Content tagged with "moth"

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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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 an empty polyphemus moth cocoon held in a person's fingers.

Polyphemus Moth Cocoon

The cocoons of polyphemus moths are oval with a tough outer layer of silk and are usually wrapped in a leaf of the food plant, which can be a variety of trees and shrubs including maples, oaks, birch, and hazelnut. The cocoons, which initially dangle from the food plant, usually drop to the ground in the fall when the food plant drops its leaves. The adult moths emerge from overwintered cocoons in the spring.

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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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