Journal archives for April 2020

April 07, 2020

Most Common Moth by Month

The moth season has definitely begun! We're getting lots of observations both from our regular moth-ers and from other people all over the state that are participating in the Oklahoma Spring Virtual BioBlitz! For this post I thought it would be fun to look at the most commonly observed species in each month of the year, using all of the observations that have been submitted for our state. Common and (Latin) names are provided, along with [number of observations] in that month. There are two-way ties in several of the months. Here's the list!

January: Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra) and Arge Moth (Apantesis arge) [2 each]
February: Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra) and Spring Cankerworm (Paleacrita vernata) [9 each]
March: Common Oak Moth (Phoberia automaris) [38]
April: Fall Webworm (Hyphantria cunea) [60]
May: Carpenterworm Moth (Prionoxystus robiniae) and Thin-lined Owlet (Isogona tenuis) [29 each]
June: White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata) and Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli) [25 each]
July: Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aure) [34]
August: Luna Moth (Actias luna) [54]
September: Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea) [44]
October: Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra) [38]
November: Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra) [24]
December: Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra) [10]

and the winner for most observations any time of the year is...

Fall Webworm Moth (Hyphantria cunea) with 225 observations narrowly edging out Green Cloverworm with 207 observations.

Posted on April 07, 2020 17:54 by zdufran zdufran | 1 comment | Leave a comment