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
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    image of a Clouded Sulphur on a wildflower

    Clouded Sulphur

    Colias philodice
    photo of a Cloudless Sulphur nectaring on a thistle

    Cloudless Sulphur

    Phoebis sennae
    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
    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 Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

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

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    Photo of a southern dogface taking nectar on a pale purple coneflower

    Southern Dogface

    Zerene cesonia (formerly Colias cesonia)
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri