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BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS

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Alfalfa Sulphur Butterfly

Latin Name: Colias eurytheme

This is a native insect in North America and is found throughout the U.S. and south into Mexico.

Almond Moth

Latin Name: Cadra cautella

Likely this is native to tropical regions of the world.

Angoumois Grain Moth

Latin Name: Sitotroga cerealella

Latin Family Name: Gelechiidae

Possibly European in origin, as it first was discovered as a grain pest in the French province of Angoumois, from which it got its common name. It was found infesting grain in the United States in 1728, and now is found worldwide.

Apple Leaf Skeletonizer

Latin Name: Psorosina hammondi

This is a native insect in North America, occurring throughout much of the eastern U.S. and in southern Canada.

Armyworm

Latin Name: Mythimna unipuncta

This moth is native to southern North America, but now is found throughout North, Central , and South America as well as in southern Europe, central Africa, and western Asia.

Artichoke plume moth

Latin Name: Platyptilia carduidactylus

This moth is a native of North America.

Beet Armyworm

Latin Name: Spodoptera exigua

Native to Southeast Asia but now found throughout most continents in warmer regions.

Beet Webworm

Latin Name: Loxostege sticticalis

This may be a native moth in North America but now can be found in many other agricultural regions of the world. In North America it is primarily western, found from Manitoba south to Texas and throughout the states west of this. It also occurs occasionally in the upper Northeast.

Black Cutworm

Latin Name: Agrotis ipsilon

Apparently native to North America, this species is now found throughout North and South America.

Black-waved flannel moth

Latin Name: Megalopyge crispata

This is a native insect in North America.

Brown house moth

Latin Name: Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Latin Family Name: Oecophoridae

Possibly of European origin, as it is now found nearly worldwide but appears to be most serious as a pest in Great Britain and Europe.

Buck Moths

Latin Name: Hemileuca sp.

These are native insects in North America.

Burrowing Sod Webworm

Latin Name: Acrolophus popeannellus

These are native insects in North America with most species found in the southern and western states, but occurring as far north as Pennsylvania and the Upper Midwest. Many more species occur throughout Latin America.

Cabbage Looper

Latin Name: Trichoplusia ni

This species is native to North America, where it occurs throughout the U.S. and Canada including Hawaii, and south into Mexico. It also has made its way to most of Africa, Asia, Europe, and into the Australian region.

Cabbage White Butterfly

Latin Name: Pieris rapae

This is likely a native of Europe, but was first found in North America in Quebec in 1860. It dispersed so quickly that within 6 years it was also found along the Gulf Coast states and Rocky Mountain states.

Cactus Moth

Latin Name: Cactoblastis cactorum

This moth is native to South America.

California oak moth

Latin Name: Phryganidia californica

This is a native insect in the western U.S.

California Tent Caterpillar

Latin Name: Malacosoma californicum

This is a native species in North America and occurs from eastern Canada south into the northeast U.S. and west to the Pacific Coast. It is much more common in the western half of the continent.

Carpet Moth

Latin Name: Trichophaga tapetzella

Likely European in origin, this moth is rare in North America.

Case-bearer moth

Latin Name: Coleophora sp.

There are many native species in North America.

Casemaking Clothes Moth

Latin Name: Tinea Pellionella

Latin Family Name: Tineidae

Possibly Asian in origin, but found throughout the world.

Codling moth

Latin Name: Cydia pomonella

It is believed that this moth originated in Asia and moved into Europe many centuries ago. It was then brought into North America in infested materials during colonial times and was discovered on the Pacific Coast states by 1872. It now is found worldwide wherever suitable host plants are grown.

Corn Earworm

Latin Name: Helicoverpa zea

This is a native moth in North America.

Diamondback moth

Latin Name: Plutella xylostella

Likely a native of Europe, but found throughout the world where cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are grown. It was first discovered in the U.S. in 1854 and now can be found throughout North America.

Douglas Fir Pitch Moth

Latin Name: Vespamima ovaroensis

These are native moths in western North America.

Eastern spruce budworm

Latin Name: Choristoneura fumiferana

This is a native moth in North America.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Latin Name: Malacosoma americanum

This is a native species in North America and occurs commonly in the eastern half from the Rockies to the east coast and eastern Canada.

