Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Common buckeye butterfly nectaring on a flower, wings spread

    Common Buckeye

    Junonia coenia
    Photo of a common wood-nymph butterfly

    Common Wood Nymph

    Cercyonis pegala
    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
    Photo of a Hackberry Emperor

    Hackberry Emperor

    Asterocampa celtis
    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
    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
    Northern pearly-eye resting with wings closed

    Northern Pearly-Eye

    Enodia anthedon (syn. Lethe anthedon)
    Photo of a Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

    Vanessa cardui
    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri