1.      Even though Google© and other such sites are excellent search tools, they cannot always look for all web pages that are currently available.  So, there are many moth images that I have not  found.  If you know of such images, please send a message to me:  click here to find my internet mail address.

2.      The Web is a dynamic instrument, ever changing.  Therefore, do not be surprised to find that some links are no longer valid.  I will periodically survey the list to weed out dead links.  Some links may appear defunct but are only temporarily so; servers upon which the images are stored may be  nonfunctional for short periods.

3.      For the most part, only the primary genus and species names  as listed in the Hodges checklist were searched.  Many organisms have had more than one name applied to them, but these alternate names were not usually searched.  Similarly, one organism may be known by more than one common name; if you search the list for a name that I did not use, you will come up empty. The 1983 Hodges checklist is gradually becoming less useful as new taxonomic work leads to re-classifications. Nevertheless, it is still the most complete checklist available for this continent.

4.      In the interest of time when dealing with such a large project, I took at face value the identifications provided by those who posted the photographs.  Therefore, it is possible that a picture shows an organism that is incorrectly identified. Furthermore, some species can be distinguished from each other only by examining more than the external adult anatomy (by going to genitalic dissection, looking at the larva and pupa, doing DNA analysis, and learning about the hostplants and season of adult presence). Those pieces of information are beyond the scope of this website.

5.    Although some people prefer to see photographs of living moths, in their natural positions and settings, many of the photos you see on this list are of dead, museum-prepared specimens.  It is sometimes preferable for identification purposes to see Lepidoptera in the "spread" position with wings and antennae fully visible.  The purpose of the moth list is to provide unambiguous identification, not just to show the beauty of moths in their natural setting.

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