In a large, worldwide family that contains several thousand species, the silver-spotted skipper is one of the easiest to identify in our state.
This butterfly mimics a dry, dead leaf, but seen from above, it is bright rusty orange once it spreads its wings.
This glorious butterfly is common and easily recognized. It frequently flies in city yards and gardens seeking flowers.
This butterfly eats hackberry leaves as a caterpillar. The adults commonly alight on people to absorb sodium from sweat.
An abundant butterfly found in Missouri’s open woodlands and brushy fields. Its bouncing flight has been called “skipping.”
This delicately patterned butterfly is found nearly worldwide and migrates to Missouri in spring. There are several broods.
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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