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 British Columbia

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


Ceanothus silkmoth
Hyalophora euryalus

One-eyed sphinx
Smerinthus cerisyi

Glassy Cutworm
Apamea devastator

Civil Rustic
Caradrina montana

Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus

Hoary Comma
Polygonia gracilis

Western Carpet
Melanolophia imitata

Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus

Dark-bordered Granite Moth
Digrammia neptaria

Green Comma
Polygonia faunus

European Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba

Woodland Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides

Dark Marbled Carpet
Dysstroma citrata

We can help identify your butterfly or moth!

If you know the date and location where the photograph was taken, we can help. It's simple!

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  Submit a Sighting

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.

Browse all caterpillar images

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