Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Regional Butterfly and Moth Information

Top 20 Commonly Reported Butterflies and Moths of Kansas

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


Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia

Orange Sulphur
Colias eurytheme

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus

Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos

Gray Hairstreak
Strymon melinus

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

Hackberry Emperor
Asterocampa celtis

Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia

Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido comyntas

Checkered White
Pontia protodice

Dainty Sulphur
Nathalis iole

Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Gorgone Checkerspot
Chlosyne gorgone

Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala

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Identifying Caterpillars

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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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