Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Painted Lichen Moth

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

Pearl Crescent

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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. More

Peck’s Skipper

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

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail)

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

Plume Moths

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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. More

Polyphemus Moth

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

Question Mark

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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. More

Red-Fringed Emerald

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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. More

Red-Spotted Purple

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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! More

Regal Fritillary

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Speyeria idalia
A large, reddish-orange butterfly of our beautiful native prairies, this species is on Missouri’s endangered species Watch List because of its steeply declining numbers. More