Lunate Zale (Zale lunata)

Lunate Zale (Zale lunata)

The Lunate Zale is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the East of North America. The wingspan is 40–55 mm. The moth flies from March to September depending on the location.

Adults – quite variable with both fore- and hindwings dark brown with shades of yellow, red brown and black, sometimes with white or silver marginal patches.

Photographed in Connecticut; 10/5/18

Hosts: The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, such as Maple, Willow and Prunus.

Note: common

Zale lunata

Idaea bonifata

Idaea bonifata

Idaea bonifata is a moth in the family Geometridae. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah. The length of the forewings is 6–7 mm. Adults are on wing from March to October.

Idaea bonifata is VERY tiny and often overlooked, so I’m not surprised the range on MPG doesn’t have it there. Then again, the ranges on MPG are incomplete for many species, and over-representative for others.

Photographed in Connecticut; 10/5/18

Hosts: The larvae feed on decaying leaves and stored grains.

Note: Uncommon

Idaea bonifata

The Common Idia (Idia aemula)

The Common Idia (Idia aemula)

The Common Idia (Idia aemula) is a litter moth of the family Erebidae. It is found from Canada south to Florida and Texas and in most of Eurasia.
In North America, adults are on wing from May to October in the north and from April to November in the south.

FW is variable pale grayish brown to dark gray, peppered with dusky scales. Jagged lines are often heaviest at costa. Orbicular and reniform spots are typically pale yellow. Darker individuals often have pale yellow ST line.

Hosts: The larvae feed on dead leaves.

Note: Common

Common Idia (1)

Wavy-Lined Emerald (Synchlora aerate)

Wavy-Lined Emerald (Synchlora aerate)

Synchlora aerata, the Wavy-Lined Emerald moth, is a species of moth of the Geometridae family. It is found in most of North America.

Pale green wings have slightly wavy white AM and PM lines. Dotted whitish ST line is sometimes noticeable. Fringe on all wings is tinged pale green. Abdomen has narrow white dorsal stripe running entire length.

Hosts: The larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including the flower heads of composite flowers and other flowering plants, as well as shrubs and trees. Recorded food plants include Aster, Rudbeckia, Liatris, Solidago, Artemisia, Achillea and Rubus species. They attach bits of the plant tissue on which they are feeding along their backs. The species overwinters as a partially grown larva.

Note: Common

Wavy-lined Emerald

Unspotted Looper (Allagrapha aerea)

Unspotted Looper (Allagrapha aerea)

The Unspotted Looper Moth (Allagrapha aerea) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in eastern North America from southern Ontario to the panhandle of Florida and west to western Nebraska.

Pinkish FW has bands of orange-brown shading along wavy AM and PM lines. Inconspicuous reniform spot is filled with brown scales.

Hosts: Low plants, including aster, dandelion, and stinging nettle.

Note: Common

Unspotted Looper

Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra)

Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra)

The Green Cloverworm or black snout is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is found from Canada south to Florida and Texas.

FW is variable but is typically grayish brown with darker outer median area. Black PM line is straight at inner margin. Often there is a short black streak in inner median area. Apical dash is long, reaching inner margin.

Hosts: Low plants and crops, including alfalfa, bean, clover, ragweed, raspberry, and strawberry.

Note: Common


White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

The White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) is a moth in the family Erebidae. The caterpillar is very common especially in late summer in eastern North America, extending as far west as Texas, California, and Alberta. Also found in Europe and Taiwan.

FW pattern and color are variable. Resembles Definite Tussock Moth but often is more uniformly gray or brown, usually with less obvious blackish streaks in outer ST area. Female is wingless.

Hosts: Various deciduous trees.

Note: Common

White-Marked Tussock Moth2

False Hemlock Looper (Nepytia canosaria)

False Hemlock Looper (Nepytia canosaria)

Nepytia canosaria, the false hemlock looper, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found from Northeastern Alberta east to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, south through New England.

Peppery FW is variably white to dark gray, boldly marked with toothed black lines and veins. Black discal spot is conspicuous.

Hosts: Coniferous trees, including fir, hemlock, and spruce.

Note: Common


Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens)

Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens)

The Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is known as Falso Medidor in north-eastern Mexico. It is found from Southern Quebec and Southern Ontario through the eastern and southern part of the United States to Central America and South America, the Antilles and the Galápagos Islands.

Grayish FW has a distinctly bronzy sheen. Typically has a blackish patch between stigma and PM line. Two-part silvery stigma has an inverted U-shaped inner part and a solid outer spot.

Hosts: Low plants and crops, including goldenrod, lettuce, soybean, and tobacco.

Note: Common

Soybean Looper