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How To Identify Common Moths In The State Of Utah

Those who have always collected or studied moths in Utah likely have a keen appreciation for the state’s vast geographic diversity. Salt Lake and Utah Valley residents are fortunate to live in such a wide buffer zone separating the two vastly different mountain ranges. These natural differences provide residents with a variety of habitats and climates where the life that lives among us can be found. For example, look no further than the tiny Desolation Sound on the south rim of the Salt Lake Valley, which is home to more than half of the species of the Utah butterfly, or the huge Plain Rocks formations west of the Wasatch Mountains. And, don’t forget the ever-popular Grand Canyon West Rim, the location of the only National Park west of the continental divide – and where you’ll find some of the most spectacular moths in Utah.

How To Identify Common Moths In The State Of Utah

You’ll find several common species of moths in Utah, including the very popular Black Rat Moth, which has a white fly pattern that resembles a black cat’s tail. The Black Rat Moth may be found throughout the year, but the summertime is a particularly popular time for sightings. Other common moths that are more common to Utah include the Black Eyed Moonton, Wasdale Short-eared Owl and the Stinging Bee Moth. And, don’t forget the very popular and intriguing Black Skunk, whose odor alone is enough to send any skier or snowshoeing hunter running. All of these moths are easy to identify thanks to their very distinctive characteristics, and are easy to care for, making them great additions to your lawn or landscape.

But what types of moths are found in Utah? The answer to that question will likely vary depending upon who you ask. While some people say the most common type of moths in Utah is the Black Rat Moth, others say there are only six true types of moths in the state, all of which are highly adaptable and extremely difficult to control. If you want to know exactly what kind of moths are out there in your area, you can find reliable local information about them by searching online, although the chances are you’ll come up with little more than generic information. But if you know where to look, you can quickly determine if you have a problem by taking the appropriate precautions.

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