Lepidoptera

Great leopard moth

Leopard Moth, Lepidoptera Photo

The Giant or Great Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, has very distinct coloring, from its bright white wings with dark spots or rings, to its large abdomen which is marked with iridescent blue and orange on top. Researchers think that these marking...
Blue morpho wing

Morpho peleides, Lepidoptera Photo

Blue morpho (Morpho helenor peleides, or sometimes just Morpho peleides) are native to tropical Central and South America, and are very popular in our Butterfly...
Red-spotted purple

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) is a North American brush-footed butterfly with a wingspan of up to 3.5 inches. The upper sides of the wings ar...
A mating pair of clearwing butterflies, Napeogenes sylphis, in eastern Ecuador. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Keith Willmott

Diversity in butterfly mimicry maintained by predator distribution

When thinking of mimicry, most people picture two things that look identical, with little difference in pattern or color. In nature, the mimicking of one bright warning color pattern among insects is common because it lets predators know to avoid ...
Atlas moth

Attacus Atlas, Lepidoptera Collection Photo

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is one of the largest moths in the world, with a wingspan of over 9.8 inches. Females are slightly larger than males. Like other moths in the family Saturniidae, adults do not have working mouth parts and only live for ...
Calisto hysius butterfly

Calisto hysius, Lepidoptera Collection Photo

Calisto hysius is a small butterfly endemic to the island of Hispaniola in the West Indies, with a wingspan of only 0.8 inches or 2 centimeters. While it ha...