European Corn Borer

Latin Name: Ostrinia nubilalis

This species is native to Europe, but was introduced to the U.S. in the early 1900’s with infested plant materials grown for making brooms. It now is common throughout North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

European grain moth

Latin Name: Nemapogon granella

Latin Family Name: Tineidae

Not mentioned in the literature, but found throughout North America and Europe.

European Grapevine Moth

Latin Name: Lobesia botrana

Native to Europe.

Evergreen bagworm moth

Latin Name: Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis

This is a small family of native moths in North America.

Fall Armyworm

Latin Name: Spodoptera frugiperda

This is a native of North and South America and is found throughout the warmer regions of these continents. It does not survive the winters in cooler northern states but may migrate northward during the summer.

Fall cankerworm

Latin Name: Alsophila pometaria

Native to North America and found throughout southern Canada and the eastern half of the U.S. as well as in California and Colorado.

Fall Webworm

Latin Name: Hyphantria cunea

This species is native to North America, but in the 1940’s was accidentally introduced to Europe, eventually spreading throughout Europe and east into much of northeastern Asia. In North America it is found throughout the U.S., much of Canada, and south into Mexico.

Fan Palm Caterpillar

Latin Name: Litoprosopus coachellae

Latin Family Name: Noctuidae

Native to the western United States, and found primarily in the Southwest states of California and Arizona.

Fiery Skipper Butterfly

Latin Name: Hylephila phyleus

This is a native butterfly in North America, but introduced into Hawaii around 1970.

Filbertworm Moth

Latin Name: Cydia latiferreana

The moth is a native of North America.

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Latin Name: Malacosoma disstria

This is a native species in North America and occurs from eastern Canada south into the northeast U.S. and west to the Pacific Coast. It is much more common in the eastern half of the continent.

Fruit-tree leafroller moth

Latin Name: Archips argyrospila

The moth is a native of North America.

Genista broom moth

Latin Name: Uresiphita reversalis

This is a native moth in North America and occurs from eastern Canada to Mexico and over most of the U.S.

Grape Leaf Folder

Latin Name: Desmia funeralis

This is likely a native moth in the southern U.S., and its current range covers southeastern Canada south to Florida and west across the U.S. in the southern half to California. It also occurs south into Mexico and Central America.

Greater Wax Moth

Latin Name: Galleria Mellonella

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

Possibly native to North America.

Gypsy Moth

Latin Name: Lymantria dispar

This is native to Europe and Asia but was deliberately brought into the U.S. in the 1860’s as a possible source of silk, and managed to escape captivity to infest surrounding forests. It now is found in the Upper Midwest and Northeast states and southern Canada, and occasionally will be intercepted in California and Florida where eradication programs have successfully removed it.

Hag Moth

Latin Name: Phobetron pithecium

This is a native insect in eastern North America.

Hemlock looper

Latin Name: Lambdina sp.

This is a native insect in eastern North America.

Household Casebearer

Latin Name: Phereoeca uterella

This species requires high humidity to survive well and is found in South America, leading to suspicion that its origin is also Latin America. In the U.S. it is found along the Gulf States from Florida to Texas and north into Virginia.

Indian Meal Moth

Latin Name: Plodia Interpunctella

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

A native of Europe and Asia, but now found throughout the world. The common name was given to the moth by an American entomologist who found it infesting cornmeal, or “Indian” corn.

Juniper Twig Girdler

Latin Name: Periploca nigra

This is a native species in western North America.

Large yellow underwing moth

Latin Name: Noctua pronuba

This is a native of Europe and Asia, but was introduced into North America in 1979 and is now found as far north as the Arctic Ocean and throughout the entire United States.

Light Brown Apple Moth

Latin Name: Epiphyas postvittana

This species is native to the Australian region.

Luna Moth

Latin Name: Actias luna

This is a native insect in North America.

Mediterranean Flour Moth

Latin Name: Ephestia Kuehniella

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

Argument exists over whether this species originated in the Mediterranean or Central America, but it now is found throughout the world.

Mexican jumping bean moth

Latin Name: Cydia deshaisiana

These are native to northern Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly

Latin Name: Danaus plexippus

This is a native butterfly in North America.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Latin Name: Nymphalis antiopa

It is considered to be native to the northern latitudes of both North America and Eurasia.

Navel Orangeworm Moth

Latin Name: Amyelois transitella

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

Native to the New World, and found in North and South America and the West Indies.

