Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Silver-Spotted Skipper

Image of a silver-spotted skipper
Epargyreus clarus
In a large, worldwide family that contains several thousand species, the silver-spotted skipper is one of the easiest to identify in our state. More

Snowberry Clearwing

Photo of a Snowberry Clearwing
Hemaris diffinis
This Missouri moth confuses people because it looks like a bumblebee and flies like a hummingbird! More

Spicebush Swallowtail

Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread
Pterourus troilus
The caterpillars are smooth and pretty green, with weird eyespots on a hump well behind the actual head. The winged adults are striking, too: black with beautiful iridescent blue and green on the hindwings. More

Summer Azure

Photo of a Summer Azure
Celastrina neglecta
Formerly considered the same species as the spring azure, the three broods of this species fly in open and wooded habitats. More


Photo of a Viceroy
Limenitis archippus
Viceroys and monarchs look very similar. Both use the same warning coloration to warn would-be predators: We are toxic! More

Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Hog Sphinx)

Photo of a Virginia Creeper Sphinx
Darapsa myron
This Missouri moth is common in woods and brushy areas and comes to lights at night. The larvae eat Virginia creeper and grape leaves. More

White-Lined Sphinx

White-Lined Sphinx Moth
Hyles lineata
This moth sometimes confuses people because it flies, hovers, and eats from flowers like a hummingbird—but it has antennae! Find out more about this fascinating moth and its relatives. More

Xanthotype Geometers

Photo of a Xanthotype sp.
Xanthotype spp.
“Zantho-tippies” are named for their yellow color (“xantho” means yellow). “Geometer” means earth-measurer, for their “inchworm” caterpillars. More

Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

Photo of a Yellow-Collared Scape Moth
Cisseps fulvicollis
Actually, this moth is more often “orange-collared.” And whether you think it looks more like a firefly or a wasp, it’s still a moth! More

Zebra Swallowtail

Photo of a Zebra Swallowtail
Eurytides marcellus
Adults are unmistakable with their black and white stripes and long tails. Look for this species in Missouri’s forests. More