"Lepidoptera" means "Scale-wing".

These wing scales are tiny overlapping pieces of chitin on a butterfly or moth wing.

Lepidotera includes butterflies, skippers, and moths which are not scientific terms. Typically whay we call a moth has feathery or thread-like antenna and fly at night. They create a cocoon of silk around their chrysalis. Butterflies and skippers fly at day and have antenna that end in knobs. They do not create cocoons. However, this is just a rule of thumb.

Adults typically have two pairs of wings with the foewing larger than the hind wing and have a coiled proboscis for siphoning nectar. Caterpillars have chewing moth parts.


"The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity." ~Attributed to George Carlin

Caterpillars

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Caterpillars

Western tiger swallowtail - Papilio rutulus

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Western tiger swallowtail - Papilio rutulus

Pale swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon

8 photos
Pale swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon

Anise swallowtail - Papilio zelicaon

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Anise swallowtail - Papilio zelicaon

Western giant swallowtail - Papilio rumiko

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Western giant swallowtail - Papilio rumiko

Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor

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Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor

Sara orangetip - Antocharis sara

21 photos
Sara orangetip - Antocharis sara

Cabbage white - Pieris rapae

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Cabbage white - Pieris rapae

Checkered White - Pontia protodice

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Checkered White - Pontia protodice

Cloudless sulphur - Phoebis sennae

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Cloudless sulphur - Phoebis sennae

Orange sulphur - Colias eurytheme

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Orange sulphur - Colias eurytheme

Dainty Sulphur - Nathalis iole

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Dainty Sulphur - Nathalis iole

California dogface - Zerene eurydice

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California dogface - Zerene eurydice

Tailed Copper - Lycaena arota

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Tailed Copper - Lycaena arota

Bramble Hairstreak -Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum

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Bramble Hairstreak -Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum

Brown Elfin - Callophrys augustinus

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Brown Elfin - Callophrys augustinus

Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak - Satyrium tetra

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Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak - Satyrium tetra

Gray hairstreak - Strymon melinus

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Gray hairstreak - Strymon melinus

Sylvan hairstreak - Satyrium sylvinus

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Sylvan hairstreak - Satyrium sylvinus

Western tailed-blue - Cupido amyntula

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Western tailed-blue - Cupido amyntula

Ceraunus blue - Hemiargus ceraunus

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Ceraunus blue - Hemiargus ceraunus

Marine blue -Leptotes marina

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Marine blue -Leptotes marina

Western Pygmy-Blue - Brephidium exilis

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Western Pygmy-Blue - Brephidium exilis

Silvery blue - Glaucopysche lygdamus

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Silvery blue - Glaucopysche lygdamus

Acmon blue -Plebejus acmon

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Acmon blue -Plebejus acmon

Bernardino blue - Euphilotes bernardino

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Bernardino blue - Euphilotes bernardino

Echo Azure - Celastrina echo

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Echo Azure - Celastrina echo

Pacific azure - Celastrina echo echo

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Pacific azure - Celastrina echo echo

Fatal metalmark - Calephelis nemesis

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Fatal metalmark - Calephelis nemesis

Behr's metalmark - Apodemia virgulti

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Behr's metalmark - Apodemia virgulti

Gabb's checkerspot - Chlosyne gabbii gabbii

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Gabb's checkerspot - Chlosyne gabbii gabbii

Variable checkerspot - Euphydryas chalcedona

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Variable checkerspot - Euphydryas chalcedona

Gulf fritillary - Agraulis vanillae

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Gulf fritillary - Agraulis vanillae

Mourning cloak - Nymphalis antiopa

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Mourning cloak - Nymphalis antiopa

Painted lady - Vanessa cardui

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Painted lady - Vanessa cardui

American lady - Vanessa virginiensis

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American lady - Vanessa virginiensis

West coast lady - Vanessa annabella

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West coast lady - Vanessa annabella

Red admiral - Vanessa atalanta

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Red admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Lorquin's admiral - Limenitis lorquini

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Lorquin's admiral - Limenitis lorquini

California sister - Adelpha californica

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California sister - Adelpha californica

Common ringlet - Coenonympha tullia

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Common ringlet - Coenonympha tullia

Great Basin wood nymph - Cercyonis sthenele

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Great Basin wood nymph - Cercyonis sthenele

Common buckeye - Junonia coenia

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Common buckeye - Junonia coenia

California tortoise-shell - Nymphalis californica

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California tortoise-shell - Nymphalis californica

Monarch - Danaus plexippus

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Monarch - Danaus plexippus

Queen - Danaus gilippus

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Queen - Danaus gilippus

Fiery skipper - Hylefila phyleus

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Fiery skipper - Hylefila phyleus

Umber skipper - Poanes melane

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Umber skipper - Poanes melane

Rural skipper - Ochlodes agricola

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Rural skipper - Ochlodes agricola

Juba skipper - Hesperia juba

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Juba skipper - Hesperia juba

Woodland skipper - Ochlodes sylvanoides

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Woodland skipper - Ochlodes sylvanoides

Eufala skipper - Lerodea eufala

8 photos
Eufala skipper - Lerodea eufala

Wandering Skipper - Panoquina errans

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Wandering Skipper - Panoquina errans

White checkered-skipper - Pyrgus albescens

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White checkered-skipper - Pyrgus albescens

Northern white skipper - Heliopetes ericetorum

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Northern white skipper - Heliopetes ericetorum

Propertius Duskywing - Erynnis propertius

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Propertius Duskywing - Erynnis propertius

Funereal duskywing - Erynnis funeralis

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Funereal duskywing - Erynnis funeralis

Mournful duskywing - Erynnis tristis

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Mournful duskywing - Erynnis tristis

Duskywing species

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Duskywing species