Moths and butterflies

American dagger caterpillar
American dagger (Acronicta americana) caterpillar. Saugerties, NY.
California sister
California sister (Adelpha californica). Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Park, CA.
Eight-spotted forester
Eight-spotted forester (Alypia octomaculata). Lake Mohonk, New Paltz, NY.
Copper underwing
Copper underwing (Amphipyra pyramidoides). Hildacy Farm Preserve, Media, PA.
White peacocks
Copulating white peacocks (Anartia jatrophae). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Ancylis platanana
Ancylis platanana caterpillar on American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis). Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Polyphemus moth
Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus). Female. Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA.
Sachem
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris). Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Ailanthus webworm
Ailanthus webworm (Atteva aurea). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Ailanthus webworm
Ailanthus webworm (Atteva aurea). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Ailanthus webworm moth
Female Ailanthus webworm moth (Atteva aurea) emitting pheromone. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Ailanthus webworm moth
Ailanthus moth ((Atteva aurea). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Ailanthus webworm moth
Ailanthus webworm moth (Atteva aurea) on white flower. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Io moth larvae
Io moth (Automeris io) caterpillars feeding on tarberry (Bejaria racemosa). Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring, FL.
Oak skeletonizer moth (Bucculatrix ainsliella) cocoon
Cocoon of an oak skeletonizer moth (Bucculatrix ainsliella) on abaxial surface of white oak leaf. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Oak skeletonizer moth (Bucculatrix ainsliella) damage
Adaxial surface of oak leaf damaged by oak skeletonizer moth (Bucculatrix ainsliella). Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Prometheus moth caterpillar
Prometheus moth (Callosamia promethea) preparing for pupation. Stroud Preserve, West Chester, PA.
Brazilian skipper larva
Caterpillar of Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius) on cultivated canna lily (Canna sp.). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Brazilian skipper larva
Caterpillar of Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius) on cultivated canna lily (Canna sp.). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Poison ivy leaf-miner
Poison ivy leaf-miner (Cameraria guttifinitella). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Cameraria leaf mine
Cameraria sp. leaf mine in white oak. ID tentative. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Eupatorium borer moth
Eupatorium borer moth (Carmenta bassiformis). Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Ironweed clearwing
Ironweed clearwing (Carmenta bassiformis). Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
The bride
Catocala neogama. on grass blades. ID tentative. Glen Providence Park, Media, PA.
Summer azure
Summer azure (Celastrina neglecta). Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Celastrina
Celastrina sp. on leaf. Ashbridge Preserve, West Goshen, PA.
Orange-collared scape moth
Orange-collared scape moth (Cisseps fulvicollis) on mint. Willistown, PA.
Tobacco hornworm
Tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) with hornworm parasitoid wasp (Cotesia congregata) cocoons. Swarthmore, PA.
Crambid moth
Crambid moth. ChesLen Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Sweetfern geometer moth
Dark form of the sweetfern geometer moth (Cyclophora pendulinaria) on dead tree. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Delicate Cycnia moth
Delicate Cycnia moth (Cycnia tenera). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Monarch caterpillar
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) eating a milkweed flower. Saugerties, NY.
Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) eating milkweed
Monarch chrysalis
Chrysalis of monarch (Danaus plexippus). Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch chrysalis
Chrysalis of monarch (Danaus plexippus). Swarthmore, PA. Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch butterflies
Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) copulating. Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Monarch egg
Monarch egg on swamp milkweed flower bud. Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch egg
Monarch egg on swamp milkweed flower bud. Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch egg
Monarch egg on swamp milkweed flower bud. Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch egg
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) egg on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch egg
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) egg on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar eating a milkweed pod. Swarthmore, PA.
Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly ovipositing on swamp milkweed. Swarthmore, PA.
Virginia creeper sphinx
Virginia creeper sphinx (Darapsa myron) in defensive posture. Aston, PA.
Southern tussock moth caterpillar
Dasychira meridionalis (southern tussock moth) caterpillar. Myakka River State Park, Myakka, FL.
