KEYS MOTHS BIO BLITZ 2017

     On June 21st, we kicked off our first annual KEYSMOTHS.COM moth BIO-BLITZ. We set out to involve any nature-loving enthusiast that were interested in joining us for several nights out in the hammocks of the Florida Keys to see how many species of moths we could identify in 4 nights. We set ourselves a goal of 250 species. 

     Between Big Pine Key, No Name Key and Key Largo, our team has identified 230 species of moths so far and there are a healthy number of specimens that we have yet to come up with a positive ID on. When all is said and done, I'm certain we will reach the 250 species goal. We also found several continental records to the USA as well as a few moths that could very well be brand new species to science. 

   If you have images from the event that you'd like to share, please email them to us at david@keysmoths.com and we will include them on this page.

Hold your breath! The number of insects at the light sheet at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge was impressive. We ID'ed 145 moth species from the refuge in 2 nights. 

Waiting for sunset on No Name Key

Sofia and Michelle hanging' at the moth light

Kristie Killam and the Fine family (Mrs. Fine is taking the picture)

When the lights turn on, the moths come out!

A sheet full of moths at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge

It's amazing the quality photography that our phones provide these days.

Species List: BIOBLITZ 2017

click on species number to see that species page

"X" = Found on Big Pine/No Name Keys

"+" = Found on Key Largo

Micropterigoidea through Tineoidea

_+_   0122 – Pseudopostega quadristrigella 6mm

_+_   0372 – Acrolophus plumifrontell, 28mm

X+   386.1 - Acrolophus walsinghami  16mm

X+   0442 – Cryptothelea gloverii 16mm

X+_   0454 – Oiketicus abbotii  33mm

+__   0457 – Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis  25mm

0855-1075 : Oecophoridae – Elachistidae

_+_   0996 – Ethmia confusella 19mm

_+_   0998 – Ethmia farrella  17mm

X+_   1007 – Ethmia prattiella 16mm

X+_   1615– Walshia miscecolorella, 15mm

_X_   2067.1– Chionodes ceryx 15mm

2312-2512 : Copromorphoidea-Yponometoidea

 

_+_   2401 – Atteva aurea 25mm

_+_   2405 – Lactura pupula  23mm

 

2627-2700 : Choreutidae-Cossidae

 

_+_   2653 – Tortyra slossonia 13mm

X+_   2668 – Giviria anna 23mm

 

2701-2866 : Tortricidae: Olethreutinae – Olethreutini

 

_+_   2701– Episimus argutana 14mm

_X_   2702– Episimus augmentana 14mm

_X_   2702.4 – Episimus lagunculariae 15mm

X+_   2703.1 – Empisimus kimballi  16mm

_X_   3175– Epiblema grossbecki 17mm

_+_   3424.1– Ethelgoda new species 10mm

X+_   3462– Cydia palmetum 12mm 

_X_   3496– Ecdytolopha desotanum 19mm

3592-3694 : Tortricidae: Tortricinae - Archipini

_+_   3603 – Argyrotaenia amatana 15mm

_+_   3760.1– Aethes seriatana 12mm

4618-4702 : Pre-Pyraloid Families:

