Clearwing Moths, Plume Moths, and Scoopwing Moths of Columbia County, Oregon

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.

American Hornet Moth Sesia tibiale columbia county northwest oregon
American Hornet Moth (Sesia tibiale) – (photo © Sara Simpkins)
Strawberry Crown Borer Moth Synanthedon bibionipennis columbia county northwest oregon
Strawberry Crown Borer (Synanthedon bibionipennis) – (photo © K Schneider)
Raspberry Crown Borer moth Pennisetia marginatum columbia county northwest oregon
Raspberry Crown Borer (Pennisetia marginatum) – (photo © jsatler)
Fireweed Clearwing Moth Albuna pyramidalis
Fireweed Clearwing Moth (Albuna pyramidalis) – (photo © Stuart Tingley)

Currant Clearwing Moth Synanthedon tipuliformis columbia county northwest oregon
Currant Clearwing Moth (Synanthedon tipuliformis) – (photo © Ramunė Vakarė)
Douglas-fir Pitch Moth Synanthedon novaroensis
Douglas-fir Pitch Moth (Synanthedon novaroensis) – (photo © vicktory55)
Western Willow Clearwing Moth Synanthedon albicornis
Western Willow Clearwing Moth (Synanthedon albicornis) – (photo © Tobi Shays)

Raspberry Crown Borer larva Pennisetia marginatum cater
Raspberry Crown Borer larva (Pennisetia marginatum) (photo © Jason L. Miller)
Currant Clearwing Moth larva Synanthedon tipuliformis caterpillar columbia county northwest oregon
Currant Clearwing Moth larva (Synanthedon tipuliformis) – (photo © migallel)

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.

Morning-glory Plume Moth Emmelina monodactyla columbia county northwest oregon
Morning-glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla) -(photo © giorege1959)
Artichoke Plume Moth Platyptilia carduidactylus
Artichoke Plume Moth (Platyptilia carduidactylus) – (photo © Robb Hannawacker)
Geranium Plume Moth Amblyptilia pica columbia county northwest oregon
Geranium Plume Moth (Amblyptilia pica) – (photo © Brevan Wagner)
Plain Plume Moth Hellinsia homodactylus columbia county northwest oregon
Plain Plume Moth (Hellinsia homodactylus) – (photo © Giff Beaton)

Morning-glory Plume Moth larva Emmelina monodactyla
Morning-glory Plume Moth larva (Emmelina monodactyla) -(photo © Donald Hobern)
Artichoke Plume Moth larva Platyptilia carduidactylus caterpillar columbia county northwest oregon
Artichoke Plume Moth larva (Platyptilia carduidactylus) – (photo © MJ Hatfield)

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.

Gray Scoopwing moth Callizzia amorata columbia county northwest oregon
Gray Scoopwing (Callizzia amorata) – Found in forest, where it holds rear wings to body in unique manner.. (photo © Harsi Parker)
Gray Scoopwing larva Callizzia amorata columbia county northwest oregon
Gray Scoopwing larva (Callizzia amorata) – Feeds on honeysuckles and snowberry. (photo © Charley Eiseman)

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