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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 wh...
fossil shark teeth

Five Facts: Fossil Shark Teeth (in Florida)

Five Facts About... Fossil Shark Teeth Hunting in Florida Whether you're a casual seeker or a passionate paleontologist, living in Florida puts a treasure trove of fossil shark teeth in easy reach. Here's a few things to know if you want to try you...
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...
African Swallowtail

Papilio dardanus, Lepidoptera Collection Photo

Papilio dardanus has the common name of the Flying Handkerchief, but more frequently is referred to as the African Swallowtail as it lives on a great deal of the African continent. The males are pale yellow with black margins, or brown on the unde...
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 ...
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 has eyespots and orange highlights on the ventral or underside of its wings, the dorsal or u...
Io moth

Automeris Io, Lepidoptera Collection Photo

The Io moth (Automeris io) is widespread in a great deal of eastern North America, and despite its diminishing population, is still one of the most recognized m...