The Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne
is distinguished from similar-looking
butterflies by a sprinkling of white-centered spots on
the margin of its hindwings, both above and below.
This butterfly has a wingspan of 1¼-2½
inches. It is distinguished from other sulphurs by its
orange-yellow wings edged in black. One of the most
common butterflies in North America, the alfalfa is found
from southern Canada into central Mexico, except for the
Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
One of the most widely distributed of the butterflies,
the painted lady is found everywhere in the world except
South America, the Arctic, and Australia.
Magpie Moth (Abraxas
The wings of this moth are predominantly white marked
with heavy black spotting, which is prone to much
individual variation. It is found throughout Europe, from
the British Isles into eastern Siberia.
The Luna Moth (Actias
is one of the largest moths in
North America, with a wingspan of up to 4½ inches. Its
wings are lime green in color, with prominent eyespots on
the long, tapering hindwings, with a characteristic hint
of purple on the leading edges.
Sphingidae (Hawk Moths, Sphinx Moths)
Hawk moths range in size from 1-1/2 to 6
inches in length. They are easily identified by their
stout bodies, obvious head, and large eyes. The forewings
are typically long and narrow, and much larger than the
hind wings. The abdomen is large, with a tapered
cigar-shape appearance. Most sphinx moths are brownish,
often marked with a bright color.