Southern tussock moth caterpillar
Dasychira meridionalis (southern tussock moth) caterpillar on oak. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Banded orange
Dryadula phaetusa. Captive population, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
Bad-wing moth
Bad-wing moth (Dyspteris abortivaria). Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Bad-wing moth
Bad-wing moth (Dyspteris abortivaria). Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Morning glory plume moth
Swarthmore, PA.
Morning glory plume moth
Morning glory plume moth (emmalina-monodactyla) on window. Swarthmore, PA.
Morning glory plume moth
Morning glory plume moth (Emmalina monodactyla). Swarthmore, PA.
Morning glory plume moth
Morning glory plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla) on leaf. ChesLen Preserve, Coatsville, PA.
Mournful sphinx
Mournful sphinx (Enyo lugubris). Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
Tulip-tree beauty
Tulip-tree beauty (Epimecis hortaria). Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA.
Zarucco duskywing larva
Caterpillar of Zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) on scarlet sesban (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Zarucco duskywing larva
Caterpillar of Zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) on scarlet sesban (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.
American common pug
American common pug (Eupithecia miserulata) on swamp verbena. Stoneleigh Garden, Villanova, PA.
Curve-toothed geometer moth caterpillar
Likely a curve-toothed geometer moth (Eutrapela clemataria). Pioneer Park, Zolfo Springs, FL.
Curve-toothed geometer moth caterpillar
Curve-toothed geometer moth (Eutrapela clemataria). ID tentative. Pioneer Park, Zolfo Springs, FL.
Shaler's Fabiola moth
Shaler’s Fabiola moth (Fabiola shaleriella) on lichen. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua)
Planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua) next to its cocoon. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth caterpillar
Ventral view of a planthopper parasite (Fulgoraecia exigua) larva hanging from a strand of silk. Goshen Trail, Newtown Square, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth cocoon
Planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua cocoon). Caterpillar. Media, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth caterpillar
Larva of a planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua). Goshen Trail, Newtown Square, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth caterpillar
Ventral view of a planthopper parasite (Fulgoraecia exigua) larva hanging from a strand of silk. Goshen Trail, Newtown Square, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth caterpillar
Planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua). Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Planthopper parasite moth
Planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua). Swarthmore, PA.
Curve-tooth geometrid
Curve-toothed geometer moth (Eutrapela clemataria). ID tentative. Pioneer Park, Zolfo Springs, FL.
Goldenrod elliptical-gall moth
Goldenrod elliptical-gall moth (Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis). New London, CT.
Sycamore tussock moth caterpillar
Sycamore tussock moth caterpillar (Halysidota harrisii). Media, PA USA.
Grapeleaf skeletonizer moth
Grapeleaf skeletonizer moth (Harrisina americana). Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Snowberry clearwing moth
Snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) nectaring on wild bergamot. Hildacy Farm Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Snowberry clearwing moth
Snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) nectaring on wild bergamot. Hildacy Farm Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) nectaring on wild bergamot. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) nectaring at wild bergamot. Hildacy Farm, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird and snowberry clearwing moths
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) and snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis). Hildacy Preserves, Media, PA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) nectaring at wild bergamot. Hildacy Farm, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) with unfurled proboscis. Hildacy Farm Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) with unfurled proboscis. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) with partially unfurled proboscis. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) nectaring at wild bergamot. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Hummingbird clearwing moth
Hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) showing wing veination. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA USA.
Western branded skipper
Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado). Crooked River National Grassland, Madras, OR.
Western branded skipper
Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado). Crooked River National Grassland, Madras, OR.
Green cloverworm moth
Green cloverworm moth (Hypena scabra). Saul Wildlife Sanctuary, Rose Valley, PA.
Giant leopard moth
Giant leopard moth (Hypercompe scribonia). Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Giant leopard moth caterpillar
Giant leopard moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia). Crum Woods, Swarthmore, PA.
