Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    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
    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
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    Photo of a Luna Moth

    Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    Image of a monarch

    Monarch

    Danaus plexippus
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

    Vanessa cardui
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    Photo of a red admiral butterfly, wings spread.

    Red Admiral

    Vanessa atalanta
    Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple with wings closed, showing ventral side of wings

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    image of a Tawny Emperor, Wings Spread

    Tawny Emperor

    Asterocampa clyton
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Tent Caterpillar And Lappet Moths

    About 35 species in North America north of Mexico
    dogbane tiger moth

    Tiger and Lichen Moths

    Subfamily Arctiinae (formerly a family)
    Photo of a Viceroy resting with wings open

    Viceroy

    Limenitis archippus
    White-Lined Sphinx Moth

    White-Lined Sphinx

    Hyles lineata