Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Least Skipper

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

Little Wood Satyr

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

Luna Moth

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

Magdalen Underwing

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


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

Morning-Glory Prominent

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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. More

Northern Cloudywing

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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. More

Orange Sulphur (Alfalfa Butterfly)

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

Orange Wing

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

Painted Lady

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Vanessa cardui
This delicately patterned butterfly is found nearly worldwide and migrates to Missouri in spring. There are several broods. More