Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Photo of a Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Ancyloxypha numitor
One of the smallest skippers in the eastern United States, this species is found in moist, grassy areas, usually near water.

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Photo of a Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood Satyr

Megisto cymela
An abundant butterfly found in Missouri’s open woodlands and brushy fields. Its bouncing flight has been called “skipping.”

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Photo of a Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Actias luna
This beautiful moth’s distinctive lime-green color and long tails distinguish it from all other North American moths.

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Photo of a Magdalen Underwing

Magdalen Underwing

Catocala illecta
Underwing moths are named for their brightly colored hindwings, which are usually hidden beneath the dull brown camouflage of the forewings.

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Image of a monarch


Danaus plexippus
Monarchs are well-known butterflies distinguished by their relatively large size, rusty or orange wings with black veins, and black bodies. The larvae usually are found on milkweeds.

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Photo of a Morning-Glory Prominent

Morning-Glory Prominent

Schizura ipomoeae
This common moth is easily overlooked in Missouri’s woods: The caterpillars mimic curled, dead edges on the leaves they feed on, and the adults blend in with tree bark.

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Photo of a mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

Mourning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa
The unmistakable mourning cloak is a familiar woodland butterfly in Missouri. Adults hibernate and are sometimes seen flying on warm, sunny days in winter.

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Photo of a Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Thorybes pylades
A cloudywing is a skipper whose ground color, seen from above, is completely dark, and not mottled. This species has a dark face, too.

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Photo of an Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur (Alfalfa Butterfly)

Colias eurytheme
One of the most common butterflies in Missouri, the orange sulphur often gathers in numbers in moist places.

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Photo of an Orange Wing

Orange Wing

Mellilla xanthometata
This moth’s bright orange hindwings identify it, even in flight. It’s abundant in all regions of Missouri.

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