Clearwing Moths (superfamily Cossoidea), Plume Moths (superfamily Pterophoroidea), and Swallowtail Moths (family Uraniidae) have nothing in common outside of unique appearance and that they all belong to the order Lepidoptera. More information on the various species not covered here can be found at the Moth Photographers Group or Butterflies and Moths of North America.
Other Lepidoptera groups include Tiger and Tussock Moths, Silk and Sphinx Moths, Geometer Moths, Cutworms and Dart Moths, Snout Moths and other micromoths, and Butterflies.
Clearwing Moths (Superfamily Cossoidea)
Also known as Carpenter Moths, these can be devastating pests as their larva bore into trees. Their names align with the trees/plants they tend to bore into. Many adults in this family avoid predators by mimicking stinging insects.
Plume Moths (Superfamily Pterophoridae)
Plume Moths have unique narrow wings with bristles trailing behind. These bristles are usually rolled up on the main wing when the moth is at rest, allowing it to blend in with grasses.
Swallowtail Moths (Family Uraniidae)
These typically tropical moths are unique in appearance. They are related to Geometer Moths. Only one species is found in our region.
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