Graylet moth caterpillar
Graylet moth (Hyperstrotia sp.) larva on scarlet Sesbania (Sesbania punicea). ID tentative. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Graylet moth caterpillar
Graylet moth (Hyperstrotia sp.) larva on scarlet Sesbania (Sesbania punicea). ID tentative. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Fall webworm moth
Fall webworm moth (Hyphantria cunea). Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Asimina webworm moth
Asimina webworm moth (Omphalocera munroei). Paynes Creek Historic Park, Bowling Green, FL.
Red-spotted purple caterpillar
Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax). Crum Woods, Swarthmore, PA.
Lochmaeus caterpillar
Either Lochmaeus manteo (variable oakleaf moth) or L. bilineata (a double-lined prominent). Rose Tree Park, Media, PA.
Hobomok skippers
Hobomok skipper (Lon hobomok). Rushton Woods Preserve. Willistown, PA.
Zabulon skipper
Zabulon skipper (Lon zabulon). Asbridge Preserve, West Goshen, PA.
Gypsy moth
Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) on grape leaf. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
Gypsy moth
Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) on grape leaf. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
Hemlock angle
Hemlock angle (Macaria fissinotata) on lichen-covered rock. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Sulphur angle caterpillar
Macaria sulphurea (Itame sulphurea) larva in defensive posture. ID tentative. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Rustic sphinx moth
Rustic sphinx moth (Manduca rustica). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Tobacco hornworm
Tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta). On tomato. Swarthmore, PA.
Southern flannel moth
Southern flannel moth (Megalopyge opercularis). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Squash vine borer moth
Squash vine borer moth (Melittia cucurbitae) on swamp milkweed. Swarthmore, PA.
Squash vine borer moth
Squash vine borer moth (Melittia cucurbitae) on swamp milkweed. Swarthmore, PA.
Common fungus moth
Common fungus moth (Metalectra discalis). Ridley Creek State Park, Edgemont, PA.
Blacklighting for moths
Woman backlit while blacklighting. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Cutworm moth eggs
Eggs of an unidentified cutworm (Noctuidae). Zolfo Springs, FL.
White-marked tussock moth eggs
White-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma) egg case. ID tentative. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
White-marked tussock moth eggs
Egg case of a white-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
White-marked tussock moth
White-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Pandora sphinx moth
Pandora sphinx moth (Eumorpha pandorus). Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Eastern tiger swallowtails
Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Ridley Creek State Park, Edgemont, PA.
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Edgemont, PA.
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Clayton Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States.
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) feeding on buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis). Swarthmore, PA.
Black swallowtail
Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). Swarthmore, PA.
Bluegrass webworm moth
Bluegrass webworm moth (Parapediasia teterrellus). Rose Tree Park, Media, PA.
Locust digitate leafminer moth
Locust digitate leafminer moth (Parectopa robiniella). John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Raspberry crown borer
Female raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata). Media, PA.
Pearl crescent
Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos). Oberlin Arboretum, Oberlin, Ohio.
American grape leaf miner
American grape leaf miner (Phyllocnistis vitegenella). Rose Tree Park, Media, PA.
Cabbage white
Cabbage white (Pieris rapae). Rose Tree Park, Media, PA.
Small white caterpillar
Small white (Pieris rapae) caterpillar on garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Springfield, PA.
Prococera sp.
Caterpillar in the genus Prococera. Feeding on Quercus geminata. Highlands Hammock State Park. Sebring, FL.
Polyphemus moth
Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus). Female. Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA.
Dotted leaftier larva
Beech leaves inhabited by dotted leaftier (Psilocorsis reflexella) caterpillar. ID tentative. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Dotted leaftier larva
Beech leaves inhabited by dotted leaftier (Psilocorsis reflexella) caterpillar. ID tentative. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Dotted leaftier larva
Dotted leaftier (Psilocorsis reflexella) caterpillar. ID tentative. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Dotted leaftier larva
Dotted leaftier (Psilocorsis reflexella) caterpillar. ID tentative. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Common bagworm moth larva
Common bagworm moth (Psyche casta) with case constructed of conifer needles. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Bagworm
Bagworm moth (Psychidae). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Meal moth
Meal moth (Pyralis farinalis). Swarthmore, PA.
