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image of a Clouded Sulphur on a wildflower

Clouded Sulphur

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.

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photo of a Cloudless Sulphur

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!

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A photo of a Clover Looper.

Clover Looper

Caenurgina crassiuscula
Loopers are named for their caterpillars, which are inchworms that “walk” by “looping” their bodies. This species eats clover.

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Photo of a Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

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

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Photo of a Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus communis
The white and black checkered pattern makes this a simple identification; it’s the only checkered skipper in Missouri.

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Photo of a Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Anatrytone logan
The undersides of the wings of this common Missouri skipper are solid orange. The larvae eat grasses.

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Photo of eastern dobsonfly

Eastern Dobsonfly (Hellgrammite)

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.

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Photo of an Eastern Tailed-Blue

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!

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Photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus
The beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail ranges across Missouri and is equally at home in forests or in city landscapes.

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Photo of a Eight-Spotted Forester

Eight-Spotted Forester

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

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