 Zygaenidae/Megalopygidae-Limacodidae

X+_   4647 – Megalopyge opercularis, 24-36mm

_X_   4673 – Alarodia slossoniae 18mm

_X_   4691 – Monoleuca semifscia 22mm

_+_   4697.1– Euclea nanina  32mm

4703-4933 : Crambidae: Scopariinae-Evergestinae

_X_   4745 – Chrysendeton kimballi 10mm

_X_   4764 – Parapoynx allionealis  27mm

_X_   4765– Parapoynx diminutalis 15mm

_X_   4790 – Dichograma redtenbacheri 28mm

X+_   4796 – Microtheoris ophionalis  7mm

X+_   4847– Hellula phidilealis 15mm

X+_   4880 – Plumegesta largalis 13mm

_+_   4889 – Dicymolomia julianalis  15mm

X+_   4890 – Dicymolomia metalophota  15mm

X+_   4933 – Trischistognatha pyrenealis 21mm

4934-5298 : Pyraustinae

_X_   4940 – Oenobotys vinotinctalis 15mm  

X+_   4975 – Achyra rantalis  17-23mm

_+_   4980– Helvibotys helvialis 17-20mm  

X+_   4992 – Uresiphita reversalis  27-34mm

_X_   5049 – Pyrausta phoenicealis  15mm

X+_   5145 – Diacme mopsalis  24mm

_+_   5146 – Epipagis forsythae 21mm

_+_   5150 – Samea ecclesialis 20mm

_+_   5157– Rhectocraspeda periusalis 26mm

_X_   5169 – Hymenia perspectalis  16-22mm

_+_   5170 – Spoladea recurvalis  19-21mm

X+_   5180 – Penestola simplicialis  21mm

_X_   5185 – Blepharomastix achroalis  18mm

X+_   5191– Blepharomastix schistisemalis  16m

X+_   5196 – Synclera jarbusalis 18mm

X+_   5198– Glyphodes sibillalis  22mm

X+_   5204 – Diaphania hyalinata  27-30 mm

_X_   5212 – Omiodes indicata  20mm 

_+_   5214 – Omoides stigmosalis 25mm

_X_   5215 – Condylorrhiza vestigialis  28mm

_+_   5230 – Polygrammodes elevata 23mm

X+_   5237 – Mimophobetron pyropsalis  16mm

X+_   5247 – Phaedropsis stictigramma   25mm

_X_   5252 - Lypotygris reginalis  34mm

_X_   5267 – Asciodes gordialis  25mm

_X_   5270 – Sathria internitalis   24mm

X+_   5284 – Syngamia florella 15mm

_+_   5287– Salbia haemorrhoidalis  20mm

_+_   5290 – Conchylodes diphteralis 29mm

_+_   5297 – Palpusia goniopalpia  25mm

5299-5509 : Schoenobiinae-Crambinae

X+_   5307 – Carectocultus pestrialis 28mm

_X_   5362 – Crambus agitatellus  17-22mm

_X_   5369 – Crambus quinquareatus  16mm

_+_   5423– Microcrambus discludellus  14mm

_+_   5431 – Fissicrambus profanellus 19mm

_X_   5443 – Thaumatopsis floridella  28mm  

_X_   5464– Urola nivalis  15-23mm

_X_   5465 – Argyria auratella  15-18mm

X+_   5492 – Eoreuma densella  23mm

5510-5650 : Pyralidae: Pyralinae-Gallerinae

X+_   5531– Hypsopygia nostralis  16-20mm

X+_   5538 – Parachma ochracealis  24mm

X+_   5554 – Tetraschistis leucogramma  22mm

_X_   5560 – Salobrena recurvata 22mm

X+_   5568 – Arta olivalis  15mm

_X_   5575 – Macalla thyrsisallis  25mm

_X_   5581.1 – Milgithea trilinearis  28mm

_X_   5590– Tallula atramentalis   18mm

X+_   5592 – Tallula watsoni 17-22mm

_X_   5601– Pococera floridella  22mm

_X_   5620.1– Pococera species 20mm

5651-6075 : Phycitinae-Peorinae

_+_   5706 – Crocidomera imitata  21mm

_+_   5711– Hypargyria slossonella   14mm

_+_   5740 – Anegcephalesis arctella  23mm

_+_   5896 – Elasmopalpus lignosellus 18mm

_+_   5913 – Macrorhinnia endophele  12mm 

_X_   5970.1 – Cactoblastis cactorum  30mm

X+_   6068 – Homosassa ella  11mm

6076-6088 : Thyrididae-Hyblaeidae

_X_   6082 – Hexeris enhydris  25mm

_X_   6086 – Banisia myrsusalis  23mm

X+_   6087 – Banisia furva  23mm

6089-6234 : Pterophoridae: Plume Moths

_+_   6226– Hellinsia unicolor 20mm

6256-6425 : Geometridae - Macaria, Digrammia

_X_   6260– Almodes terraria 36mm

_+_   6332 – Psamatodes abydata  22mm

X+_   6335 – Macaria aequiferaria 21mm

_X_   6336 – Macaria distribuaria, 30mm

6426-6617 : Geometridae - Glena, Epimecis

_+_   6603 – Epimecis fraternaria​ 55mm

6618-6762 : Geometridae - Melanolophia, Phigalia

 

_X_   6670 – Phrygionis auriferaria  29mm

X+_   6699 – Numia terebintharia  22mm

_+_   6762.3 – Pero lastima  32mm

 

