Content tagged with "Butterflies and Moths"

Photo of an American Snout

American Snout

Libytheana carinent
Most of us identify butterflies by their color patterns, but you can ID this Missouri species by its long “nose.”

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Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth

Banded Tiger Moth

Apantesis vittata
The striking pattern on tiger moths tells predators that these insects are inedible. But what serves as a “warning label” to birds is attractive to us!

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Photo of a Black Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

Black Swallowtail (Parsnip Swallowtail)

Papilio polyxenes
Most gardeners meet this swallowtail sooner or later, because parsley, carrot, fennel and dill are favorite food plants of the caterpillars!

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Photo of a Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

Lycomorpha pholus
The “black-and-yellow” part of the name is obvious! The “lichen” part refers to the caterpillars’ food—plus their camouflage.

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Image of a Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

Marimatha nigrofimbria
This Missouri moth has lustrous yellow forewings with a black edge. It is one of our noctuid, or owlet moths.

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Photo of a Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Pieris rapae
A common butterfly in Missouri, the cabbage white was introduced in the 1800s from Europe and became a crop pest.

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image of Caddisfly on leaf


Various species in the order Trichoptera
The adults are mothlike. The aquatic larvae are famous for building portable, protective cases out of local materials, including grains of sand, bits of leaves and twigs, and other debris.

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Image of a Cecropia moth.

Cecropia Moth

Hyalophora cecropia
The largest moth native to our continent, the cecropia moth is butterfly-like. Note, however, its feathery antennae and stout, hairy body.

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Photo of a Celery Looper

Celery Looper

Anagrapha falcifera
Unless this moth rests on a brick wall or vinyl siding, you are unlikely to see it. Its camouflage makes it look like a dead leaf!

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Photo of a Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Haematopis grataria
This colorful, butterfly-like moth flies during the day. It’s called a geometer (“earth measurer”) because the larvae are “inchworms” that loop their bodies with each “step” they take.

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