Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Common Checkered Skipper
    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 an eastern comma butterfly, wings spread, showing dorsal side of wings

    Eastern Comma

    Polygonia comma
    Photo of two bagworm bags on red cedar

    Evergreen Bagworm Moth

    Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis
    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
    Gray comma perched on a flower, winged closed

    Gray Comma

    Polygonia progne
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Magdalen Underwing

    Catocala illecta
    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 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 Northern Cloudywing

    Northern Cloudywing

    Thorybes pylades
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a regal fritillary, perched on a flower, wings folded

    Regal Fritillary

    Speyeria idalia
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    Photo of an unidentified grass skipper

    Skippers

    About 275 species in North America north of Mexico
    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)
    Tortricid moth resting on a leaf

    Tortricid Moths

    About 1,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Tussock moth resting on a wooden board

    Tussock Moths

    About 30 species in subfamily Lymantriinae (formerly a family) in North America
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Underwing Moths

    Catocala spp., more than 100 species in North America north of Mexico