Skip to Content


Biodiversity Catalog of Southwest Virginia

Lepidoptera:  Butterflies and Moths

Lepidoptera Taxonomy:

Kingdom Animalia;  Phylum Arthropoda;  Class Insecta;  Order Lepidoptera

Butterfly Families  

          Complete butterfly species list  and  Butterfly photo gallery

Skippers: Family Hesperiidae                                    species list  photo gallery

Parnassians & Swallowtails: Family Papilionidae   species list  photo gallery

Whites and Sulphurs: Family Pieridae                      species list  photo gallery

Gossamer-wing Butterflies: Family Lycaenidae      species list  photo gallery

Metalmarks: Family Riodinidae                                 species list   no photos

Brush-footed Butterflies: Family Nymphalidae      species list  photo gallery

Moth Families

Hooktip and False Owlet Moths – Family Drepanidae

Wild Silk Moth – Family Saturniidae

Sphinx Moths and Hawkmoths – Family Sphingidae

Prominents – Family Notodontidae

Owlet Moths and Miller Moths – Family Noctuidae

Erebid Moths – Family Erebidae

Euteliid Moths – Family Euteliidae

Tuft Moths – Family Nolidae

Concealer Moths – Family Oecophoridae

Clothes Moths – Family Tineidae

Psychids and Bagworm Moths – Family Psychidae

Grass Miner Moths – Family Elachistidae

Twirler Moths – Family Gelechiidae

Carposinid Moths – Family Carposinidae

Yponomeutid Moths – Family Yponomeutidae

Choreuitid Moths – Family Choreutidae

Sesiid Moths – Family Sesiidae

Cossid Moths and Carpenter Moths – Family Cossidae

Tortricid Moths – Family Tortricidae

Zygaenid Moths – Family Zygaenidae

Flannel Moths – Family Megalopygidae

Limacodids and Slug Caterpillar Moths – Family Limacodidae

Crambid Snout Moths – Family Crambidae

Pyralid Moths – Family Pyralidae

Thyridid Moths – Family Thyrididae

Ghost Moths – Family Hepialidae

Pterophorid Moths and Plume Moths – Family Pterophoridae

Geometer Moths and Looper Moths – Family Geometridae

Swallowtail Moths – Family Uraniidae

Mimallonid Moths – Family Mimallonidae

Apatelodid Moths – Family Apatelodidae

Lasiocampid Moths – Family Lasiocampidae

All images appearing on this website are the exclusive property of the individual photographer and are protected under the United States and International Copyright laws.
Images displayed on this website are made available by the generosity of the photographers; we are very grateful to have an opportunity to display them.
Images displayed on the SWCC Biodiversity Catalog of Southwest Virginia website may not be:
Used for commercial purposes or displayed for profit, downloaded, reproduced, and/or copied by print or electronic means, or used in any way without the written permission of the photographer.


Back to top