Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

National Moth Week is July 20-28, 2024!

Moths are amazing creatures. Take photographs and share your moth sightings with us to document the moths where you live.

Regional Butterfly and Moth Information

Top 20 Commonly Reported Butterflies and Moths of Nova Scotia

These are the most commonly reported butterflies and moths in Nova Scotia. If you do not see the species you found, look at all photographs submitted in Nova Scotia, or visit the Nova Scotia page to see recently submitted sightings.

Luna moth
Actias luna

Bent-Lined Gray
Iridopsis larvaria

Spotted Tussock Moth or Yellow-Spotted Tiger Moth
Lophocampa maculata

Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus

Arched Hooktip
Drepana arcuata

Virginia Ctenucha
Ctenucha virginica

Sweetfern Geometer
Cyclophora pendulinaria

The Small Engrailed
Ectropis crepuscularia

Modest sphinx
Pachysphinx modesta

Rosy maple moth
Dryocampa rubicunda

Sharp-angled Carpet
Euphyia intermediata

Bronzed Cutworm Moth
Nephelodes minians

Blinded sphinx
Paonias excaecata

Large Lace-border
Scopula limboundata

Waved sphinx
Ceratomia undulosa

Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth
Speranza pustularia

Cecropia silkmoth
Hyalophora cecropia

Powdered Bigwing
Lobophora nivigerata

European Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba

Pale Beauty
Campaea perlata

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A coordinator will review your submission, and you will get an email with the identification.

We will store your submitted data. Your submission will contribute to our species profiles, checklists, and database. You can track all your submissions and create a personal species list.

Identifying Caterpillars

Do you have a photograph of a caterpillar? If so, when you submit your photograph, please provide us with host plant information if possible. Consider raising it to the adult stage before submitting photographs.

Surprisingly, most of the larval stages of butterflies and moths are simply unknown, and caterpillar photographs can be very difficult to identify. It may take some time for a coordinator to identify your caterpillar.

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