Access to photos of caterpillar and adult forms of thousands of North American moth species
Images of North American Moth Species
Links to Photos of Nearly All Moth Species Known in North America
There are over 10,500 identified species of moths in North America (north of Mexico). Surprisingly, there exist only a few somewhat readily available books providing images of some of the adult forms and very few that show many larval forms of these insects. Each of those books provides a glimpse of less than 15% of the known species and most are largely redundant with each other. Nevertheless, these books are very useful in identifying moths, since they have excellent photos or drawings and include extensive verbal descriptions.
The Worldwide Web is the ideal medium to eventually fill in the gaps. Together, print and elecronic resources provide good images of nearly all of the North American moths.
Most of the site you are now viewing was constructed by searching the Web for you, then listing links to all useful images (caterpillars, pupae, and/or adults) that were found. I periodically survey the Web to find more such images. Many thanks are due to the scores of individuals and organizations who have posted images on the Web and made this assemblage possible.
NEW! I am currently combining the information from two of my websites to provide a "one-stop" resource for moth images. I have long provided a website that leads one to available books showing North American moth images (click HERE to reach a somewhat incomplete version of that site). I am now in the process of taking that information and placing it on the site you are now viewing. It will take much time to merge the information on these two websites, but I have begun the task. Currently only families Crambidae, Pyralidae, Geometridae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Lymantriidae and Arctiidae (these two now considered subfamilies within family Erebidae), Erebidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae, and Noctuidae through Hodges Checklist number 9324 have had their web and book information integrated. If you go to the pages for any of these taxa, you will see what the entire website will eventually look like.
Last update: 3 April 2013
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|GO TO THE LISTS OF SPECIES (CATERPILLARS, ADULTS)||THE MOST PROMINENT GROUPS OF MOTHS: FIRST IDENTIFICATION CLUES|
|HOW TO FIND A MOTH'S IMAGE IF YOU KNOW ITS NAME OR FAMILY||HOW THE LIST IS BEING DEVELOPED|
|DISCLAIMERS, LIMITATIONS||AN APPEAL FOR HELP|
John Snyder is the developer and maintainer of this resource.
He can be reached by e-mail (click HERE), or by postal mail: Department
of Biology, Furman University,
Greenville, SC 29613 (USA).