Moth Identification Resources

One of the things I struggled with when I first got into this “sport” of mothing was trying to identify what I photographed. Fortunately, the Computer Vision of iNaturalist provides helpful suggestions that in many cases are right on for the correct identification. But not always. Reasons for inaccurate suggestions include the large number of central Texas moths that still need to be added to the iNaturalist computer vision model, look-alike species that are hard to distinguish by photographs alone, sexual dimorphism in some moths, and variability within the same species of moth. These difficulties aside, there are moth identification resources available outside of iNaturalist that can be quite helpful. This post is for listing some of those resources, rather than how to best make use of them. That will be done in later posts. In the meantime, click on the links below the resource descriptions and take a few test drives.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America (paperback book of digitally manipulated color photographs, Peterson Identification System with text and arrows for key field marks, moth size, range maps that include central Texas, flight period charts, host plant information, helpful moth appearance/anatomy terms and illustrations)

Moth Photographers Group (collection of moth photos and range maps, reviewable plate series of moths by family, searchable by state or general geographic location, some caterpillar photos, detailed identification features/warnings for some moths)

BugGuide (collection of moth and other bug photos, searchable by state, ID request through photo submission, host plant information when known)

New computer vision model (iNaturalist’s Blog)

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America

Moth Photographers Group


P.S. I’m still struggling to identify moths! But I hope I'm getting better…

Publicado el domingo, 28 de agosto de 2022 a las 08:19 PM por jcochran706 jcochran706


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