Celery Looper Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Anagrapha
Species: Falcifera
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Eight-spotted Forester Moth - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Alypia
Species: Octomaculata
Clover Looper Moth - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Caenurgina
Species: Crassiuscula
Family: Erebidae
46 species
Henry's Marsh Moth (larva) - approx. 4 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Simyra
Species: Insularis (also Henrici)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
American Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Acronicta (Dagger Moths)
Species: Americana
Toadflax Brocade Moth - wingspan approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Primrose Moth - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species: Florida
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Moonseed Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Plusiodonta
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Updated July 7 2011
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Species: Compressipalpis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Genus: Calophasia
Species: Lunula
Toadflax Brocade Moth (larva) - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Calophasia
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Updated March 15 2014
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Species: Lunula
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
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Updated March 15 2014
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Updated September 9 2011
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Similar to Forage Looper (C. erechtea - see below) - the
AM and PM lines on the Clover Looper meet at the inner
margins of the forewings
Fingered Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Acronicta (Dagger Moths)
Species: Dactylina
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Fingered Dagger Moths
Updated September 26 2011
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Grapevine Epimenis Moth - wingspan approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Psychomorpha
Species: Epimenis
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Updated January 15 2009
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
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Updated November 30 2013
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Eight-spotted Forester Moth larva - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Alypia
Species: Octomaculata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Cattail Caterpillar Moth
Long hairs distinguish this larva from Eudryas unio and
Eudryas grata (see above)
Forage Looper Moth - wingspan approx. 4 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Caenurgina
Species: Erechtea
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Similar to Clover Looper (C. crassiuscula - see above) - the
AM and PM lines on the Forage Looper do not meet at the
inner margins of the forewings
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Toothed Somberwing Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Euclidia
Species: Cuspidea
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
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Updated November 4 2015
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Updated March 13 2017
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Updated February 6 2017
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Common Looper Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Autographa
Species: Precationis
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Similar to Two-spotted Looper (Autographa bimaculata)
and Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens)
Large Bomolocha Moth (larva) - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Edictalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Large Snout Moth
Introduced to Ontario from Europe to control Butter & Eggs
and other Toadflaxes, its common foodplants
Baltimore Hypena - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Baltimoralis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Small Bird Dropping Moth - approx. 1 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Ponometia
Species: Erastrioides
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Common Looper Moth - approx. 2 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - September 2013
Clover Looper Moth - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - July 2007
Toothed Somberwing Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - Leslie Spit - June 2011
Eight-spotted Forester Moth larva with Bold Jumping Spider - approx. 2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - July 2008
Toadflax Brocade Moth (larva) on Butter & Eggs - approx. 2 cm - High Park - October 2010
Primrose Moth - approx. 2 cm - Markham (Warden & Steeles) - September 2011
Henry's Marsh Moth (larva) on Cattail - approx. 4 cm - Kortright Centre for Conservation - July 2009
American Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Fingered Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm - Leslie Spit - September 2011
Moonseed Moth (larva) on Moonseed vine - approx. 5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - July 2011
Large Bomolocha Moth (larva) - approx. 2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - April 2010
Grapevine Epimenis Moth - wingspan approx. 2.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - April 2008
Small Bird Dropping Moth - length approx. 1 cm - wingspan approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2014
Baltimore Hypena - approx. 2 cm - wingspan to 3 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - June 2014
Goldenrod? Hooded Owlet Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Cucullia (Hooded Owlets)
Species: Asteroides?
More Hooded Owlet Moths
Updated September 15 2016
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Asteroid - colour highly variable - C. omissa
and C. florea (Gray hooded-owlet) are similar
Goldenrod? Hooded Owlet Moth (larva) on New England Aster - approx. 5 cm - Lynde Shores Conservation Area - September 2007
Brown Hooded Owlet Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Cucullia (Hooded Owlets)
Species: Convexipennis
More Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moths
Updated December 1 2014
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Baltimore Snout - similar to Dimorphic
Hypena (H. bijugalis) female (see below)
More Baltimore Hypena Moths
Updated November 27 2016
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Smeared Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Acronicta (Dagger Moths)
Species: Oblinita
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Highly variable in colour but usually some combination of
black, yellow, red and white - also known as Smartweed
Caterpillar
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Common Looper Moths
Updated August 27 2016
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Spectacled Nettle Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Abrostola
Species: Urentis
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Toadflax Brocade Moth on Queen Anne's Lace - wingspan approx. 3 cm - Rouge Park - July 2011
Eight-spotted Forester Moth - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Beaver Creek (Richmond Hill) - June 2008
Speckled Snout - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Atomaria
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Uncommon - similar to some Litter moths
More Speckled Snout Moths
Updated June 11 2015
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Speckled Snout - approx. 2 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - Thorncliffe Park - June 2015
Common Fungus Moth - wingspan approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Metalectra
Species: Discalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Spectacled Nettle Moth - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - Thorncliffe Park - June 2015
Green Leuconycta Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leuconycta
Species: Diphteroides
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Green Leuconycta Moth - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - Don Mills - June 2015
Larvae feed on Goldenrod and Aster species
Tufted Bird Dropping Moth - wingspan approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Cerma
Species: Cerintha
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Tufted Bird Dropping Moth - length approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - Don Mills - June 2015
