What Are Some Varieties of Moths?

What Are Some Varieties of Moths?

Some varieties of moth include the cecropia moth, the luna moth, the hornet moth and the betrothed underwing. The cecropia moth is a large, beautiful, heavy-bodied silkworm moth. It has a wingspan of 5 to 7 inches, which makes it the largest moth in North America.

The cecropia moth is found east of the Rocky Mountains. Though their caterpillars are voracious feeders, the cecropia moth does not eat. It is known for the pheromones that the female moth gives off to attract the males.

The luna moth is also a large moth known for its pale green wings. Like the cecropia moth, it is nocturnal, it does not feed and the female uses pheromones to attract a mate. Luna moths are recognizable by their color and long hindwing tails. The sexes look alike, but the antennae of the males are more feathered.

Some moths look surprisingly like wasps or hornets. This is a type of mimicry that the moth uses to protect itself, for the moth is stingless. These types of moths are found in a variety of habitats, but the caterpillars use poplar and willow trees as a food source.

The betrothed underwing is a moth also found in eastern North America and the American Midwest. It has mottled brown forewings, but its hindwings are orange with black bands.