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    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    Orange-patched smoky moth resting on the edge of a leaf

    Leaf Skeletonizer Moths (Smoky Moths)

    About 25 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a leaffolder moth visiting a flower

    Leaffolder Moths

    Desmia spp.
    Photo of a Least Skipper

    Least Skipper

    Ancyloxypha numitor
    Faint-spotted palthis moth resting on part of an aluminum screen door

    Litter Moths

    Subfamily Herminiinae
    Little wood satyr resting with wings closed

    Little Wood Satyr

    Megisto cymela
    Photo of a little yellow nectaring on a native aster flower

    Little Yellow

    Pyrisitia lisa (syn. Eurema lisa)
    Photo of a lucerne moth

    Lucerne Moth

    Nomophila nearctica
    Photo of a Luna Moth

    Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Magdalen Underwing

    Catocala illecta
    Image of a monarch

    Monarch

    Danaus plexippus
    Photo of a Morning-Glory Prominent moth

    Morning-Glory Prominent

    Schizura ipomoeae
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

    Mourning Cloak

    Nymphalis antiopa
    image of a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Northern Cloudywing

    Northern Cloudywing

    Thorybes pylades
    Northern pearly-eye resting with wings closed

    Northern Pearly-Eye

    Enodia anthedon (syn. Lethe anthedon)
    Olive hairstreak taking nectar at a chickweed flower

    Olive Hairstreak (Juniper Hairstreak)

    Callophrys gryneus gryneus (syn. Mitoura gryneus gryneus)
    Photo of an Orange Wing moth

    Orange Wing

    Mellilla xanthometata
    Photo of a Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

    Vanessa cardui
    Photo of a Painted Lichen Moth

    Painted Lichen Moth

    Hypoprepia fucosa
    Photo of a pearl crescent

    Pearl Crescent

    Phyciodes tharos
    Photo of a Peck's Skipper

    Peck's Skipper

    Polites peckius
    image of Plume Moth on blade of grass

    Plume Moths

    Nearly 150 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Question Mark

    Question Mark

    Polygonia interrogationis
    Photo of a red admiral butterfly, wings spread.

    Red Admiral

    Vanessa atalanta
    Photo of a red-banded hairstreak

    Red-Banded Hairstreak

    Calycopis cecrops
    Photo of a Red-Fringed Emerald

    Red-Fringed Emerald

    Nemoria bistriaria
    Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple with wings closed, showing ventral side of wings

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
    Photo of a regal fritillary, perched on a flower, wings folded

    Regal Fritillary

    Speyeria idalia
    image of a Rosy Maple Moth

    Rosy Maple Moth

    Dryocampa rubicunda
    image of a Sachem, Wings Folded

    Sachem

    Atalopedes campestris
    Image of a silver-spotted skipper

    Silver-Spotted Skipper

    Epargyreus clarus
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    Photo of an unidentified grass skipper

    Skippers

    About 275 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a monkey slug caterpillar on an oak leaf

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    More than 20 species in Missouri
    Photo of a Snowberry Clearwing

    Snowberry Clearwing

    Hemaris diffinis
    Photo of a sod webworm moth on a screen window with wings curled around abdomen

    Sod Webworm

    Pediasia trisecta
    Photo of a southern dogface taking nectar on a pale purple coneflower

    Southern Dogface

    Zerene cesonia (formerly Colias cesonia)
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

    Spicebush Swallowtail

    Pterourus troilus
    image of a Spiny Oak Slug Moth

    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth

    Euclea delphinii

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image of Caddisfly on leaf

Caddisflies

About 1,500 species in North America north of Mexico
Photo of eastern dobsonfly

Eastern Dobsonfly

Corydalus cornutus