Larvae feed on fruit-bearing trees including apple, plum,
peach and cherry
Larvae feed on Stinging Nettle
Green Cloverworm Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Scabra
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Green Cloverworm Moth - approx. 2 cm - wingspan to 3.5 cm - Don Mills - June 2015
Forage Looper Moth - wingspan approx. 4 cm - Don Mills - July 2015
Grote's Sallow - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Copivaleria (Sallow Moths)
Species: Grotei
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Grote's Sallow - approx. 2 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - May 2015
More Green Cloverworm Moths
Updated January 23 2017
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Green-patched Looper Moth - approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Diachrysia
Species: Balluca
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Hologram moth
More Green-patched Looper Moths
Updated July 13 2016
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Green-patched Looper Moth - approx. 3 cm - High Park - July 2016
Subfamily: Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Pearly Wood Nymph Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Eudryas (Wood Nymphs)
Species: Unio
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
More Pearly Wood Nymph Moths
Updated November 22 2014
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Pearly Wood Nymph Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - June 2014
Beautiful Wood Nymph (see below) is very similar but has a
more smoothly curved
ST line
Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth (larva) - approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Eudryas (Wood Nymphs)
Species: Grata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Pearly Wood Nymph larva (E. unio - see above) is very
similar but has black and white prothoracic shield (plate on
the dorsal surface of the
prothorax) and the prolegs have 2
staggered dark spots - Beautiful Wood Nymph has an
orange prothorax and 1 dark spot on the prolegs
Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth (larva) - approx. 3.5 cm - Kortright Centre for Conservation - August 2011
Subfamily: Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Subfamily: Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Eudryas (Wood Nymphs)
Species: Grata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - July 2016
Large Mossy Lithacodia Moth - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Protodeltote
Species: Muscosula
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Large Mossy Glyph
Large Mossy Lithacodia Moth - approx. 1.2 cm - wingspan to 2.5 cm - High Park - June 2016
Black-dotted Maliattha Moth - approx. 1 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Maliattha
Species: Synochitis
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Black-dotted Glyph
Black-dotted Maliattha Moth - approx. 1 cm - wingspan approx. 2 cm - High Park - June 2016
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Updated August 14 2016
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Spotted Grass Moth - approx. 1 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Rivula
Species: Propinqualis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Common
More Spotted Grass Moths
Updated December 27 2015
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Maple Zale Moth - wingspan 3 to 4 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Zale
Species: Galbanata
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Maple Zale Moth - wingspan 3 to 4 cm - High Park - June 2016
Common Pinkband Moth - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Ogdoconta
Species: Cinereola
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Common Pinkband Moth - approx. 1.2 cm - wingspan approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Celery Looper Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Pearly Wood Nymph (see above) is very similar but has a
more jagged
ST line
Soybean Looper Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Chrysodeixis
Species: Includens
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Soybean Looper Moth - approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Subfamily: Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Cucullia (Hooded Owlets)
Species: Asteroides
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Asteroid
Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan approx. 5 cm - High Park - July 2016
Common Fungus Moth - wingspan approx. 3 cm - High Park - July 2016
Arcigera Flower Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species: Arcigera
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Arcigera Flower Moths
Updated October 8 2016
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Corn Earworm - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Helicoverpa
Species: Zea
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Corn Earworm Moths
Updated October 8 2016
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Arcigera Flower Moth - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Corn Earworm - approx. 2 cm - wingspan 3 to 4.5 cm - High Park - October 2016
Common Fungus Moth larva - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Metalectra
Species: Discalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Common Fungus Moth larva on Hen of the Woods? fungus - approx. 2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - September 2010
Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth - wingspan approx. 4 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Anticarsia
Species: Gemmatalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth - wingspan approx. 4 cm - High Park - October 2016
Smeared Dagger Moth (larva) - approx. 5 cm - Leslie Spit - October 2016
More Tufted Bird Dropping Moths
Updated November 27 2016
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Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Ponometia
Species: Candefacta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth - length approx. 1.2 cm - wingspan approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
Marbled-green Leuconycta Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leuconycta
Species: Lepidula
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Larvae feed on Common Dandelion
Marbled-green Leuconycta Moth - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - High Park - July 2016
Copper Underwing Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Amphipyra
Species: Pyramidoides
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Copper Underwing Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan 4 to 5 cm - High Park - July 2016
More Copper Underwing Moths
Updated December 1 2016
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Brown Hooded Owlet Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan 4 to 5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Saunders' Sallow Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Sympistis
Species: Saundersiana
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Saunders' Sallow Moth - approx. 1.5 cm - High Park - September 2016
Also known as Saunders' Oncocnemis
Bordered Sallow Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Pyrrhia
Species: Cilisca (also Umbra)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Bordered Sallow Moth - approx. 2 cm - wingspan 3 to 4 cm - High Park - July 2016
Gray-edged Snout - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Madefactalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Gray-edged Hypena
Gray-edged Snout - approx. 2 cm - wingspan approx. 3 cm - High Park - August 2016
Dimorphic Hypena - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hypena
Species: Bijugalis
Family: Erebidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also known as Dimorphic Snout - similar to Baltimore
Hypena (H. baltimoralis - see above)
Dimorphic Hypena - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan to 3 cm - High Park - August 2016
Eyed Paectes - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Paectes
Species: Oculatrix
Family: Euteliidae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Eyed Paectes - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
More Eyed Paectes Moths
Updated December 30 2016
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Superfamily: Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
More Eight-spotted Forester Moths
Updated February 6 2017
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Spotted Grass Moth - approx. 1 cm - wingspan to 2 cm - Rouge Park - August 2015
More Common Fungus Moths
Updated February 13 2017
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