"Types of Moths": How many have you seen?

As a connoisseur of moths, I think about this image a lot. I’ve made a fair number of moth observations and I find myself thinking back to it at times and comparing what I’ve found. So I thought this might be a fun little thread: how many of these have you seen? What species have you found that match these descriptions?

I’ll go first, here are mine:
Bird Poo: Tufted Bird-Dropping Moth
Gets WiFi: I haven’t seen many that would fit here, though maybe this drab prominent could work?
Large Friend: Polyphemus Moth
Beautiful Pattern Probably: Double-Banded Grass-Veneer
Impossible to ID: Several, but here are my first and most recent
The one with the thing: Several geometers, though I think the Bent-Line Gray and Half-wing Moths are good examples
Stuffed Toy: A Rosy Maple, exact same species!
Dizzyingly Complex: This Small-eyed Sphinx was intricate and shiny!
Ooh Green: This one was probably meant to be an emerald moth, but the closest I can offer is a Bad-wing moth.

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I know I’ve seen the top 6 and I’ll share a couple pictures.

Wifi

Large friend

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Wow your large friend is beautiful!

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bird poop:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16233074

wifi:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39476178

large friend:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9826977

beautiful, probably:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15745383

impossible:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29292498

that one:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10007745

toy:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/107278689

i havent found one of the dizzyingly complex ones :(

green:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/43537497

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Wow these are all wonderful! I hope you find a dizzyingly complex moth soon :)

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Moths
poop wifi large
22543993 21139237 21361726
probably impossible forget
15064668 111267419 111269647
toy complex green
21166214 120712583 122244681

other categories

that’s a moth?
122249600 90950268 23990275
there’s a moth?
21073124 115213786
big, brown, beautiful
61183612

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That´s fun! Love moths but they are so unsatifyingly hard to ID apparently. Here I go

bird poop:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39490060

wifi:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39119806

large friend:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/118867765

beautiful, probably:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/98749147

impossible:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38552702

that one:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/81179180

toy:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/44395469

dizzyingly complex:
missing that one as well

green:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70991229

Love the additions of Pisum:
Thats a moth?
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70991393

There is a moth?
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46890126

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It looks to me like the Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes.

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editing the post as with my incorrect identification it didn’t contribute to the original topic;

Bird poop (on bird poop)

WiFi

Large friend in bag and more large friends in bags

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I believe there should be a separate label for ‘nondescript brown moth’.
Lots out there!
Ooo Green - a whole group of unidentifiable Geometrids
Complex - Any Euxoa spp. with particular reference to E. ochrogaster. Most of that Genus also falls into the Unidentifiable group as well.
Stuffed toy - most Heliothinae.
That one you know - Anything in the tribe Amphipyrinae.
Large friend/wifi - Cecropia spp.
Bird poop - A whole lot of ‘bird dropping moths’ (Genuine group).

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Original comic can be found here. Bird and Moon is so great!

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We don’t need another moth versus butterfly debate here :laughing:

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bird poop https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104942325
gets wifi https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67789580
large friend https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61160197
beautiful pattern https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/60889385
impossible to id to species https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108299343
stuffed toy https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/115789977
complex https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/57362215
oh green https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71293075

bonus type: camouflage expert moths!


there's no moth here https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93747149

bonus type: mememoths!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73486993
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Oh no… I truly thought they were moths but look at those antennae… I’ll see myself out :grimacing:

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Seen, observed, or identified? Three very different categories.

Where I am right now when the Freshwater Mangrove trees (Barringtonia sp.) bloom the trees are covered in a wide variety of moths each night, as well as having a potentially dangerous number of Giant Asian Honeybees (Apis dorsata) on them too. Last year was the first year the trees right next to my room had a significant bloom, and I risked the bees for a few photos.

There are a lot of other one-off observations, but since you can’t separate moths from butterflies on iNat hunting them down in the observations involves rifling through the larger body of my Lepidoptera observations.

The most memorable observations of moths for me was well before iNat was a thing and I don’t have any photos of it.

Back in 2005 I was working on the edge of the cloud forest in Intag, Ecuador and one night the small building we were living in and working out of was absolutely covered with moths of all shape, size, and description. we spent several hours looking at them, exclaiming over individual ones, and calling others back outside to see one or another unique one. I have never seen so many moths, nor such a wide variety, all in one place before or since. The exterior of the building was literally fuzzy with them.

Lasted one night and never happened again.

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Bird poop:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87605754

Gets wifi:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4580315

Large friend:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4571879
Bonus: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4571861

Beautiful pattern, probably:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4571160

Impossible to ID to Species:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/89860862

That one, you know, with the thing - arg I forget the name:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27253335

Stuffed toy:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13987086

So dizzyingly complex that it consumes your soul:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32454797

Ooh green:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/89860865

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stuffed toy - Stauropus fagi

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. . . . . . . bird poop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . gets wifi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . large friend . . . . . . . .

. . . . Arignota stercorata . . . . . . . . . Lymantria antennata . . . . . Opodiphthera eucalypti . . . .

. . . . . beautiful pattern, . . . . . . . . . . . . impossible to . . . . . . . . . . . that one, you know, . . . .
. . . . . . . . probably . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ID to species . . . . . . . . . . . with the thing - arg, . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I forgot the name . . . . .

. . . . . .Glaucocharis sp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amata sp. . . . . . . . . . . . Crypsiphona ocultaria . . .

. . . . . . . stuffed toy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . so dizzyingly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ooh, green . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complex that it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . consumes your soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . Dysphania numana . . . . . . . . Dudgeonea actinias . . . . . . . . Agathia prasinaspis . . . . .


(Hopefully my formatting works!)

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With a caterpillar from nightmares! :laughing:

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Good advice. Otherwise, things could quickly become… snooty?

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