Acronicta sp. (Dagger Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 25 mm. Photo: 10/09/11, 9 pm.


A dagger moth (Acronicta sp.) There are 73 different species of Acronicta in North America. The common name refers to black dagger-shaped markings on the upper forewings, which are not very pronounced on this specimen. Caterpillars of most species have brightly colored, hairy spikes. The caterpillars often feed quite visibly on common foliate trees. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/585836
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronicta


Alypia sp. - imm.
 
 
 
Photo: 04/08/17, 5 pm.


This pretty caterpillar belongs to either Alypia cotomaculata or A. wittfeldii. The latter species is restricted to Georgia and Central and South Florida, while the former is widespread through the eastern half of the US. The adults are black with white or yellowish patches on all wings. The larvae feed on plants including Virginia Creeper (the host varies according to species). 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1354391


Anicla infecta - Hodges#10911 (Green Cutworm Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 10/13/11, 8 pm.


This common insect is a Green Cutworm Moth (Anicla infecta). It can be found throughout large parts of the Americas. The larvae feed on grasses, beets, and tobacco. The caterpillars are green and unremarkable.  
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/587192


Azenia obtusa - Hodges#9725 (Obtuse Yellow).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/18/16, 10 pm.


Among its grayish brown colleagues, this yellow moth caught my immediate attention. Its larvae have been found on Great Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), which I (as a mild allergy sufferer) greatly welcome. The wing span of the Obtuse Yellow is about 2 cm. 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1225351


Callopistria floridensis - Hodges#9630
 
 
 
(Florida Fern Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 09/18/14, 9 pm.


In North America, the Florida Fern Moth is one out of six species in the genus Callopistria. Its range is not limited to Florida but extends across the entire eastern half of the country. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/998119


Chrysodeixis includens- Hodges#8890
 
 
 
(Soybean Looper Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 09/03/11, 7 pm.


I am not sure about this identification but I believe it's a Soybean Looper Moth (Chrysodeixis includens). The genus (formerly Pseudoplusia) has seemingly only one species in our area. Its caterpillar is green with white stripes and feeds on a wide range of plants. The larvae can become a pest on crops. 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/571800


Chytonix palliatricula - Hodges#9556 (Cloaked Marvel).
 
 
 
Photo: 04/08/17, 9 pm.


On one of the last cooler evenings of spring, I noticed this pretty moth near our porch lights. Its wing span is a good inch. The species Chytonix palliatricula has two varieties, one with a large white patch covering most of the forewing, and the other without it. This specimen belongs to the more common latter form. The larvae of the Cloaked Marvel feed on specific mushrooms. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1354461


Ctenoplusia oxygramma - Hodges#8889
 
 
 
(Sharp-Stigma Looper Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 04/26/12, 11 pm.


A Sharp-Stigma Looper Moth (Ctenoplusia oxygramma. The small photo was taken on the same day and might be the specimen.  
 

 
bug guide (large photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/634258
bug guide (small photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/634775


Elaphria fuscimacula - Hodges#9675.
 
 
 
Photo: 09/03/14, 8 pm.


The genus Elaphria has 15 different species in North America and several of them are referred to as "Midgets". 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/990447


Elaphria georgei - Hodges#9680 (George's Midget).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/18/17.


This moth is called George's Midget but is really not that small reaching a wingspan of about one inch. Its caterpillars are dark, nearly black, with a long yellow and reddish line.  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1348173


Feltia subterranea - Hodges#10664 (Subterranean Dart).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 15 mm. Photo: 08/14/14, 10 pm.


The Subterranean Dart (also known as Granulate Cutworm) is very common in the Southern US. The larvae can cause damage by cutting off small plants near the ground. They feed on a variety of plants including agricultural relevant vegetable plants. Adults fly year round in the South. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/977910


Galgula partita - Hodges#9688 (The Wedgeling).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/30/16, 9 pm.


This rather common moth lives in moist forest habitats throughout much of the US. It is called the Wedgeling. My specimen looks a bit beaten up and worn but I believe it's a male. Males are yellow-brown to orange-brown while females are dark maroon. The faint forewing markings are more evident in the lighter colored males. The larvae feed on wood sorrel (Oxalis sp.). The small photo (taken on 4/9/16 at 10 pm) shows a different specimen. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1205448


Homophoberia apicosa - Hodges#9057 (Black Wedge-Spot).
 
 
 
Photo: 09/03/14, 9 pm.


The fuzzy spot in the middle of photo is the erect body of this moth. For North America, H. apicosa is one out of two species in this genus. Its larvae feed on smartweed (Polygonum) which (as suggested in the linked text) is an edible weed with a peppery flavor. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/990479


Iodopepla u-album - Hodges#9522
 
 
 
(White-Eyed Borer Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20-30 mm. Photo: 10/05/11, 9 pm.


This moth is a White-Eyed Borer Moth (Iodopepla u-album) and the only species in this genus in North America. Adult moths fly from late March to October and throughout the year in Southern Florida. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/584621


Lacinipolia sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20 mm. Photo: 04/22/12, 9 pm.


The genus Lacinipolia has over fifty species in North America. Two possible assignments for this specimen are L. laudabilis (Laudable Arches Moth - Hodges#10411) and L. implicata (Implicit Arches Moth - Hodges#10414). The small photo was taken on 04/04/17. 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/632730
bug guide (small photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1353316


Leucania sp..
 
