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Last updated 08/15/2005
  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Lepidoptera - Butterflies & Moths

Lepidoptera - Butterflies & Moths

The Lepidoptera is characterized by their scaly wings, which is what 'lepid-optera' means. While butterflies are much better known, they are vastly outnumbered by their moth relatives. The differences between these groups are often emphasized (butterflies being day-flying, brightly colored, and having knobbed antennae), but they share many more similarities. All develop from a plant-feeding caterpillar, which transforms into a pupa (or 'chrysalis' as the butterfly pupa is generally called) on its way to becoming a winged adult.

The butterfly fauna (25 species) of Coal Oil Point is well known thanks to the efforts of local enthusiast Nick Lethaby, who provided our species list. The moths at the Reserve have not been as well studied. Though we've collected many, the malaise trapped specimens are difficult to identify. Some additional moth-specific collecting will be needed to estimate their diversity.




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* Additional information and pictures are available for the families in bold.
Lepidoptera Photos
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Papilionidae - Swallowtails

Papilio zelicaon
Anise Swallowtail
Additional pictures and information about Papilionidae
 

Pieridae - Whites, Orangetips and Sulphurs

Pieris rapae
Cabbage White

Pontia protodice
Checkered White

Anthocharis sara
Sara Orangetip

Colias eurytheme
Orange Sulphur
Additional pictures and information about Pieridae
 

Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies

Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral

Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady

Vanessa virginiensis
American Lady

Vanessa annabella
West Coast Lady

Junonia coenia
Common Buckeye

Phyciodes mylitta
Mylitta Crecent

Danaus plexippus
Monarch

Danaus gilippus
Queen
Additional pictures and information about Nymphalidae
 

Lycaenidae - Blues, Coppers & Hairstreaks

Leptotes marina
Marine Blue

Ploebejus acmon
Acmon Blue

Brephidium exile
Western Pygmy Blue

Strymon melinus
Gray Hairstreak
Additional pictures and information about Lycaenidae
 

Hesperiidae - Skippers

Pyrgus albescens
Southern Checkered Skipper

Heliopetes ericitorum
Northern White Skipper

Erynnis funeralis
Funereal Duskywing

Polites sabuleti
Sandhill Skipper

Hylephila phylaeus
Fiery Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanoides
Woodland Skipper

Panoquina errans
Wandering Skipper
Additional pictures and information about Hesperiidae
 

Pyralidae


 

Geometridae

 

Noctuidae

Autographa sp.





Black witch
Ascalapha odorata
 

Gracillariidae?


 

Sphingidae

White lined sphinx
Hyles lineata
 
 

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