6763-6844 : Geometridae - Nacophora, Metarranthis

X+_   6800 – Sphacelodes vulneraria  36mm

_+_   6801 – Sphacelodes haitiaria  37mm

6845-7011 : Geometridae - Besma, Lambdina, Eusarca

X+_   6967a – Oxydia vesulia transpondens  55m

_X_   6968 – Oxydia cubana 54mm

X+_   6994 – Sericoptera virginaria  40mm

7012-7085 : Geometridae - Nemoria, Emeralds

_+_   7059 – Synchloria frondaria 15mm   

_X_   7061 – Synchloria herbaria   13mm

X+_   7064 – Synchlora cupedinaria  15mm

_X_   7077 – Chloropteryx paularia  16mm

7086-7181 : Geometridae - Idaea, Leptostales, Waves

X+_   7106 – Idaea insulensis  12mm

X+_   7107 – Idaea pervertipennis 10mm

_X_   7122 – Idaea tactura  15mm

_+_   7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria  17mm

X+_   7133 – Pleuroprucha asthenaria

_X_   7144 – Semaeopus caecaria   22mm

_+_   7175 – Leptostales hepaticaria   14mm 

_X_   7177 – Leptostales laevitaria  15mm 

7182-7332 : Geometridae - Eulithis, Hydriomena

_X_   7299 - Pterocypha defensata/floridata 34m

X+_   7417 – Disclisioprocta stellate  27mm

7649-7703 : Epiplemidae-Lasiocampidae

X+_   7654– Philagraula slossoniae 14mm  

7704-7770 : Saturniidae

_+_   7704 - Eacles imperialis  100-130mm

X+_   7746 - Automeris io lileth  60-70mm

7771-7894 : Sphingidae

X+_   7771 – Agrius cingulata  95-105mm

_X_   7772 – Coctius antaeus  150-170mm

X+_   7818 – Protambulx strigilis  100mm

_+_   7830 – Pseudosphinx tetrio  130-140mm

X+_   7834 – Erinnyis ello  80mm

_+_   7840 – Phryxus caicus  70mm

X_   7843 – Madoryx pseudothyreus   60mm

_+_   7846 – Perigonia lusca  50mm

_X_   7846.1 - Eupyrrhoglossum sagra - 45mm

X+_   7867 – Cautethia grotei  30mm

X+_   7887 – Xylophanes pluto  60mm

_X_   7890 – Xylophanes tersa  70mm

7895-8032 : Notodontidae

_+_   7945 – Nystalea indiana  46mm

X+_   7947 – Nystalea eutalanta 48-52mm

_+_   7965 – Rifargia bichorda 35mm

X+_   7984 – Heterocampa cubana  48mm

X+_   7997 – Heterocampa zayasi  46mm

_+_   ……… - Heterocampa sps. (?)  (black stigma FW)

