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Actias luna - Luna Moth

Actias luna - Luna Moth

This huge moth is familiar to almost everyone, whether they love insects or not. This particular individual was found at a gas station in rural Kansas at about 5:00 in the morning.

Family Saturniidae (Giant Silk Moths)


Actias luna - Luna Moth

Actias luna - Luna Moth

Another photo, considerably better of a freshly emerged Luna Moth! There were quite a few that were attracted to the black light in Osceola National Forest the first night we camped there.


Adelpha bredowii - California Sister

Adelpha bredowii - California Sister

This is a side shot of the California Sister, and one I'm much more pleased with since the other picture isn't very good.


Adhemarius sexoculata

Adhemarius sexoculata

This large Sphingid was identified as Adhemarius sexoculata.


Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

This species was very common on the island. I do not know what species of plant it is on though. There aren't any good lists of Bahamian plants


Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

Another photo, this time showing both with wings closed.


Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary

This mating pair stayed still enough to get a few photos.


Amblyptilia pica - Geranium Plume Moth

Amblyptilia pica - Geranium Plume Moth

Generally these really cool moths are hard to identify, but this particular one is distinctive enough that with a little help I was able to identify it.

Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)


Anagrapha falcifera - Celery Looper

Anagrapha falcifera - Celery Looper

Another Noctuid. It's a very large group with lots of variation


Anartia jatrophae - White Peacock

Anartia jatrophae - White Peacock

The butterflies are pretty common in Florida, not too sure about their distribution elsewhere in the US.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Ascalapha odorata - Black Witch

Ascalapha odorata - Black Witch

This is an enormous moth nearly 6 inches from wing tip to wing tip. A primarily tropical species, they can be locally common in Texas and the Southwest. This individual was pretty beat up, but I was really excited to see it!


Atalopedes campestris - Sachem

Atalopedes campestris - Sachem

This is a Sachem butterfly, a member of the skipper family. It's nectaring on Ironweed


Atteva punctella - Tropical Ermine Moth

Atteva punctella - Tropical Ermine Moth

These tiny moths were pretty common for a couple of nights till it got cold again


Bathyphlebia eminens

Bathyphlebia eminens

A tropical Satuniid.


Caenurgina erechtea - Forage Looper Moth

Caenurgina erechtea - Forage Looper Moth

I don't have much to say about this little moth other than that its well camouflaged.

Family Erebidae


Callophyrs spinetorum - Thicket Hairstreak

Callophyrs spinetorum - Thicket Hairstreak

Found in a mountain meadow in the southern Sierras


Catocala maestosa - Sad Underwing

Catocala maestosa - Sad Underwing

With highly camouflages fore wings and extremely colorful hind wings, these moths are excellent at camouflage, and in case they are discovered, great at scaring off predators.

Family Erebidae


Celastrina ladon - Spring Azure

Celastrina ladon - Spring Azure

This is another one that I forget where I actually took it, but I have a hunch that it is from Sunol Regional Park, California.

Family Lycaenidae (Gossamer-winged Butterflies)


Chlosyne palla - Northern Checkerspot

Chlosyne palla - Northern Checkerspot

Found this one among some of my photos and it hadn't been put in its proper place.


Cisseps fulvicollis - Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Cisseps fulvicollis - Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Found this colorful moth sunning itself on a plant in the early morning.

Family Arctiidae (Tiger Moths)


Colias eurytheme - Orange Sulphur

Colias eurytheme - Orange Sulphur

This is a really common butterfly, and I'm not sure why I haven't shot it prior to now. It's in the same family as the Whites - Pieridae


Cycnia collaris

Cycnia collaris

A caterpillar of a Tiger Moth. Butterfly Weed is its host plant


Danaus gilippus - Queen

Danaus gilippus - Queen

This is the Southern cousin of the Monarch Butterfly that everyone knows so well.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Danaus plexippus - Monarch

Danaus plexippus - Monarch

Monarch caterpillar feeding on Milkweed


Dryas julia - Julia Heliconian

Dryas julia - Julia Heliconian

This Julia Heliconian was likely just emerged from its chrysalis when I took this photo. There were many species of butterflies in the old Botanical Garden in Key Largo, and I wish that I had taken some more photos of the wide variety I saw there.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Dryocampa rubicunda - Rosy Maple Moth

Dryocampa rubicunda - Rosy Maple Moth

While this was found on a pine needle, it was moved to the log for a more photogenic setting. I usually try not to pose things, and almost never do, but I'm happy with the result. This is another species in the Saturniidae family, the Giant Silk Moths


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Michigan Lily

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Michigan Lily

This was a very fortuitous photo. I happened to come across these lilies right when a Tiger Swallowtail was nectaring on them.


