Most Beautiful Moths In The World



A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Moths form the majority of this order. There are thought to be 150,000 to 250,000 different species of moth (about ten times the number of species of butterfly), with thousands of species yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are crepuscular and diurnal species.

Here are some moths I consider interesting and beautiful.

Please note that this post in not supposed to be complete so please be free to post links to other interesting moth images you’ve taken or seen in the comments to this post.

African Moon Moth (Argema mimosae)

African moon moth Argema mimosae
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Ailanthus Silkmoth (Samia cynthia)

Ailanthus silkmoth Samia cynthia
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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas Moth Attacus atlas
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Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)

Black Witch Moth Ascalapha odorata
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Brahmaea hearseyi Moth found in south-east Asia

Brahmaea hearseyi
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Cabbage tree emperor moth (Bunaea alcinoe)

Cabbage tree emperor moth Bunaea alcinoe
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Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

Cecropia Moth Hyalophora cecropia
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Chinese Moon Moth or Chinese Luna Moth (Actias dubernardi)

Chinese Luna Moth Actias dubernardi
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Chinese Oak Silkmoth (Antheraea pernyi)

Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi
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Dysdaemonia fosteri

Dysdaemonia fosteri
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Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Emperor Gum Moth Opodiphthera eucalypti
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Eudocima salaminia

Eudocima salaminia
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Eyed Hawk Moth (Smerinthus ocellata)

Eyed Hawk Moth Smerinthus ocellata
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Garden Tiger moth (Arctia caja)

Garden Tiger moth Arctia caja
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Golden Emperor moth (Loepa katinka)

Golden Emperor moth Loepa katinka
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Helena Gum Moth (Opodiphthera helena)

Helena Gum Moth Opodiphthera helena
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Hornet Moth or Hornet Clearwing (Sesia apiformis)

Hornet Moth Clearwing Sesia apiformis
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Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella)

Longhorn Moth Nemophora degeerella
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Luna Moth (Actias luna)

Luna Moth Actias luna
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Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii)

Oleander Hawk Moth Daphnis nerii
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Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Polyphemus Moth Antheraea polyphemus
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Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri)

Privet Hawk Moth Sphinx ligustri
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Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)

Promethea Silkmoth Callosamia promethea
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Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)

Regal Moth Citheronia regalis
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Small Elephant Hawk-moth(Deilephila porcellus)

Small Elephant Hawk Deilephila porcellus
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Small Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia)

Small Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia
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Spanish Moon Moth, Graellsia isabellae

Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae
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Suraka Silk Moth (Antherina suraka)

Suraka Silk Moth Antherina suraka
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Tau Emperor (Aglia tau)

Tau Emperor Aglia tau
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The Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta)

The Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta
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The Comet moth (Argema mittrei) or Madagascan moon moth

The Comet moth Argema mittrei
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The Hercules Moth (Coscinocera hercules)

The Hercules Moth Coscinocera hercules
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The Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)

The Imperial Moth Eacles imperialis
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The Io Moth (Automeris io)

The Io Moth Automeris io
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Tuliptree Silkmoth or Giant Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera)

Giant Silkmoth Callosamia angulifera
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White lined sphinx (Hyles lineata)

White lined sphinx Hyles ineata
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White Witch (Thysania agrippina)

White Witch Thysania agrippina
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10 responses to "Most Beautiful Moths In The World"

April 19, 2012

This is my 2d try. Excellent choices, nifty presentation. I started my NE USA collection at age (1942), & still have some good Riker mounted specimens. Have netted ’em, raised ’em, hatched ’em. Latest “triumph was a 6+ inch Ello cat which ate t he wife’s xmas pointsettia (she was not amused).The cat went to ground late Nov. & I lost he.

Good job ! I pray this gets to you.

April 20, 2012

p.s.: I was 8 yrs old in ’42.

Connie Reisdorff said:
June 7, 2012

we just found a moth in NE — sooo much fun for the kids to look at.

monik said:
August 21, 2012

jai beaucoup aimer tout vos papillons ils sont si beaux , je suis de la martinique et je n’ai jamais vu de si joli et surtout merci de les mettre a la disposition des autres de partager, je les mets sur le bureau de mon ordinateur pour faire 1 diaporama merci encore

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Estefanía said:
February 7, 2013

They are all very very beautiful, thank you for this, I could spend hours trying to watercolor these fuzzy little monsters.

Addie Johnson said:
June 16, 2013

I found a large moth on our front porch but haven’t been able to find out what it is. I have a picture of it. It has pink, dark blue, and purple on part of it’s wings.

Alana said:
August 7, 2013

Wow, these are beautiful. The Rosy Maple is my favorite moth, I think that totally deserves to be on this list; as does the Death’s Head Hawk Moth, the Sunset Moth, and the Many Plumed Moth. The Brahmaea hearseyi is more commonly known as the Indonesian Owl Moth. The Hornet Moth looks a whole lot like the Bee Hawk Moth.

Great list!!!

wdsta1 said:
October 30, 2013

A giant moth would make the perfect pet!!!i want a couple for the pad….jansta1

wdsta1 said:
October 30, 2013

I wanna raise some moths!!!

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