Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    Photo of a beautiful wood-nymph
    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
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Malacosoma americana
    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
    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    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
    Photo of a pearl crescent

    Pearl Crescent

    Phyciodes tharos
    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
    Image of a silver-spotted skipper

    Silver-Spotted Skipper

    Epargyreus clarus
    Photo of an unidentified grass skipper

    Skippers

    About 275 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a monkey slug caterpillar on an oak leaf

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    More than 20 species in Missouri
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    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)
    Tussock moth resting on a wooden board

    Tussock Moths

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

    Xanthotype Geometers

    Xanthotype spp.