause allergic reactions". It feeds on an extremely wide variety of trees. The fungus Entomophaga maimaiga, which was introduced to control the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar, is known to infect O. leucostigma
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/941279
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgyia_leucostigma


Oxycilla mitographa - Hodges#8408.
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 08/19/14, 10 pm.


Couldn't find much about this pretty, little moth. The genus has five species in North America and this is seemingly a late sighting (even for Florida). 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/981338


Palthis asopialis - Hodges#8398
 
 
 
(Faint-spotted Palthis).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 08/08/14, 10 pm.


Looks like a jet fighter and I am just amazed by the pose. The two species of Palthis in North America can be distinguished based on the information provided here. The moth was attracted to my deck light and "sat" calmly underneath the lamp in a sea of frantic insect activity. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/974471


Pangrapta decoralis - Hodges#8490 (Decorated Owlet ).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 08/19/14, 10 pm.


This moth has its wings not spread out but rather in a semi-vertical position. The current species Pangrapta decoralis appears to include at least three varieties. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/981334


Panopoda repanda - Hodges#8589 (Orange Panopoda).
 
 
 
Photo: 04/08/16, 10 pm.


The wingspan of this brownish, orange moth is close to 4 cm. The common host plant for its larvae are live oaks. The Orange Panopoda can be found in woodlands and coastal areas from Virginia down to Florida and west to Texas. Their caterpillars occur in midsummer and are pale to emerald green peppered with small dark green to blackish purple spots. They feed on mature foliage.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1208484
D. L. Wagner Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America (Princeton University Press, 2011):
http://tinyurl.com/panopoda


Phyprosopus callitrichoides - Hodges#8525
 
 
 
(Curve-Lined Owlet Caterpillar).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 08/13/11, 11 am.


The Curve-Lined Owlet (Phyprosopus callitrichoides) is a rather unremarkable, brown moth, but what an amazing and bizarre caterpillar. The larvae feed on greenbrier species (Smilax--a flowering, often woody vine). The undulating shape of the caterpillar seems to be characteristic and not a consequence of its movement. The small photo below shows a magnified view of the head. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/562195


Phytometra rhodarialis - Hodges#8481
 
 
 
(Pink-Bordered Yellow).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 07/12/15, 10 pm.


Amazing colors! The forewings of this small moth are yellow and pink. The moth also has thin pink (essentially red) bands near its head. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1100819


Redectis vitrea - Hodges#8401 (White-Spotted Redectis).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 10/03/11, 11 pm.


This brown little moth is likely a White-Spotted Redectis (Redectis vitrea). It can be found in the Eastern half of the country but is not very common. Its larvae have been reported to feed on crabgrass.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/583994


Redectis pygmaea - Hodges#8400 (Pygmy Redectis).
 
 
 
Photo: 09/27/17, 10 pm.


A little, grayish litter moth with a wingspan of close to 15 mm. The genus has two species in North America, so together with the sister species above, this completes the set for my backyard. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1447238


Renia discoloralis - Hodges#8381
 
 
 
(Discolored Renia Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 25 mm. Photo: 08/18/14, 9 pm.


This fairly large moth is common in the Eastern half of the US. Its larvae feed on dead leaves. The caterpillars have a brownish red color with black spots. The genus has 13 species in North America. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/980592


Syntomeida ipomoeae - Hodges#8282
 
 
 
(Yellow-Banded Wasp Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20x40 mm. Photo: 08/08/11, 7 pm.


What an amazing moth! This is Syntomeida ipomoeae (Yellow-Banded Wasp Moth). The wing span is at least 4 cm and the orange color/black really striking. Apparently this moth is only found in Florida and Georgia. In my opinion, the name of its tribe--Tiger Moths--does it more justice than its common name. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/559892


Tetanolita sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15-20 mm. Photo: 09/18/14, 10 pm.


This litter moth is probably Tetanolita floridana - Hodges#8368 that despite its name, is wide-spread in the eastern half of the US. Its larvae seem to feed on fallen organic matter. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/998164


Utetheisa ornatrix - Hodges#8105 (Rattlebox Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 09/05/11, 2 pm.


Rattlebox (or Bella) Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix). Until recently there were two subspecies recognized and this one would have belonged to U. ornatrix bella. All developmental stages are protected by an alkaloid which is also transferred during mating from the male to the eggs via its sperm. 
 

  

A short video is available on my YouTube channel.
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/572546


Virbia laeta - Hodges#8114 (Joyful Holomelina).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 09/20/11, 10 pm.


This tiger moth is a Joyful Holomelina (Virbia laeta). Couldn't find any information on this moth. 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/579149


Zale lunata - Hodges#8689 (Lunate Zale).
 
 
 
Photo: 09/28/17, 9 pm.


A fairly large, very rugged looking moth. The wingspan varies between 40 and 55 mm. The brownish wings are quite variable in color details and patterns. The larvae feed on deciduous trees such as maples and willows. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1447647