Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Giving Tuesday

Do you use BugGuide? Please consider a monetary gift on this Giving Tuesday.

Your donation to BugGuide is tax-deductible.

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

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events


Species Idia laurentii - Hodges#8331

Why do all the interesting moths come out so blurry? - Idia laurentii Idia laurentii  - Idia laurentii Pennsylvania Moth - Idia laurentii Idia laurentii Idia laurentii
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Idia
Species laurentii (Idia laurentii - Hodges#8331)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idia laurentii (Smith, 1893). Synonyms and taxonomic notes
First described in 1893 by John Bernhard Smith as Epizeuxis laurentii
Explanation of Names
Named for Philip Laurent (1858-1942, see ANSP), a well-known collector and a friend of Henry Skinner, who collected the type specimen on a trip he and Laurent took to North Carolina.
wingspan 24-26 mm (Smith, 1893)
Larvae have been described as detritophagous, meaning they eat bits and pieces of broken-down organic matter
Print References
Skinner, H. & J.B Smith 1893. Two weeks' collecting in N. Carolina by Henry Skinner, M.D., and description of a new moth by Prof. John B. Smith. Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 4(3): 83.