_+_   8005– Schizura ipomoeae  38mm

8033-8288 : Arctiidae

_+_   8038 – Composia fidelissima  50-60mm

_+_   8102– Afrida ydatodes 11mm

_+_   8146 –Hypercompe scribonia   55-70mm

_+_   8202 – Halysidota cinctipes  42mm

X+_   8224 – Calidota laqueata  54mm

_X_   8284 - Syntomedia epilais  43mm

_X_   8284.1 - Syntomeida syntomoides  44mm

_X_   8286 – Pseudocharis minima  30-35mm

8322-8489 : Noctuidae : Herminiinae - Rivulinae – Hypeninae

X+_   8370.1 – Bleptina sp. Undescribed 

X+_   8370.2– Bleptina sp. B nr. araealis  23mm

_+_   8376 – Hypenula cacuminalis   30mm

_+_   8402.1– Macristis geminipunctalis 15mm

_+_   8467.1 – Hemeroplanis sp. Undescribed  28

_X_   8480 – Phytometra ernestina  18mm

8490-8769 - Noctuidae : Catocalinae - Less Catocala

_X_   8498 – Isogona scindens  28mm

_+_   8549– Anomis luridula 33mm

_X_   8551 – Anomis illita  27mm

_X_   8557 – Litoprosopus bahamensis 52mm

_X_   8562 – Concana mundissima  27mm

_X_   8571.1– Eulepidotis striaepuncta  34mm 

X+_   8578 – Antiblemma filaria  24mm

_X_   8584 – Syllectra erycata 35mm

X+_   8585.1 – Epidromia rotundata  40mm 

X+_   8585.2 – Epidromia pannosa   40mm

_X_   8585.4– Manbuta pyraliformis  33mm

_+_   8586 – Massala obvertens   35mm

X+_   8599 – Melipotis fasciolaris  40mm

_+_   8603  - Melipotis januaris  35mm

_+_   8604 – Melipotis famelica  42mm

_X_   8605– Melipotis contorta   38mm

_X_   8606 – Melipotis prolata  38mm

_X_   8607 – Melipotis jucunda 40mm

_X_   8612– Panula inconstans  32mm

_+_   8642 – Hypocala andremona  47mm

_X_   8643 – Boryzops purissima  50mm

_X_   8649 – Ascalapha odorata  130-170mm

X+_   8650 – Tyrissa multilinea  23mm

_X_   8650.a – Tyrissa sps  22mm

_X_   8653 – Lesmone hinna   30mm

_X_   8655 – Lesmone formularis  30mm

_+_   8658 – Selenisa sueroides  25mm

_X_   8661.1– Elousa albicans  27mm

_+_   8662– Coxina cinctipalpis 28mm

_X_   8665 – Coenipeta bibitrix 30mm

_X_   8669– Kakopoda progenes   26mm

X+_   8676.1– Toxonprucha excavata   22mm

_X_   8686.1 – Zalen. sp.  52mm

_X_   8689  - Zale lunata  48mm 

_X_   8690 – Zale smithi  41mm

_X_   8723.2– Mimophisma forbesi 45mm

X+_   8746.1 – Mocis cubana   43mm

_X_   8750.1– Ptichodis immunis  36mm

8880-8998 - Noctuidae : Plusiinae-Nolinae

_X_   8963.3– Paectes n. sp.  23mm

X+_   8964 – Paectes acutangula 30mm

X+_   8966 – Paectes asper 27mm 

X+_   8968 – Eutelia pulcherrimus 30mm

X+_   8974– Garella nilotica 15mm

_+_   8981 – Motya abseuzalis 25mm

X+_   8982 – Collomena filifera 30mm

8999-9198 : Noctuidae Acontiinae-Pantheinae

  

_+_   9010.1– Tripudia nr. goyanensis 11mm

_+_   9033– Ozarba nebula 14mm  

_X_   9045– Marimatha tripuncta  17mm

_X_   9085 - Tarachidia semiflavia  18mm

9199-9324 : Noctuidae : Acronictinae-Agaristinae

X+_   9305 – Neotuerta hemicycle 34mm

_X_   9308.1 – Euscirrhopterus poeyi  42mm

9325-9872: Noctuidae : Amphipyrinae

X+_   9560– Dypterygia ligata 33mm

_X_   9561.2 – Dypterygia punctirena  30mm

_X_   9625– Specropia trichroma 30mm

_X_   9630 – Callopistria floridensis 29mm  

_X_   9634 - Phuphena tura 24mm

X+_  9637 – Magusa orbifera 34mm

_X_   9644 – Micrathetis triplex  24mm

_X_   9666 – Spodoptera frugiperda  33mm

_X_   9668 – Spodoptera pulchella  35mm

_+_   9669 – Spodoptera ornithogalli  39mm

_X_   9677 – Elaphria agrotina 18mm

X+_   9687 – Gonodes liquida  25mm 

_X_   9698.1– Condica n. sp. 25mm

_+_   9699– Condica sutor  30mm

_X_   9821 – Amolita roseola  14mm

10218-10640 : Noctuidae : Hadeninae

_X_   10445.1 – Leucania senescens 30mm

_+_   10450 – Leucania incognita 29mm

_X_   10463 – Leucania pilipalpus 44mm

_X_   10633 – Marilopteryx lutina 34mm

10641-11054 : Noctuidae : Noctuinae

_X_   10912 – Anicla cemolia  26mm

 

Total BioBlitz Species Count: 228

 

Species found on Big Pine/No Name Key: 174

 

Species found on Key Largo:  143

     Other Critters from the 

BIO-BLITZ

Click below picture to view "other critters"

Below are some images taken from the BIO-BLITZ. Photo Credit is given when due.

10633 – Marilopteryx lutina​

Photo by: Chris Bergh

9671.1– Spodoptera androgea

UFO Micro in the palm of a hand

5575.2 – Macalla sps?

8642 – Hypocala andremona​

UFO Micro

7840 – Phryxus caicus

8650 – Tyrissa multilinea

8643 – Boryzops purissima​

5581.1 - Milgithea trilinearis​

5538 – Parachma ochracealis

7834 – Erinnyis ello female

7834 – Erinnyis ello male

7830 – Pseudosphinx tetrio

6087 – Banisia furva

6968 – Oxydia cubana​

Photo by: Sofia Fine

UFO Pyralid

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UFO Pyralid

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UFO Noctuid

8662– Coxina cinctipalpis and

8650 – Tyrissa multilinea

8662– Coxina cinctipalpis

7887 – Xylophanes pluto

7843 – Madoryx pseudothyreus

8689.1 - Zale sps.

