One of the most common questions I get is “I saw an awesome butterfly–what was that?”

Here’s a great resource: Moths and Butterflies of North America

In addition to photos of most adults and larvae, you can even find what species are in your county! Nifty!
It also gives you info on larval host plants, for your garden planning.

You will need to know a little taxonomy to get the most out of it–things are organized by families–but you can also just pull up your county and look at all the pretty photos.

Have added this to the blogroll for your future reference. :)

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


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  2. Thank you for this awesome link (and others you provide)! Love your blog; keep up the good work.

  3. Need to know species.
    -N. Borneo


    Think it may be some kind
    of Saturniidae – Cricula

  4. Hi Gerry. The link you provided doesn’t work.
    Also, the website is for North American moths, so it will be useless for Borneo–sorry!


  5. Yesterday, in the Seattle, Wa area, spotted a skipper-shaped butterfly – solid black with bright red lines along outside edge of wing and bright red dots at the base; mostly red on the underside. They seemed to be hanging out in the tansy ragwort or else just the tall grass. Can’t find them on the recommended website. Can you help?

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