Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Photo of a Painted Lady

Painted Lady

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

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Photo of a Painted Lichen Moth

Painted Lichen Moth

Hypoprepia fucosa
An attractive moth associated with woodlands, this species can be recognized by the distinctive pattern of gray stripes on the forewings.

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Photo of a Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos
One of the most common butterflies in North America, the pearl crescent’s dainty size keeps it from garnering the attention given to larger species. But look closely, and you’ll be impressed by its intricate beauty.

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Photo of a Peck's Skipper

Peck’s Skipper

Polites peckius
Three broods of Peck’s skipper populate Missouri’s fields, lawns and other open habitats from May through October.

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Photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail, Wings Folded

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail)

Battus philenor
The pipevine swallowtail is ignored by most predators because of its acrid body juices. Several other butterflies look strikingly similar!

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image of Plume Moth on blade of grass

Plume Moths

Numerous species in the family Pterophoridae (plume moths)
These slim, delicate moths are instantly recognizable by their T-shaped silhouette, long legs, and muted shades of tan and brown. Plume moths are most commonly seen from spring through fall.

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Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Antheraea polyphemus
The polyphemus is the second-largest Missouri moth, and it's named after the giant one-eyed monster of Homer’s Odyssey. Note the big eyespot on each hindwing!

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Photo of a Question Mark

Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis
The question mark—named for the shape of the silver mark on the lower side of the hindwings—flies in Missouri April to November.

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Photo of a Red-Fringed Emerald

Red-Fringed Emerald

Nemoria bistriaria
A common moth in Missouri, this emerald has two color forms depending on the season: In spring, they’re tan. In summer, they’re green.

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Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple

Red-Spotted Purple

Limenitis arthemis astyanax
The spots are really orange, not red, and blue is more prominent than the subtle violet hues. Still—the red-spotted purple is a stunning butterfly!

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