Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

National Moth Week is July 20-28, 2024!

Moths are amazing creatures. Take photographs and share your moth sightings with us to document the moths where you live.

Regional Butterfly and Moth Information

Top 20 Commonly Reported Butterflies and Moths of Quebec

These are the most commonly reported butterflies and moths in Quebec. If you do not see the species you found, look at all photographs submitted in Quebec, or visit the Quebec page to see recently submitted sightings.

European Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio canadensis

Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Luna moth
Actias luna

Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa

Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Cecropia silkmoth
Hyalophora cecropia

Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth
Speranza pustularia

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

European Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba

Eight-spotted Forester
Alypia octomaculata

Clouded Sulphur
Colias philodice

Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth
Choristoneura rosaceana

Virginia Ctenucha
Ctenucha virginica

Pandorus Sphinx
Eumorpha pandorus

Common Idia Moth
Idia aemula

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A coordinator will review your submission, and you will get an email with the identification.

We will store your submitted data. Your submission will contribute to our species profiles, checklists, and database. You can track all your submissions and create a personal species list.

Identifying Caterpillars

Do you have a photograph of a caterpillar? If so, when you submit your photograph, please provide us with host plant information if possible. Consider raising it to the adult stage before submitting photographs.

Surprisingly, most of the larval stages of butterflies and moths are simply unknown, and caterpillar photographs can be very difficult to identify. It may take some time for a coordinator to identify your caterpillar.

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