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Order Lepidoptera

lep i dop' ter uh, butterflies and moths

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Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
The Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
is distinguished from similar-looking butterflies by a sprinkling of white-centered spots on the margin of its hindwings, both above and below.

Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurythemes)
Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurythemes)
This butterfly has a wingspan of 1-2 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 Florida peninsula.

Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
Painted Lady 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 grossulariata)
Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata)
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.

Luna Moth (Actias lunias)
The Luna Moth (Actias lunias)
is one of the largest moths in North America, with a wingspan of up to 4 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.

Family Sphingidae (Hawk Moths, Sphinx Moths)
Family 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.

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