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Index: Butterflies: Butterflies and Moths belong to an order of insects called Lepidoptera which means ‘scaled wings’.  There are approximately 16,000 species of butterflies and moths worldwide, however, butterflies account for only ~17,500 species.  In general, butterflies are diurnal and moths are nocturnal.; Butterflies of the United States: There are approximately 750 species of butterflies in the United States.  Butterflies occur in a wide variety of habits, from your back yard, to mountain tops, to the elements of Alaska.; Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes); Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus); Zebra Long-Wing (Heliconius charithonius, charitonia, charithonia); Atala Butterfly (Eumaeus atala); Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus); Dingy Purplewing (Eunica monima) adult, female, chrysalis; Black Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes asterias) Larva - final instar; Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon); Luna Moth (Actias luna) Female; White Peacock (Anartia amathea); Faithful Beauty (Composia fidelissima); Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); Io Moth (Automeris io) Male; Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) Female; Abberant Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Female Abberation; Mangrove Skipper (Phocides pigmalion) Male; Curve-lined Owlet Moth (Phyprosopus callitrichoides) Larva - final instar; Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis); Butterflies of Trinidad and Tobago: There are approximately 620 species of butterflies in Trinidad and Tobago, 230 of which are skippers (Hesperiidae).  At 4,828 square kilometers, Trinidad likely has the largest diversity of butterflies of any country in proportion to its size.; Emperor Butterfly, Blue Emperor (Morpho peleides insularis); 89 Butterfly (Callicore aurelia); Skipper Butterfly (Family Hesperiidae); Sweet Oil (Hypothyris euclea euclea); Lady Slipper (Pierella hyalinus fusimaculata); Purple Mort Bleu (Eryphanis polyxena) Male; Forest Mort Bleu (Caligo eurilochus minor); Coolie (Anartia amathea) Male; Purple King Sheomaker (Prepona laertes) Male; Rare Tiger (Heliconius ethilla) {Heliconius ethillus}; Hairstreak (Lycaenid species); Tiger with Tails (Consul fabius); Queen Cracker (Hamadryas arethusa) Female; Cracker (Hamadryas feronia); Southern Tiger Pierid (Perrhybris pyrrha) Gynandromorph/Mosaic; King Page (Papilio thoas); Black-Bordered White Male(Melete lycimnia harti); Common Copper (Lemonias luciana); Blue Transparent (Ithomia pellucida pellucida); Grey Handkerchief (Mestra hypermestra cana); Grape Shoemaket (Historis odius); Brown Transparent (Hypothyris euclea euclea); Tailed Flambeau (Marpesia petreus); Female King Zebra (Smyrnia blomfildia); Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui); Rusty-Tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus); Night Butterfly (Taygetis penelea); Female Blue-Banded Thisbe (Thisbe irenea atlantis); Saturniid Moth (Saturniidae); Ringlet Butterfly (Euptychia species); Blue Night Butterfly (Euptychia arnea); Bamboo Page (Siproeta stelenes); Banded King Shoemaker (Archaeoprepona demophon); Zebra Butterfly (Colobura dirce); Grecian Shoemaker (Catonephele numilia); Handkerchief (Phyciodes leucodesma); White Lycid (Arawacus linus); Green Sweet Oil (Aeria eurimedia agna); Male Spare-Winged Cattle Heart (Parides neophilus parianus); Caroni Flambeau (Dryadula phaetusa); Scarce Silver-Spotted Flambeau (Dione juno); Tiger Pierid (Dismorphia amphiona); Male Cabbage White (Ascia monuste); Gonatryx (Anteos maerula); Butterflies of the World; There are approximately 17,500 species of butterflies worldwide.  For every one species of butterfly, there are about ten moth species.  Therefore, butterflies may be considered specialized moths!; Madagascan Moon Moth (Argema mittrei) Madagascar; Monarch Migration (Danaus plexippus) Sierra Chincua, Mexico; Alpine Black Swallowtail (Papilio maackii) China; Banded King Shoemaker (Archaeoprepona demophoon) Costa Rica; Gaudy Patch Butterfly (Chlosyne gaudealis) Costa Rica, Indian Leafwing (Kallima paralekta) Malaysia; African Moon Moth (Argema mimosae) Africa; Pointed Leafwing (Memphis eurypyle) Costa Rica; Blue Pansy (Precis orythia) Malaysia; White Morpho (Morpho polyphemus) Ecuador; Patilla Clearwing (Ithomia patilla) Costa Rica; Common Mime (Chilasa clytia) Malaysia; Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) Malaysia; Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis) Malaysia; Owl Butterfly (Caligo atreus) Costa Rica; Blue Mountain Butterfly (Papilio ulysses) Australia; Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides marinita) Costa Rica; Rothschildia Moth (Rothschildia species) Costa Rica; Abberant Thoas Swallowtail (Papilio thoas) Costa Rica; Panacea Butterfly (Panacea procilla) Costa Rica; Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus) Philippines; Black and White Helen (Papilio nephelus) Malaysia; (Parides montzuma) Costa Rica; Magnificent Swallowtail (Papilio garamas) Costa Rica; Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides limpida) Costa Rica; Mexican Bluewing Abberation (Myscelia ethusa) Costa Rica; Blue Wave (Myscelia cyaniris) Costa Rica; Psyche (Leptosia nina) Malaysia; Large Tree Nymph in flight (Idea leuconoe) Philippines; Wood Nymph in flight (Ideopsis juventa) Malaysia; Ithomia Clearwing (Ithomia diasa) Costa Rica; Grey Cracker (Hamadryas februa) Costa Rica; Mechanitis (Mechanitis menapis) Costa Rica; Malachite Abberation (Siproeta stelenes) Costa Rica; Golden Birdwing (Troides rhadamanthus); Nature: Orchid Bee in Flight (Euglossa viridissima) Female; Architecture: Atlanta at Dawn Georgia; Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico; Underground, Atlanta, Georgia; Landscapes: Caroni Swamp from Above, Trinidad; Chaguaramas from Above, Trinidad; American Lotus, Paynes Prairie, Florida;