moths

A Moth at the Window

Sep 11, 2018
An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

A listener has a visit from an Imperial moth.

The larva for the Rustic Sphinx moth, Manduca rustica.
homie00001 [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a caterpillar for a Rustic Sphynx Moth.

A Scarlet-Winged Lichen moth.
Seabrooke Leckie [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The caterpillar of this moth feeds on lichen.

Mating Moths

Jun 27, 2018
A mating pair of Pink-Striped Oakworm moths.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry, Bugwood.org

A listener finds a mating pair of Pink Striped Oakworm moths.

The Great Leopard Moth

Jun 14, 2018
The Great Leopard Moth.
Arnstein Rønning [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This moth is common in South Carolina. It over-winters as a caterpillar and builds its cocoon in the Spring.

The White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Distant Hill Garden [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The bristles on this caterpillar can cause allergic reactions in some people.

The Luna Moth

Apr 11, 2018
Luna Moth - Actias luna.
Lynette Elliott [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

There are two broods of Luna Moth each year in South Carolina.

A Brand New Moth

Mar 9, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a moth, newly emerged from its cocoon.

Bagworm Moths

Feb 23, 2018
A Bagwood Moth egg case.
William Fountain, University of Kentucky, Bugwood.org [CC BY-NC 3.0 US]

The female Bagworm Moth is wingless.

Major Sallow Moth

Jan 29, 2018
A Major Sallow moth, Feralia major.
CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]

A listener photographs a moth that she says looks like it's wearing a Christmas sweater.

A curve-lined owlet moth caterpillar.
Carol Snow Milne/YouTube

A listener spots a rarely-seen caterpillar.

Black Witch Moth

Oct 24, 2017
A male Ascalapha Odorata or commonly known as the Black Witch Moth.
Happycoder89 [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a black witch moth--a rare species for South Carolina.

Puss caterpillar.
touterse [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The puss caterpillar has stinging bristles. It is the larval form of the southern flannel moth.

Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus, Durham, North Carolina, United States
Patrick Coin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Listeners have reported many sightings of this beautiful moth.

A Giant Leopard moth, Hypercompe scribonia, 1.25 inches long, in Austin, Texas.
Ronnie Pitman [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Listeners report sightings of several of the distinctive moths living in South Carolina.

The Regal Moth

Jun 30, 2017
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

These moths pupate in the ground, sometimes for as long as two years.

An Ailanthus Webworm Moth.
Ryan Hodnett [CC SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This moth is a wide-ranging, introduced species.

A Pink Spotted Hawk Moth.
gailhampshire/Flickr

The Pink-Spotted Hawk Moth is a strong flyer.

Imperial Moths mating.
National Park Service/Kent Walters

  Many listeners are reporting sightings of the beautiful Imperial Moth in South Carolina, often in mating pairs.

A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

The beautiful, Regal moth lives throughout the state, but is not often seen.

Moth Rescue

Jul 21, 2016
An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a moth laying eggs in a dangerous place and attempts a rescue.

The pupa of some moths pupate in the ground.

  A listener shares a count of the bird species in the Rock Creek area of Great Falls.

Rosy Maple Moths

May 6, 2016
A rosy maple moth on a pane of glass in Durham, NC.
Rhododendrites, via Wikimedia Commons

The rosy maple moth is one of the most beautiful moths in South Carolina.

An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

  A listener reports seeing an Imperial Moth and wants to know more about it.


Nessus Sphinx Moth
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, via Wikimedia Commons

The Nessus Sphinx Moth is sometimes called a Hummingbird Moth. It not only looks a bit like a Hummingbird, is often behaves like one.

  

Oblique Banded Leaf Roller Moth
Cheryl Moorehead, via Wikimedia Commons

The Oblique Banded Leaf Roller Moth can look like a dead leaf in the right setting.


An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Not exactly royal purple, this majestic creature nevertheless deserves the name "Imperial."


Polyphemus Moth
Organic, via Wikimedia Commons

Two listeners sighted this "beautiful moth" and wonder what kind it is.  


Tulip Tree Moth

Jul 3, 2015
Tulip Tree Beauty Moth
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds the remains of a moth still carrying its eggs.


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