Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes


Strikingly colored Moths

Some moths that we quickly recognize, but unfortunately not so quickly recall the names!!

Thyris maculata
My wife and I just found one of these a little while ago, a very small moth but with a striking pattern on the wings:

Can somebody help me identify
Can somebody help me identify this moth that I snapped at the park the other day? The image shows some good details.

lmerrill, your picture isn't a moth.
It is a butterfly. I would suggest Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) or something close. Without information (such as the location of the butterfly and time of year for example) I can't be sure. I would also suggest using ID Request for any other insects you would like to find out about.

For those who didn't think to look at the html for this page
Here's a link to the image lmerril tried to display, but failed because he or she forgot to enclose the address in quotes:

We checked your contributor page
and you haven't submitted any images. Just go to ID Request and click on "add an image" and follow the directions for uploading your image. Once it is there people will comment on it. You won't have to ask for help. It is assumed that you want help since you posted to ID Request.

Thanks for the suggestions -
We're just kinda waiting for BugGuide 2.0 to see how "articles" such as these will be used in the new format. We are hoping that they will appear in a frequently asked questions section, and in a format that is editable by all editors just as the current guide pages are. That way more editors will have a say in what format they take. We would like it to be a quick identification chart to some moths, but one that's not so big as to be a problem for people still on dial-up. We'll see!

It'll be exciting to see 2.0 and how everything works out with it!

Some other possibilities of varying usability...
Sorry if I repeat some!

Chickweed Geometer- Haematopis grataria
Orange Headed-Epicallma Moth- Epicallima argenticinctella
The Neighbor Moth- Haploa contigua
Reflective Tortyra Moth- Tortyra slossonia
Southern Speagueia Moth- Spragueia dama
Brown Ctuenucha- Ctenucha brunnea
Coffee Loving Pyrausta Moth- Pyrausta tyralis

Just for starters...


Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.