5531– Hypsopygia nostralis

7867 – Cautethia grotei

Photo by: Sofia Fine

9666 – Spodoptera frugiperda​

7818 – Protambulux strigilis

8585.2 – Epidromia pannosa

7867 – Cautethia grotei and 7840 – Phryxus caicus with dragon fly

7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria

8603 – Melipotis januaris​

8599 – Melipotis fasciolaris

8676.1– Toxonprucha n. sp.

Photo by: Chris Bergh

7771 – Agrius cingulata

5307 – Carectocultus perstrialis 

7772 – Coctius antaeus

7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria

Photo by: Chris Bergh

8585.3 – Epidromia rotundata

6968 – Oxydia cubana​

Photo by: Sofia Fine

8370.a - Bleptina sps

9637 – Magusa orbifera​

9305 – Neotuerta hemicycle​

Photo by: Sofia Fine

9634 - Phuphena tura

8974– Garella nilotica

5196 – Synclera jarbusalis

7107 – Idaea pervertipennis (L) and 7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria (R)

8571.2– Eulepidotis  merricki

US Continental Record!!!

8585.2 – Epidromia pannosa​

Photo by: Chris Bergh

8562 – Concana mundissima​

7107 – Idaea pervertipennis

Photo by: Sofia Fine

4933 – Trischistognatha pyrenealis

7107 – Idaea pervertipennis

5198– Glyphodes sibillalis

7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria?

8574 – Anticarsia gemmatalis​

8578 - Antiblemma filaria

7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria?

7107 – Idaea pervertipennis

Photo by: Valerie Weatherspoon

5204 – Diaphania hyalinata

7746 - Automeris io lileth male

5252 - Lypotygris reginalis

5252 - Lypotygris reginalis

9308.1 - Euscirrhopterus poeyi 

5267 – Asciodes gordialis

5270 – Sathria internitalis 

8968.1 – Eutelia pyrasti​s

8966 – Paectes asper

Photo by: Chris Bergh

8981 – Motya abseuzalis​

8964– Paectes acutangula

8964 – Paectes acutangula

8284.1 - Syntomeida syntomoides

6800 – Sphacelodes vulneraria​ male

6800 – Sphacelodes vulneraria​ female

8038 – Composia fidelissima

8557 – Litoprosopus bahamensis​

8146 – Hypercompe scribonia

2703.1 – Empisimus kimballi

8286 – Pseudocharis minima

8498 – Isogona scindens​

7064 – Synchlora cupedinaria​

6994 – Sericoptera virginaria​

4647 – Megalopyge opercularis

8676.1– Toxonprucha n. sp.

4880 – Plumegesta largalis

4890 - Dicymolomia metalophota

7947 – Nystalea eutalanta​

7984 – Heterocampa cubana​

6699– Numia terebintharia

0457 – Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis

442 - Cryptothelea gloverii

6082 – Hexeris enhydris

4697.1– Euclea nanina

2668 - Giviria ana

Geometrid UFO

7997 – Heterocampa zayasi​ ??

8722.1 - Mimophisma forbesi

8966 – Paectes asper

6260– Almodes terraria

7997 – Heterocampa zayasi​

8966 – Paectes asper

8650.a – Tyrissa recurva

5290 – Conchylodes diphteralis

5423– Microcrambus discludellus?

5307 – Carectocultus perstrialis

Mystery larva found on Hog Plum

No Name Key

8658 – Selenisa sueroides​

5705– Hypsipyla grandella

5443 – Thaumatopsis floridella 

6967a – Oxydia vesulia transpondens Photo by: Sofia Fine

5538 – Parachma ochracealis

Photo by: Rebecca Nishida

5592 - Tallula watsoni​

Photo by: Rebecca Nishida

6082 – Hexeris enhydris

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

4647 – Megalopyge opercularis

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

6968 – Oxydia cubana​

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

8585.2 – Epidromia pannosa​

Photo by/ Bebecca Nishida

8676.1– Toxonprucha n. sp.

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

7132 – Pleuroprucha insulsaria

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

7107 – Idaea pervertipennis

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

6086 – Banisia myrsusalis

Photo by/ Rebecca Nishida

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Thanks to my beautiful wife, Noemi and to my awesome kids for supporting me in this BIO-BLITZ effort! I couldn't have done it without you!