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Butterfly and Moth Lifecycles


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Click on butterfly name link to visit a page with photographs of the lifecycle of each specific species.

With most species, lifecycle photos include:
Egg, young (early instar) & older (later instar) larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis or cocoon), and adult moth or butterfly.
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) drinks nectar from Cosmos
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) drinks nectar from Cosmos.
Cecropia moth adult Hyalophora cecropia
Buckeye Butterfly
Junonia coenia
Cecropia Moth
Hyalophora cecropia
atala butterfly
barred yellow butterfly eurema daira
Atala Butterfly
Eumaeus atala
Barred Yellow
Eurema daira
Blinded Sphinx Moth in Florida (Paonias excaecata)
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus)
Blinded Sphinx Moth
Paonias excaecata
Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus
ceraunus blue butterfly adult Hemiargus ceraunus
Queen butterfly male Danaus gilippus
Ceraunus Blue Butterfly
Hemiargus ceraunus
Queen Butterfly
Danaus gilippus
Great Southern White butterfly (Ascia monuste) butterfly has blue tips on its antennae
Queen butterfly male Danaus gilippus
Great Southern White Butterfly
Ascia monuste
Queen Butterfly
Danaus gilippus
Tropical Checkered Skipper butterfly Pyrgus oileus
Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly
Pyrgus oileus
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly
Phoebis sennae
eastern black swallowtail american butterfly Papilio polyxenes
giant swallowtail butterfly Papilio cresphontes
Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Papilio polyxenes
Gaint Swallowtail Butterfly
Papilio cresphontes
gulf fritillary butterfly Agraulis vanillae
Monarch butterfly danaus plexippus
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Agraulis vanillae
Monarch Butterfly
Danaus plexippus
question mark butterfly Polygonia interrogationis
red admiral butterfly Vanessa atalanta
Question Mark Butterfly
Polygonia interrogationis
Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus )
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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Strymon melinus
x Butterfly
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eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly papilio glaucus
viceroy butterfly limenitis archippus
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Papilio glaucus
Viceroy Butterfly
Limenitis archippus
io moth adult stinging automeris io
american painted lady butterfly vanessa virginiensis
Io Moth
Automeris io
American Painted Lady Butterfly
Vanessa virginiensis
gold rim polydamas butterfly adult battus polydamus
hackberry emperor butterfly celtis laevigata
Gold Rim (Polydamas) Swallowtail Butterfly
Battus polydamus
Hackberry Emperor Butterfly
Celtis laevigata