Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth

    Banded Tiger Moth

    Apantesis vittata
    Image of a Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

    Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

    Marimatha nigrofimbria
    Bronze copper butterfly perched on a grass blade, wings closed

    Bronze Copper

    Lycaena hyllus (syn. Hyllolycaena hyllus; Lycaena thoe)
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    Photo of a Chickweed Geometer

    Chickweed Geometer

    Haematopis grataria
    image of a Clouded Sulphur on a wildflower

    Clouded Sulphur

    Colias philodice
    A photo of a Clover Looper.

    Clover Looper

    Caenurgina crassiuscula
    Photo of a Common Checkered Skipper
    Photo of a common wood-nymph butterfly

    Common Wood Nymph

    Cercyonis pegala
    Coral hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed flowers

    Coral Hairstreak

    Satyrium titus (syn. Harkenclenus titus)
    Photo of a sod webworm adult moth on a window with hind end propped up

    Crambid Snout Moths

    More than 860 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Delaware Skipper

    Delaware Skipper

    Anatrytone logan
    Photo of an eastern comma butterfly, wings spread, showing dorsal side of wings

    Eastern Comma

    Polygonia comma
    Photo of an Eastern Tailed-Blue

    Eastern Tailed-Blue

    Cupido comyntas
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    image of a Black-Waved Flannel Moth resting on a leaf

    Flannel Moths

    Eleven species in North America north of Mexico
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

    Giant Swallowtail

    Papilio cresphontes
    Goatweed leafwing perched on a tree trunk with wings closed

    Goatweed Leafwing

    Anaea andria
    Gray comma perched on a flower, winged closed

    Gray Comma

    Polygonia progne
    Photo of a gray copper butterfly nectaring on butterfly weed flowers

    Gray Copper (Great Copper)

    Lycaena dione (formerly Gaeides xanthoides dione)
    Photo of a Gray Hairstreak

    Gray Hairstreak

    Strymon melinus
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    Image of a gypsy moth

    Gypsy Moth

    Lymantria dispar
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of a Hackberry Emperor

    Hackberry Emperor

    Asterocampa celtis
    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    Little wood satyr resting with wings closed

    Little Wood Satyr

    Megisto cymela
    Photo of a Luna Moth

    Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    Image of a monarch

    Monarch

    Danaus plexippus
    Photo of a Morning-Glory Prominent moth

    Morning-Glory Prominent

    Schizura ipomoeae
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

    Mourning Cloak

    Nymphalis antiopa
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Northern Cloudywing

    Northern Cloudywing

    Thorybes pylades
    Northern pearly-eye resting with wings closed

    Northern Pearly-Eye

    Enodia anthedon (syn. Lethe anthedon)
    Photo of an Orange Wing moth

    Orange Wing

    Mellilla xanthometata
    Photo of a Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

    Vanessa cardui
    Photo of a pearl crescent

    Pearl Crescent

    Phyciodes tharos
    Photo of a Peck's Skipper

    Peck's Skipper

    Polites peckius
    image of Plume Moth on blade of grass

    Plume Moths

    Nearly 150 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri

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