Raspberry Pyrausta moth
Raspberry Pyrausta moth (Pyrausta signatalis) caterpillar on bee balm. Swarthmore, PA.
Coffee-loving pyrausta moth
Coffee-loving pyrausta moth (Pyrausta tyralis). Mt. Cuba Center, DE.
Orange-patched smoky moth
Orange-patched smoky moth (Pyromorpha dimidiata). Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Isabella tiger moth
Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella) caterpillar. ID tentative. Hildacy Farm Preserve, Media, PA.
Yellow-vested moth
Larva of yellow-vested moth (Rectiostoma xanthobasis). Pioneer Park, Zolfo Springs, FL.
Yellow-vested moth retreat
Yellow-vested moth retreat
Eggplant webworm
Eggplant webworm (Rhectocraspeda periusalis) on tomato.
Eggplant webworm
Eggplant webworm (Rhectocraspeda periusalis) on tomato.
Eggplant webworm
Eggplant webworm (Rhectocraspeda periusalis) on tomato.
Assembly moth
Assembly moth (Samea ecclesialis) on fern frond. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Salvinia stem borer moth
Salvinia stem borer moth (Samea multiplicalis) on bark. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Banded hairstreak
Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus). Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Striped hairstreak eating mountain laurel flower
Striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops) eating a mountain laurel flower. ID not confirmed. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Checkered-fringe prominent
Checkered-fringe prominent (Schizura ipomoeae) feeding on blackberry. Also known as the morning-glory prominent and the false unicorn prominent. Rose Tree Park, Media, PA.
Dark brown Scoparia moth
Dark brown Scoparia moth (Scoparia penumbralis) on lichen-covered rock. ID not confirmed. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Dark brown Scoparia moth
Dark brown Scoparia moth (Scoparia penumbralis). ID not confirmed. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Pale-edged Selenisa caterpillar
Caterpillar of pale-edged Selenisa (Selenisa sueroides) on scarlet sesbane (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Pale-edged Selenisa caterpillar
Caterpillar of pale-edged Selenisa (Selenisa sueroides) on scarlet sesbane (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Pale-edged Selenisa
Pale-edged Selenisa (Selenisa sueroides) larva on scarlet sesban (Sesbania punicea).
Pale-edged Selenisa caterpillar
Caterpillar of pale-edged Selenisa (Selenisa sueroides) on scarlet sesbane (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.
Great spangled fritillary
Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) on milkweed. Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Common great spangled fritillary
Common great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele cybele) nectaring on common milkweed. Male. At Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Common great spangled fritillary
Common great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele cybele) nectaring on common milkweed. Male. At Rushton Woods Preserve, Willistown, PA.
Greater fritillary
Greater fritillary (Speyeria sp.) on mountain cove mint. Yosemite, CA.
Stigmella rhoifoliella
Stigmella rhoifoliella on poison ivy. Hildacy Preserve, Media, PA.
Gray hairstreak
Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus). Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Sunflower bud moth gall
Sunflower bud moth (Suleima helianthana) gall on Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus). ID tentative. Swarthmore, PA.
Wavy-lined emerald caterpillar
Wavy-lined emerald (Synchlora aerata) on goldenrod inflorescence. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Evergreen bagworm
Evergreen bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) with ragweed bag. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA.
Evergreen bagworm
Evergreen bagworm moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) on oak tree. Zolfo Springs, FL.
Evergreen bagwoom moth
Evergreen bagworm moth ( (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) on pine. Binky Lee Preserve, Chester Springs, PA.
Evergreen bagwoom
Evergreen bagworm moth ( (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) on pine. Binky Lee Preserve, Chester Springs, PA.
Evergreen bagworm moth
Evergreen bagworm moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). Willistown, PA.
Caterpillar in retreat
Caterpillar in retreat constructed on scarlet Sesbania (Sesbania punicea). Zolfo Springs, FL.