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 Manitoba

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


Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Abbott's sphinx
Sphecodina abbottii

Compton Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis vaualbum

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio canadensis

Cecropia silkmoth
Hyalophora cecropia

Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe

Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria cybele

Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Northern Crescent
Phyciodes cocyta

Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Aglais milberti

Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala

Virginian Tiger Moth or Yellow Woolybear Moth
Spilosoma virginica

Modest sphinx
Pachysphinx modesta

Western White
Pontia occidentalis

Northern Azure
Celastrina lucia

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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