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    Butterflies and Moths of North America

    While butterflies please many onlookers, their related counterparts - moths - are generally viewed as pesky insects.





    Butterflies (and the related Skippers) are the quintessential summertime insect across North America, representing 760 complete species while a full 12,000 are known to roam North America and some 165,000 have been categorized worldwide. Moths are similar creatures and their differences abound but all of these insects fall under the encompassing order name of Lepidoptera. Similarities between Butterflies and Moths include their scale-like hairs that cover their respective bodies and deliver their various recognizable patterns and colors along the wings that we see. Nearly all species have a long, coiled tongue known as a proboscis which allows them to suck nectar and pollen (among other food sources depending on species).


    Why are Butterflies and Moths grouped together on this page? Because they are scientifically categorized under the same Kingdom, Phylum, Class and Order and very closely related to one another.


    There are a total of (75) Butterflies and Moths of North America in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.


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    1
    Thumbnail picture of the Achemon Sphinx Moth
    Achemon Sphinx Moth
    2
    Thumbnail picture of the Ailanthus Webworm Moth
    Ailanthus Webworm Moth
    3
    Thumbnail picture of the American Lady Butterfly
    American Lady Butterfly
    4
    Thumbnail picture of the Banded Tiger Moth
    Banded Tiger Moth
    5
    Thumbnail picture of the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
    Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
    6
    Thumbnail picture of the Big Poplar Sphinx Moth
    Big Poplar Sphinx Moth
    7
    Thumbnail picture of the Black Swallowtail
    Black Swallowtail
    8
    Thumbnail picture of the Black Witch Moth
    Black Witch Moth
    9
    Thumbnail picture of the Blue Morpho
    Blue Morpho
    10
    Thumbnail picture of the Cabbage White Butterfly
    Cabbage White Butterfly
    11
    Thumbnail picture of the Cassius Blue
    Cassius Blue
    12
    Thumbnail picture of the Clouded Sulphur
    Clouded Sulphur
    13
    Thumbnail picture of the Clymene Haploa Moth
    Clymene Haploa Moth
    14
    Thumbnail picture of the Common Buckeye Butterfly
    Common Buckeye Butterfly
    15
    Thumbnail picture of the Dingy Cutworm Moth
    Dingy Cutworm Moth
    16
    Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
    17
    Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
    18
    Thumbnail picture of the Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
    Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
    19
    Thumbnail picture of the Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
    Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
    20
    Thumbnail picture of the Evergreen Bagworm Moth
    Evergreen Bagworm Moth
    21
    Thumbnail picture of the Fiery Skipper
    Fiery Skipper
    22
    Thumbnail picture of the Forage Looper Moth
    Forage Looper Moth
    23
    Thumbnail picture of the Giant Leopard Moth
    Giant Leopard Moth
    24
    Thumbnail picture of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
    Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
    25
    Thumbnail picture of the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
    Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
    26
    Thumbnail picture of the Great Tiger Moth
    Great Tiger Moth
    27
    Thumbnail picture of the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
    Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
    28
    Thumbnail picture of the Hag Moth
    Hag Moth
    29
    Thumbnail picture of the Himmelman's Plume Moth
    Himmelman's Plume Moth
    30
    Thumbnail picture of the Hoary Edge Skipper
    Hoary Edge Skipper
    31
    Thumbnail picture of the Holly Borer Moth
    Holly Borer Moth
    32
    Thumbnail picture of the Hummingbird Moth
    Hummingbird Moth
    33
    Thumbnail picture of the Imperial Moth
    Imperial Moth
    34
    Thumbnail picture of the Julia Longwing Butterfly
    Julia Longwing Butterfly
    35
    Thumbnail picture of the Large Tolype Moth
    Large Tolype Moth
    36
    Thumbnail picture of the Least Skipper
    Least Skipper
    37
    Thumbnail picture of the Long-Tailed Skipper
    Long-Tailed Skipper
    38
    Thumbnail picture of the Luna Moth
    Luna Moth
    39
    Thumbnail picture of the Lunate Zale Moth
    Lunate Zale Moth
    40
    Thumbnail picture of the Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
    Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
    41
    Thumbnail picture of the Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
    Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
    42
    Thumbnail picture of the Monarch Butterfly
    Monarch Butterfly
    43
    Thumbnail picture of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly
    Mourning Cloak Butterfly
    44
    Thumbnail picture of the Nessus Sphinx Moth
    Nessus Sphinx Moth
    45
    Thumbnail picture of the Painted Lichen Moth
    Painted Lichen Moth
    46
    Thumbnail picture of the Pandorus Sphinx Moth
    Pandorus Sphinx Moth
    47
    Thumbnail picture of the Pearl Crescent Butterfly
    Pearl Crescent Butterfly
    48
    Thumbnail picture of the Pipevine Swallowtail
    Pipevine Swallowtail
    49
    Thumbnail picture of the Plume Moth
    Plume Moth
    50
    Thumbnail picture of the Polka Dot Wasp Moth
    Polka Dot Wasp Moth
    51
    Thumbnail picture of the Polyphemus Moth
    Polyphemus Moth
    52
    Thumbnail picture of the Promethea Moth
    Promethea Moth
    53
    Thumbnail picture of the Red-Shouldered Ctenucha Moth
    Red-Shouldered Ctenucha Moth
    54
    Thumbnail picture of the Regal Moth
    Regal Moth
    55
    Thumbnail picture of the Rosy Maple Moth
    Rosy Maple Moth
    56
    Thumbnail picture of the Rustic Sphinx Moth
    Rustic Sphinx Moth
    57
    Thumbnail picture of the Rusty-Tipped Page
    Rusty-Tipped Page
    58
    Thumbnail picture of the Saddleback Caterpillar
    Saddleback Caterpillar
    59
    Thumbnail picture of the Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
    Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
    60
    Thumbnail picture of the Silver-Spotted Skipper
    Silver-Spotted Skipper
    61
    Thumbnail picture of the Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
    Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
    62
    Thumbnail picture of the Slug Caterpillar Moth
    Slug Caterpillar Moth
    63
    Thumbnail picture of the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
    Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
    64
    Thumbnail picture of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth
    Snowberry Clearwing Moth
    65
    Thumbnail picture of the Southern Emerald Moth
    Southern Emerald Moth
    66
    Thumbnail picture of the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
    Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
    67
    Thumbnail picture of the Tersa Sphinx Moth
    Tersa Sphinx Moth
    68
    Thumbnail picture of the Tobacco Hornworm Moth
    Tobacco Hornworm Moth
    69
    Thumbnail picture of the Tulip-Tree Beauty Moth
    Tulip-Tree Beauty Moth
    70
    Thumbnail picture of the Vine Sphinx Moth
    Vine Sphinx Moth
    71
    Thumbnail picture of the Walnut Sphinx Moth
    Walnut Sphinx Moth
    72
    Thumbnail picture of the Wasp Moth
    Wasp Moth
    73
    Thumbnail picture of the White-lined Sphinx Moth
    White-lined Sphinx Moth
    74
    Thumbnail picture of the White-Marked Tussock Moth
    White-Marked Tussock Moth
    75
    Thumbnail picture of the Zebra Butterfly
    Zebra Butterfly