Learn About Butterflies and Moths

Species Profiles

Explore more than 4,500 species profiles to discover the variety of butterflies and moths found in North America. BAMONA's extensive species profiles include species life history information, identification tips, caterpillar host plants, conservation needs, management concerns, photographs, the most recent verified species sightings, and maps displaying verified occurrences.

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Looking for general information on butterfly and moth biology? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.


Butterflies and moths are members of the order Lepidoptera. Related species are grouped into families and subfamilies. On the taxonomy page, browse species lists, profiles, and images organized by family.

Regional Checklists

A checklist displays a list of species verified in a geographic region. Species profiles are accessible from each checklist.


Confused about crepuscular? Pondering a proboscis? Visit the glossary of entomological terms to find definitions of many terms used on this site.

Elements of a Species Profile

Click on an image to learn more about each part of the species profile.

Species Attributes
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Species Photographs
Screenshot of luna moth images, with text description
Map Displaying Verified Sightings
Map screenshot with description
Table Displaying Most Recent Verified Sightings
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