Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

American Snout

Photo of an American Snout
Libytheana carinent
Most of us identify butterflies by their color patterns, but you can ID this Missouri species by its long “nose.” More

Banded Tiger Moth

Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth
Apantesis vittata
The striking pattern on tiger moths tells predators that these insects are inedible. But what serves as a “warning label” to birds is attractive to us! More

Black Swallowtail (Parsnip Swallowtail)

Photo of a Black Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread
Papilio polyxenes
Most gardeners meet this swallowtail sooner or later, because parsley, carrot, fennel and dill are favorite food plants of the caterpillars! More

Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

Photo of a Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth
Lycomorpha pholus
The “black-and-yellow” part of the name is obvious! The “lichen” part refers to the caterpillars’ food—plus their camouflage. More

Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

Image of a Black-Bordered Lemon Moth
Marimatha nigrofimbria
This Missouri moth has lustrous yellow forewings with a black edge. It is one of our noctuid, or owlet moths. More

Cabbage White

Photo of a Cabbage White
Pieris rapae
A common butterfly in Missouri, the cabbage white was introduced in the 1800s from Europe and became a crop pest. More


image of Caddisfly on leaf
Various species in the order Trichoptera
The adults are mothlike. The aquatic larvae are famous for building portable, protective cases out of local materials, including grains of sand, bits of leaves and twigs, and other debris. More

Cecropia Moth

Image of a Cecropia moth.
Hyalophora cecropia
The largest moth native to our continent, the cecropia moth is butterfly-like. Note, however, its feathery antennae and stout, hairy body. More

Celery Looper

Photo of a Celery Looper
Anagrapha falcifera
Unless this moth rests on a brick wall or vinyl siding, you are unlikely to see it. Its camouflage makes it look like a dead leaf! More

Chickweed Geometer

Photo of a Chickweed Geometer
Haematopis grataria
This colorful, butterfly-like moth flies during the day. It’s called a geometer (“earth measurer”) because the larvae are “inchworms” that loop their bodies with each “step” they take. More