Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Clouded Sulphur

image of a Clouded Sulphur on a wildflower
Colias philodice
The word “butterfly” probably originated because of the yellow color of European sulphurs. The clouded sulphur (also known as the common sulphur) is one of our most common butterflies, flying low over fields and lawns. More

Cloudless Sulphur

photo of a Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis sennae
This is the large yellow butterfly you see flying rapidly in a southeasterly direction in late summer and fall: They’re migrating! More

Clover Looper

A photo of a Clover Looper.
Caenurgina crassiuscula
Loopers are named for their caterpillars, which are inchworms that “walk” by “looping” their bodies. This species eats clover. More

Common Buckeye

Photo of a Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia
One of Missouri’s prettiest butterflies doesn’t overwinter here. Instead, migrants arrive in late spring and early summer. More

Common Checkered-Skipper

Photo of a Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis
The white and black checkered pattern makes this a simple identification; it’s the only checkered skipper in Missouri. More

Delaware Skipper

Photo of a Delaware Skipper
Anatrytone logan
The undersides of the wings of this common Missouri skipper are solid orange. The larvae eat grasses. More

Eastern Dobsonfly (Hellgrammite)

Photo of eastern dobsonfly
Corydalus cornutus
Adult dobsonflies are huge and mothlike, with large wings and a weak, fluttery flight. The fiercely predaceous aquatic larvae, called hellgrammites, are well-known to anglers, who often use them as bait. More

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Photo of an Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido comyntas
You can find this common species of blue in Missouri in prairies, fields, vacant lots and yards—any open, sunny place! More

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus
The beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail ranges across Missouri and is equally at home in forests or in city landscapes. More

Eight-Spotted Forester

Photo of a Eight-Spotted Forester
Alypia octomaculata
This spiffy, butterfly-like moth is a fast, darting flyer and dazzles the eye when it flitters around flowers. More