Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Giant Swallowtail

Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread
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. More

Goatweed Leafwing

Photo of a 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. More

Gray Hairstreak

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

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread
Speyeria cybele
This glorious butterfly is common and easily recognized. It frequently flies in city yards and gardens seeking flowers. More

Gypsy Moth

Image of a 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. More

Hackberry Emperor

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

Horace’s Duskywing

Photo of a Horace's Duskywing
Erynnis horatius
Look for this common Missouri skipper at flowers and mud puddles, in forests and along roadsides. More

Io Moth

Photo of a male 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. More

Isabella Tiger Moth (Woolly Bear; Woolly Worm)

Photo of an Isabella Tiger Moth
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”! More

Leaf-Folder Moths

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