Lepidoptera Archive

  •   White Ermine Facts   The gorgeous White Ermine presents a few challenges for entomologists since they do not always display the same color patterns. While the wings display a […]

    White Ermine

      White Ermine Facts   The gorgeous White Ermine presents a few challenges for entomologists since they do not always display the same color patterns. While the wings display a […]

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  •   Question Mark Butterfly Facts   First of all, the Question Mark Butterfly remains one of the lesser known Lepidoptera in its endemic range. Yet its distinct characteristics make it […]

    Question Mark Butterfly

      Question Mark Butterfly Facts   First of all, the Question Mark Butterfly remains one of the lesser known Lepidoptera in its endemic range. Yet its distinct characteristics make it […]

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  • Cecropia Moth Facts   The most noteworthy fact about the beautiful Cecropia Moth comes as no surprise; it ranks as the largest species of moth endemic to North America. This […]

    Cecropia Moth

    Cecropia Moth Facts   The most noteworthy fact about the beautiful Cecropia Moth comes as no surprise; it ranks as the largest species of moth endemic to North America. This […]

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  •   Hummingbird Hawk Moth Facts   The Hummingbird Hawk Moth is a beautiful and rather remarkable insect. Their mimicry of a hummingbird represents an excellent example of convergent evolution. They are […]

    Hummingbird Hawk Moth

      Hummingbird Hawk Moth Facts   The Hummingbird Hawk Moth is a beautiful and rather remarkable insect. Their mimicry of a hummingbird represents an excellent example of convergent evolution. They are […]

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  •   The Luzon Peacock Swallowtail is a uniquely beautiful species of Lepidoptera. This butterfly is also (sadly!) extremely rare and is rarely photographed. In addition, the Luzon Peacock Swallowtail was […]

    Luzon Peacock Swallowtail

      The Luzon Peacock Swallowtail is a uniquely beautiful species of Lepidoptera. This butterfly is also (sadly!) extremely rare and is rarely photographed. In addition, the Luzon Peacock Swallowtail was […]

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  •   The Ornithoptera Chimaera is an insect so are that it HAS no common name! This beautiful (and it IS… isn’t it?) butterfly is a member the birdwing family. The […]

    Ornithoptera Chimaera

      The Ornithoptera Chimaera is an insect so are that it HAS no common name! This beautiful (and it IS… isn’t it?) butterfly is a member the birdwing family. The […]

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  •   The White Spotted Agrias is a beautiful (and distinctive!) species of Lepidoptera. Unlike most butterflies, their colors vary greatly between individuals. But WHAT colors they are! There are also […]

    White Spotted Agrias

      The White Spotted Agrias is a beautiful (and distinctive!) species of Lepidoptera. Unlike most butterflies, their colors vary greatly between individuals. But WHAT colors they are! There are also […]

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  •   The Wallaces Golden Birdwing ( now THERE is a name to live up to!) is a lovely species of Lepidoptera. Sadly, they are now listed as Endangered by the […]

    Wallaces Golden Birdwing

      The Wallaces Golden Birdwing ( now THERE is a name to live up to!) is a lovely species of Lepidoptera. Sadly, they are now listed as Endangered by the […]

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  •   The rare (and beautiful!) Bhutan Glory is a species of swallowtail butterfly. This delicate Lepidoptera is currently listed as “Status Unknown” by the IUCN. This lovely insect was first […]

    Bhutan Glory

      The rare (and beautiful!) Bhutan Glory is a species of swallowtail butterfly. This delicate Lepidoptera is currently listed as “Status Unknown” by the IUCN. This lovely insect was first […]

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  •   This unassuming (yet still “cuddly” looking) insect is the caterpillar form of the Fall Webworm. The species is better known for this stage than the adult. Though endemic to […]

    Fall Webworm

      This unassuming (yet still “cuddly” looking) insect is the caterpillar form of the Fall Webworm. The species is better known for this stage than the adult. Though endemic to […]

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  •   The Emperor of India Butterfly (now THERE is a regal name!) is an extremely rare species of swallowtail butterfly. Sadly, their beauty is also their curse. This stunning insect […]

    Emperor of India Butterfly

      The Emperor of India Butterfly (now THERE is a regal name!) is an extremely rare species of swallowtail butterfly. Sadly, their beauty is also their curse. This stunning insect […]

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  •   The beautiful Ceylon Rose is one of the most endangered insects on earth (proof that beauty is no protection against man’s devastation of the environment). The greatest threats to […]

    Ceylon Rose

      The beautiful Ceylon Rose is one of the most endangered insects on earth (proof that beauty is no protection against man’s devastation of the environment). The greatest threats to […]

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  •   The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is not only one of the rarest species of butterfly found on earth, it is also the largest known butterfly. Long live the Queen! The […]

    Queen Alexandra Birdwing

      The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is not only one of the rarest species of butterfly found on earth, it is also the largest known butterfly. Long live the Queen! The […]

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  •   The Western Pygmy Blue is living proof that beauty can thrive amidst great desolation! This diminutive beauty inhabits environments most consider desolate. This delicate insect species has the distinction […]

    Western Pygmy Blue

      The Western Pygmy Blue is living proof that beauty can thrive amidst great desolation! This diminutive beauty inhabits environments most consider desolate. This delicate insect species has the distinction […]

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  •   The Clouded Sulphur Butterfly looks like a little bundle of yellow cotton, doesn’t it? But they have a dark secret. This little “Beauty” is also a bit of a […]

    Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

      The Clouded Sulphur Butterfly looks like a little bundle of yellow cotton, doesn’t it? But they have a dark secret. This little “Beauty” is also a bit of a […]

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  •   Just look at the delicate, lacy wings of the Cabbage White Butterfly! These little beauties have quite often been referred to as “flying balls of cotton!” The Cabbage White Butterfly […]

    Cabbage White Butterfly

      Just look at the delicate, lacy wings of the Cabbage White Butterfly! These little beauties have quite often been referred to as “flying balls of cotton!” The Cabbage White Butterfly […]

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  •   The Aporia crataegi is a large Lepidoptera in the family Pieridae. This beautiful and unique insect is one of 30 butterfly species in its genus. This species is by […]

    Aporia crataegi

      The Aporia crataegi is a large Lepidoptera in the family Pieridae. This beautiful and unique insect is one of 30 butterfly species in its genus. This species is by […]

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  •   Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

    Plume Moth

      Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

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  •   The Regal Moth is one of the largest species of Lepidoptera in North America.  Their distinctively shaped caterpillar form is known as the Hickory Horned Devil. In terms of […]

    Regal Moth

      The Regal Moth is one of the largest species of Lepidoptera in North America.  Their distinctively shaped caterpillar form is known as the Hickory Horned Devil. In terms of […]

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  •   The Turnip Moth is a Lepidoptera in the family of Noctuidae. This insect species endemic to various portions of Europe. However, through international trade it has now become common […]

    Turnip Moth

      The Turnip Moth is a Lepidoptera in the family of Noctuidae. This insect species endemic to various portions of Europe. However, through international trade it has now become common […]

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