Dateline: August 13, 2015*
Diurnal moths fly during the day rather than at night like the majority of moths. Some are quite pretty and are often mistaken for butterflies. One way to differentiate between the butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna. Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed ends.
So, here is a dozen diurnal moths that have visited my Central Florida yard from time to time.
Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix) uses Rabbitbells (Crotalaria rotundifolia) as a larval host in my garden:
Small Frosted Wave Moth (Scopula lautaria):
Clouded Crimson Moth (Schinia gaurae) uses Southern Beeblossom (Oenothera simulans) as a larval host at my place:
Red-waisted Florella Moth (Syngamia florella) uses Rubiaceae family of plants, including Buttonweed (Spermacoce spp) as larval hosts:
Diaphania Moth (Diaphania modialis) Host: Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula):
Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta tyralis) host: Wild Coffee (Psychotria nervosa ) :
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis) Hosts: grasses, lichens, and spike-rushes (Eleocharis spp.):
Litter Moth (Idia americalis) larvae feed on lichens:
Milky Urola Moth (Argyria lacteella):
Snowy Urola Moth (Urola nivalis) lavae feed on grasses; Ligustrum:
Yellow-Banded Wasp Moth (Syntomeida ipomoeae) Host: morning-glory (Ipomoea spp.):
Black-dotted Spragueia Moth (Spragueia onagrus) hosts: Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia), Castanea pumila, Zea mays:
Add some native larval host plants to attract these beauties and increase their populations your garden.
Larval host Resources:
HOSTS – a Database of the World’s Lepidopteran Hostplants
Butterflies and Moths of North America
*This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on August 13, 2015 at the defunct national blog nativeplantwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments.