Butterflies have amazed people for centuries. It's amazing how a caterpillar can change into a beautiful butterfly.
Some people confuse Monarchs with the Queen butterflies.
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Swallowtails probably are the most remarkable of the many types of butterflies.
They are fairly large (3" to 6") and they have an elongation on the end of their hind-wings.
There is often a false eye on the swallowtail. It is their protection to keep birds from pecking their real eyes.
They have an orange spot on the back of the hind-wing.
The orange spot has black in the center of it. 2 1/2" to 3 1/2"
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Black Swallowtails are common in the eastern US and down to South America.
It looks like a bird may have gotten the left swallowtail, but the butterfly is still okay.
The male and female Black Swallowtails may differ somewhat in their coloring.
Some resemble the Spicebrush, but lack the orange spot.
The bluish on the hind-wings may be blue or white. The Spicebrush has a solid orange spot on the back of the hind-wing.
3 1/2" to 4 3/4"
This beautiful butterfly is seen from the Great Lakes to Southern California and down into Central America.
2 3/4" to 3 1/2"
The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly is a large 6".
It is found east of the Rockies to South America.
The top is bright yellow and black.
The underside of this beautiful butterfly is pale yellow with black markings.
It's hard to tell it is the same butterfly until you see it with its wings both open and closed.
The Palamedes is seen in the swampy areas along the eastern United States down into the gulf coast area.
4 1/2" to 5 1/8"
The Zebra Swallowtail of the eastern US may be confused with the Tiger
Swallowtail, but it is noticeably smaller with no yellow on it.
2 1/2" to 3 1/2"
This stunning butterfly is one of my favorite types of butterflies.
It is large and it flies so softly.
3 1/2" to 5 1/2"
The western Tiger Swallowtail is a bit smaller than the Eastern. It has an orange and blue spot on the hind-wing.
3" to 4"
There is a brown form of the female Tiger Swallowtail.
Male swallowtail butterflies getting minerals from the wet soil.
You may see the Monarch Butterfly from southern Canada, across the United
States, down to South America and out in some of the Pacific islands
including Hawaii and New Zealand.
3 1/2" to 4"
The Queen Butterfly is seen from southern California to So. Georgia, Florida to Argentina.
The Queen lacks the black veins of the Monarch.
3" to 3 1/2"
The Monarch has no white spots out in the middle of the fore-wing.
The Queen's underside resembles the Monarch, but it has white spots.
The front legs of the Brush-footed Butterflies look a brush. They walk and stand mainly on their back legs.
We probably don't look at their legs but many of these types of butterflies are in our gardens across the United States.
This lovely little butterfly is seen throughout many parts of the world.
2" to 2 1/4"
Painted Lady butterflies have very interesting patterns on the underside of their wings.
The American Painted Lady has a large eye-spot on the back wings.
The Painted Lady does not have this eye-spot.
2" to 2 1/4"
The Great Spangled Fritillary is common throughout much of the eastern United States.
2 1/8" to 3"
I see the Buckeyes often and they are one of my favorites because I see them so often.
They reside throughout the United States, southern Canada and some of the Caribbean.
2' to 2 1/2"
The first time I saw a Red Admiral Butterfly I was amazed at their brilliant red coloring.
It is seen throughout the United States, Europe, central Asia and North Africa.
1 3/4" to 2 1/4"
The White Peacock Butterfly is seen in south Texas, part of Florida and down through Mexico, Central America and into Venezuela.
2 1/8" to 2 3/4"
The Pearl Crescent Butterfly is found thru out much of the United States
(except for the west coast), parts of Canada and Mexico.
1" to 1 1/3"
This beautiful butterfly is seen in much of the eastern United States.
It mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail which is toxic to birds. But it has no swallowtail.
3" to 3 3/8"
The Question Mark Butterfly has a question mark on the underside of its hind-wing.
It is from southern Canada and in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, except Fl.
2 3/8" to 2 5/8"
The Viceroy may be confused with the Monarch, but it is smaller.
It has a heavy black band across the hind-wing. Monarchs don't have the black band.
It is seen in the United States east of California. The band on the hind-wings also shows on the underside.
2 1/2" to 3"
The wings of the Longwing Butterflies are much longer then they are wide.
Longwings are actually part of the Brush-footed Butterflies, but who looks at their feet. It is much easier to see their long wings.
Zebra Longwings are the Florida State Butterfly.
They live several months longer than other butterflies.
2 3/4" to 3 1/2"
The Julia Butterfly, sometimes called Orange Longwing is actually a brush-footed butterfly.
But its wings are distinctly long.
3 1/4" to 3 1/2
The Gulf Fritillary is one of the most common types of butterflies in Florida.
They have orange wings with dark spots.
2 1/2" to 3 3/4"
You may think they are different types of butterflies until you see both sides.
They have large silvery spots on the underside of their wings.
Sulphurs and Whites are just like their names imply, either white or sulphur yellow colored.
They are small, but more numerous. They are the most common types of butterflies.
You may have seen Sulphurs puddling like this on damp soil. It is the males getting minerals out of the soil.
When the Sulphurs fly, they don't float, they are always flapping their wings.
2 1/4" to 2 3/4"
I would always see white butterflies in the farm lands of California.
1 1/4" to 1 7/8"
Skippers 'skip' from flower to flower. Their wings are small in proportion to their body, so they fly in a hurry.
There are hundreds of skipper types of butterflies that are difficult for amateurs to distinguish.
The delightful little Checkered Skipper is seen from southern Canada to Argentina.
3/4" to 1 1/4"
These dark skippers have a blue-green iridescence and a long tail. They are seen from the southern United States to Argentina.
1 3/4" to 2 1/4"
The Silver-spotted Skipper is seen from southern Canada down to Florida and northern Mexico.
1 3/4" to 2 3/8"
Moths look furry and are normally duller colored than butterflies.
You see them more at night-time hanging around lights. And when they land, they sit with their wings out. Butterflies normally sit with their wings lifted up.
The Sphinx Moths are a large group of moths. They are fast flyers and may range in size up to 4".
The Luna Moth is a green color. It is seen across the United States and Canada, up to 5 1/2"
It is fun to learn the different types of butterflies in your yard. Whether
you know the names of the butterflies is not as important, as
enjoying these wonderful gifts in the garden.
There are 426 identified moths and butterflies in Missouri. Check it out