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
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

    Giant Swallowtail

    Papilio cresphontes
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    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
    Photo of a mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

    Mourning Cloak

    Nymphalis antiopa
    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    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
    Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

    Spicebush Swallowtail

    Pterourus troilus
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Underwing Moths

    Catocala spp., more than 100 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Viceroy resting with wings open

    Viceroy

    Limenitis archippus
    White-Lined Sphinx Moth

    White-Lined Sphinx

    Hyles lineata

See Also

image of Caddisfly on leaf

Caddisflies

Various species in the order Trichoptera
Photo of eastern dobsonfly

Eastern Dobsonfly

Corydalus cornutus