Moths around the World - North & Central America

Three Moths

In celebration of National Moth Week we will be taking a journey around the World, and revisiting some of the magnificent moths that have been shared by the Project Noah community, and also getting to know a few of our members a bit better!

Today we are showcasing some of the awesome moths of North and Central America. With an estimated 10,000 different species this area has huge diversity, as you can see here:

Up top, from left: The impressive and very brightly colored Polilla rosada or Pink moth (Cerodirphia Avenata) was spotted in Costa Rica by Jonathan Sequeira; the Hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) beats its wings an incredible 70 times per second; Luna moths (Actias luna) have no proper mouths and only live for a few days after eclosing - just long enough to breed.

Here are some more amazing North American moths:


From left: Noctuid moth (Ceroctena amynta)Peppermint moth (Trosia nigropunctigera)Pandorus sphinx (Eumorpha pandorus)Io moth (Automeris io).

FEATURED “MOTH-ER”- Carol Snow Milne

Carol is a homemaker and Mom of five grown up children, currently living in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

imageCarol joined Project Noah last November when she was trying to find information on an unusual yellow caterpillar of the Goldenrod Hooded Owlet moth (Cucullia asteroides) she had found. Despite her amazing collection, Carol’s interest in nature photography really only took off a year ago when she discovered the macro function on her camera. Her first moth photo was of a Rosy Maple moth which was selected as a Project Noah Spotting of the Day and also featured on the cover of the Project Noah iBook.

Her interest in moths was piqued when she discovered over 25 unusual cocoons on her property over the winter and was happy to find out that they were of various silk moths. Recently Carol has been participating in “mothing” with a local group and finding more and more interesting and colorful moths at night, including a gorgeous Cecropia, and male and female Promethea moths. Since then she has become totally hooked on moths and has shared more than 136 on Project Noah in the last four moths alone! 

Here are a few highlights from Carol’s great collection:

From left: the famous Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)Harris’s three-spot (Harrisimemna trisignata)


Karen Loughrey