Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes
This swallowtail is the largest butterfly in our state. In Florida, the larvae are a pest in citrus orchards, but here in Missouri, they feed primarily on prickly ash and hop tree, plants provided by nature.

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Photo of a Goatweed Leafwing

Goatweed Leafwing

Anaea andria
This butterfly mimics a dry, dead leaf, but seen from above, it is bright rusty orange once it spreads its wings.

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Photo of a Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus
This small gray butterfly is widespread throughout the United States. In Missouri, there are three or more broods each year.

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Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread

Great Spangled Fritillary

Speyeria cybele
This glorious butterfly is common and easily recognized. It frequently flies in city yards and gardens seeking flowers.

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Image of a gypsy moth

Gypsy Moth

Lymantria dispar
Accidentally introduced to the eastern United States from Europe, this species has been responsible for millions of dollars in damages to forests. You can help specialists to protect our forests by learning how to recognize the gypsy moth and its larvae and reporting any occurrences you find.

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Photo of a Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Asterocampa celtis
This butterfly eats hackberry leaves as a caterpillar. The adults commonly alight on people to absorb sodium from sweat.

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Photo of a Horace's Duskywing

Horace’s Duskywing

Erynnis horatius
Look for this common Missouri skipper at flowers and mud puddles, in forests and along roadsides.

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Photo of a male Io Moth

Io Moth

Automeris io
The wings of males are usually yellow; those of females reddish-brown. When prodded, this moth parts its forewings to reveal hindwings with huge eyespots.

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Photo of an Isabella Tiger Moth

Isabella Tiger Moth (Woolly Bear; Woolly Worm)

Pyrrharctia isabella
Not many people know the adult Isabella tiger moth when they see one, but we’re all acquainted with its caterpillar, the “woolly worm”!

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Photo of a Leaf-folder Moth

Leaf-Folder Moths

Desmia spp.
There are 10 species of leaf-folder moths in North America, and even specialists must labor to separate them.

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