COLORFUL MINIATURE MOTHS

This moth belongs to the genus Virbia, a type of tiger moth. Several brightly colored species of Virbia moths are difficult to distinguish, unless you get a look at their hindwings. Photographed at Huffman Prairie.

Ailanthus Webworm. Many people would mistake this insect for a beetle, but it's actually a moth, and one of the most abundant moth species in our area. I find them in great numbers from April through October.

Common Spragueia moth on ox-eye flower (false sunflower). This colorful little day-flying moth was photographed at Huffman Prairie on August 13, 2016.

Orange-headed Epicallima moth - big name for such a teeny, tiny insect. I don't usually try to identify moths that are this small, but who could resist such bright colors? I have found several individuals at my UV lights in June and July.

Immaculate Virbia moth, attracted with UV lights and photographed May 18, 2017. This is one of the more uncommon Virbia species. I have also found them at my lights in July.