nycteis) is distinguished from similar-looking
butterflies by a sprinkling of white-centered
spots on the margin of its hindwings, both above
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.
Butterfly (Colias eurythemes)
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
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.