Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Photo of a Regal Fritillary, Wings Folded

Regal Fritillary

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.

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Image of a silver-spotted skipper

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.

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Photo of a Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Hemaris diffinis
This Missouri moth confuses people because it looks like a bumblebee and flies like a hummingbird!

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Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

Spicebush Swallowtail

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.

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Photo of a Summer Azure

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.

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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!

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Photo of a Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Hog 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.

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White-Lined Sphinx Moth

White-Lined Sphinx

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.

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Photo of a Xanthotype sp.

Xanthotype Geometers

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

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Photo of a Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

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!

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