Endrosis sarcitrella - White-shouldered House Moth

Endrosis sarcitrella - White-shouldered House Moth

This may be the first image taken in North America on the internet. Though I believe its more a matter of it being small and hard to see than of being rare.

Family Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)


Epargyreus clarus - Silver-spotted Skipper

Epargyreus clarus - Silver-spotted Skipper

Another skipper, in the spread-winged skipper subfamily


Estigmene acrea - Salt Marsh Moth

Estigmene acrea - Salt Marsh Moth

This is one of the prettiest moths I've ever seen, let alone photographed. This is a Tiger Moth, in the family Arctiidae.


Ethmia sp - Grass Miner Moth

Ethmia sp - Grass Miner Moth

This microlep has such a distinctive pattern but I was still unable to identify it closer than genus.

Family Elachistidae (Grass-Miner Moths)


Euchloe ausonides - Large Marble

Euchloe ausonides - Large Marble

I darkened this image a bit to bring out the colors in this amazing butterfly. It was the only interesting thing I found all day, but I was so excited when I saw it.

Family Pieridae (Whites)


Euphilotes enoptes - Pacific Dotted Blue

Euphilotes enoptes - Pacific Dotted Blue

Found this small goassamer-winged butterfly in a wet meadow up at Yosemite.


Euphydryas chalcedona - Variable Checkerspot

Euphydryas chalcedona - Variable Checkerspot

These are the commonest butterflies in summer where I live in San Ramon, CA, and what beauties they are.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Eurytides marcellus - Zebra Swallowtail

Eurytides marcellus - Zebra Swallowtail

This beautiful butterfly is one of a group of assorted Lepidoptera that I found feeding on salts and mineral in the mud near a lake.

Family Papilionidae (Swallowtails)


Hemaris thisbe - Hummingbird Clearwing

Hemaris thisbe - Hummingbird Clearwing

While it may look like a Hummingbird, for which it is often mistaken, this is actually a member of the Sphinx Moth family Sphingidae.


Hesperia comma - Common Branded Skipper

Hesperia comma - Common Branded Skipper

This pretty skipped was attracted to some little Aster species


Heteropacha rileyana - Riley's Lappet Moth

Heteropacha rileyana - Riley's Lappet Moth

This might be the ONLY live photo of a male of this endangered species!


Hylephila phyleus - Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus - Fiery Skipper

A very pretty skipper, very common as well


Junonia coenia - Common Buckeye

Junonia coenia - Common Buckeye

Even though its relatively common, its still a very pretty butterfly.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Libytheana carinenta - American Snout

Libytheana carinenta - American Snout

This subfamily appears to have only a single species in the US.


Manduca quinquemaculata - Five Spotted Hawk Moth

Manduca quinquemaculata - Five Spotted Hawk Moth

This large Sphingid is Manduca quinquemaculata, literally 5-spotted. It's in the same genus as the Tobacco Hornworm


Melittia gloriosa - Glorious Squash Moth

Melittia gloriosa - Glorious Squash Moth

This gorgeous moth is a member of the Clearwing family; Sesiidae. The host of this species is wild squash, which was abundant where this was found.


Neophasia menapia- Pine White

Neophasia menapia- Pine White

Not too much to say other than this was the only species of butterfly I found in the Mariposa Sequoia Grove.

Family Pieridae (Whites)


Nymphalis antiopa - Morning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa - Morning Cloak

It was a bit too bright to bring out the contrast I was hoping for in terms of color, but it makes up for it by being extremely sharp.

Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)


Orgyia pseudotsugata - Douglas Fir Tussock Moth

Orgyia pseudotsugata - Douglas Fir Tussock Moth

These are the highly distinctive caterpillars of the Tussock Moths, these individuals were all over Mariposa Sequoia Grove.

Family Lymantriidae (Tussock Moths)


Pantherodes sp

Pantherodes sp

Not sure which species of Pantherodes this is, but it was common at Owlet Lodge.


Papilio cresphontes - Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes - Giant Swallowtail

This is one of a group of butterflies including the Zebra Swallowtail I found in the mud.

Family Papilionidae (Swallowtails)


Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

This large beauty was nectaring on Ironweed (Veronia sp.)


Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

This is actually an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. This is the black form of it


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