 
 
Photo: 05/28/15, 10 pm.


A wide spread genus with over 30 species in North America. It is possibly L. adjuta, the Adjutant Wainscot. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1074534


Lithacodia musta - Hodges#9051
 
 
 
(Small Mossy Lithacodia).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 06/08/15, 10 pm.


One of three species, the Small Mossy Lithacodia is wide spread in the eastern half of the US. The forewings are dark greenish with blackish shading and lines but the green fades to yellowish in old specimens. Wikipedia refers to this species as Deltote musta
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1080852


Marimatha nigrofimbria - Hodges#9044
 
 
 
(Black-Bordered Lemon Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10-20 mm. Photo: 08/10/11, 8 pm.


Found throughout the Eastern US and Texas. This is a Black-Bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria). Its bright yellow color, black border, and dark spots are characteristic for this genus. It belongs to the Owlet Moths Noctuidae that are the largest family in Lepidoptera with more than 35,000 species worldwide. For information on this family follow the third link. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/560860
moth photographers group:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9044
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctuidae


Marimatha tripuncta - Hodges#9045.
 
 
 
Photo: 08/12/14, 10 pm.


This species looks very similar to its sister M. nigrofimbria but in Florida it is the only species with a visible postmedial line. The name giving three spots are not always visible. The range of M. tripuncta is limited to the Caribbean and Florida. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/976875
Ferris, LaFontaine, ZooKeys 39: 117-135, 2010:
http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=2172


Morrisonia mucens - Hodges#10519 (Gray Woodgrain Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 03/28/16.


Morrisonia mucens is found primarily from Texas to the Carolinas but can also occur in the Northeast. The wingspan is about 3 cm. Larvae have been reared on Quercus nigra (oak). 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1204772
J.B. Smith Contributions Toward a Monograph of the Noctuidae of Temperate North America (Washington, 1889):
http://tinyurl.com/Morrisonia


Mythimna unipuncta - Hodges#10438 (Armyworm).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 11/22/11, 11 pm.


The Armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta) is a very common moth throughout most of North America. Its English name refers to the caterpillars which eat until there is nothing left and then "march" by the thousands to a new food source. 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/597352


Orthodes majuscula - Hodges #10585 (Rustic Quaker).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 20-25 mm. Photo: 06/10/12, 9 pm.


Orthodes majuscula or Rustic Quaker is a brownish moth with intricate, yellowish line patterns on its wings. The genus has seven known species in North America. The larvae of the Rustic Quaker feed on a variety of plants such as dandelion and grasses. This specimen was badly injured (see smaller photo below). 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/655256


Ozarba sp..
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 08/22/14, 11 pm.


This worn moth is perhaps Ozarba nebula which flies year round in Florida. There are four species in the US. 
 
 
bug guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/143832/bgpage


Phosphila miselioides - Hodges#9619
 
 
 
(Spotted Phosphila).
 
 
 
Photo: 06/15/15, 10 pm.


A pretty green moth with a wingspan of approximately 30 mm. P. miselioides is one out of two North American species in this genus. Its larvae feed on Smilax plants (Greenbrier).  
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1085155


Polygrammate hebraeicum - Hodges#9285 (The Hebrew).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 12 mm. Photo: 08/13/14, 10 pm.


This striking owlet moth is called the Hebrew. The name refers to the black markings on the moth, which must have reminded some people of characters of the Hebrew alphabet. To me it looks more like a 2D bar code. The moth is found in the eastern half of the US and as far west as Texas. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/977411


Spodoptera latifascia - Hodges#9670
 
 
 
(Velvet Armyworm Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 40 mm. Photo: 04/11/12, 9 pm.


The Velvet Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera latifascia) is found in the Southern US and Central America. The larvae feed on the leaves of tomato plants and other crops. 
 

 
bug guide (these photos):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/628914


Spodoptera ornithogalli - Hodges#9669
 
 
 
(Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 05/13/15, 9 pm.


The wing span of this moth is about 4 cm. Its larvae are called Cotton Cutworm and feed on many herbaceous plants. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1066945


Spodoptera dolichos - Hodges#9671
 
 
 
(Sweetpotato Armyworm Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 06/01/16, 10 pm.


A Sweetpotato Armyworm Moth--don't you love these names. This species is a Southerner with a range spanning from Texas to South Carolina. In the small photo (06/15/15, 10 pm), the wings are slightly spread but most of the time the moth has them closed and looks nearly elliptical as shown on the left.  
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1231948


Spragueia onagrus - Hodges#9126
 
 
 
(Black-Dotted Spragueia Moth).
 
 
 
Photo: 07/16/11, 7 pm.


A very beautiful moth: Spragueia onagrus - Hodges#9126. It's common name is black-dotted Spragueia moth. The bug guide reports this species only for Florida and Georgia but this seems to be misleading. Anyway I couldn't find much information on this small moth. By the way, this is the first (posted) photo taken with my new Nikon D5100. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/546820/bgimage


Spragueia leo - Hodges#9127 (Common Spragueia Moth).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 10 mm. Photo: 08/27/11, 6 pm.


These Spragueia moths are surprisingly shiny and always look a bit "photoshopped". This one is the Common Spragueia Moth (Spragueia leo). 
 

 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/569229#1000058
moth photographers group:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9127
Noctuidae of North America:
http://www.nearctica.com/moths/noctuid/acontia/spragueia/spragueia_leo.htm