Omnivorous leafroller moth

Latin Name: Platynota stultana

It is believed that this moth is native to Arizona, but was introduced into California from Mexico with infested produce. It has since spread throughout California and from there to Texas, along the Gulf Coast to Florida, and north along the Atlantic States.

Orange Tortrix

Latin Name: Argyrotaenia franciscana

This moth is likely native to the Pacific Coast of California, and it occurs commonly throughout California and north into southern British Columbia.

Oriental Fruit Moth

Latin Name: Grapholita molesta

Native to eastern Asia and introduced into North America on nursery products around 1915. It may have been transported as cocoons on fruit tree nursery stock, as peaches also are native to China, and spread throughout North America on infested fruit and nursery plantings. It now occurs on all continents where host fruit trees are grown.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Latin Name: Vanessa cardui

These are native insects in North America.

Peach Tree Borer

Latin Name: Synanthedon exitiosa

This moth is a native species that is found throughout North America.

Pine Tip Moths

Latin Name: Rhyacionia Sp.

There are many native species in North America, along with the imported European Pine Shoot Moth.

Pink bollworm

Latin Name: Pectinophora gossypiella

Native to Asia, but now present throughout the world wherever cotton is grown. It was first found in the southern U.S. cotton growing regions in 1920.

Plaster Bagworm

Latin Name: Phereoeca praecox

This moth may be native to Latin America and is more common in southern California than anywhere else in the U.S.

Puss caterpillar

Latin Name: Megalopyge opercularis

This is a native insect in North America.

Raisin Moth

Latin Name: Cadra figulilella

Likely this is native to tropical regions of the world but is found throughout the world at this time.

Red Humped Caterpillar

Latin Name: Schizura concinna

This is a native species in North America that is found throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.

Rice Moth

Latin Name: Corcyra Cephalonica

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

Found throughout the world in a wide variety of plant based products. It is found most often in humid climates, and is a severe problem in cocoa or nut meats originating in tropical countries.

Saddleback Caterpillar

Latin Name: Achaea stimulea

This is a native insect in eastern North America, ranging from Florida to Massachusetts and west to Missouri and Texas.

Salt marsh moth

Latin Name: Estigmene acrea

This is a native moth in North America.

Sod Webworms

Latin Name: Crambus sp.

These are native species in North America and various species may be found in every state and in Canada and Mexico.

Spring cankerworm

Latin Name: Paleacrita vernata

This is a native species in North America.

The carpenterworm

Latin Name: Prionoxystus robiniae

This is a native species in North America and is found throughout the United States and southern Canada and south into Mexico.

The Meal Moth

Latin Name: Pyralis Farinalis

Latin Family Name: Pyralidae

Not found in literature, but this moth is found throughout the world.

The Silkworm

Latin Name: Bombyx mori

These are native to China.

Tobacco Budworm

Latin Name: Heliothis virescens

This is a native insect in the southern U.S. and is found also throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and into South America.

Tomato Hornworm

Latin Name: Manduca quinquemaculata

This is a native species in the U.S. and is found commonly from coast to coast as well as into southern Canada and south into Mexico.

Tussock Moths

Latin Name: Orgyia sp.

These are native species in North America.

Variegated Cutworm

Latin Name: Peridroma saucia

This moth is a native of North America and is found coast to coast in southern Canada, throughout the U.S. including Hawaii, and south in Latin America.

Walnut caterpillar moth

Latin Name: Datana integerrima

This is a native species in North America.

Webbing Clothes Moth

Latin Name: Tineola Bisselliella

Latin Family Name: Tineidae

Some dispute exists over whether it originated in Africa or Europe, but it is now found throughout the world and is very common throughout North America.

Western grapeleaf skeletonizer

Latin Name: Harrisina brillians

This moth is native to the southern U.S. and northern Mexico and occurs from California to Colorado and south through Texas.

White Lined Sphinx

Latin Name: Hyles lineata

This species is native to North America but now is found in the Caribbean as well as parts of Asia and Africa.

White shouldered house moth

Latin Name: Endrosis sarcitrella

Latin Family Name: Oecophoridae

Possibly a native of Europe since it is more common there, but now found worldwide and throughout much of North America. It appears to be a more severe pest of stored products in some European countries than it is in the United States.

Yellow-necked Caterpillar

Latin Name: Datana ministra

This is a native species in North America.

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