"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.

"Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are"

by Frank Loesser; from the movie "Hans Christian Anderson"

White-lined sphinx - Hyles lineata

26 photos
White-lined sphinx - Hyles lineata

Tobacco hornworm - Manduca sexta

2 photos
Tobacco hornworm - Manduca sexta

Armyworm - Mythimna unipuncta

6 photos
Armyworm - Mythimna unipuncta

Small Mottled Willow Moth (Beet armyworm) - Spodoptera exigua

8 photos
Small Mottled Willow Moth (Beet armyworm) - Spodoptera exigua

Yellow-striped armyworm -Spodoptera ornithogalli

16 photos
Yellow-striped armyworm -Spodoptera ornithogalli

Armyworm moth - Spodoptera sp.

3 photos
Armyworm moth - Spodoptera sp.

Black cutworm - Agrotis ipsilon

1 photos
Black cutworm - Agrotis ipsilon

Granulate cutworm (Subterranean Dart Moth) - Feltia subterranea

13 photos
Granulate cutworm (Subterranean Dart Moth) - Feltia subterranea

Setaceous Hebrew Character - Xestia c-nigrum

3 photos
Setaceous Hebrew Character - Xestia c-nigrum

Pearly Underwing Moth - Peridroma saucia (aka Variegated Cutworm)

12 photos
Pearly Underwing Moth - Peridroma saucia (aka Variegated Cutworm)

Cutworm - Protorthodes sp.

4 photos
Cutworm - Protorthodes sp.

Tobacco Budworm - Heliothis virescens

5 photos
Tobacco Budworm - Heliothis virescens

Tobacco Budworm Moth - Chloridea virescens

1 photos
Tobacco Budworm Moth - Chloridea virescens

Noctuid - Unidentified sp.

3 photos
Noctuid - Unidentified sp.

Alfalfa looper moth - Autographa californica

6 photos
Alfalfa looper moth - Autographa californica

Looper moth - Autographa sp.

4 photos
Looper moth - Autographa sp.

Cabbage looper - Trichoplusia ni

7 photos
Cabbage looper - Trichoplusia ni

The Nutmeg - Anarta trifoli

1 photos
The Nutmeg - Anarta trifoli

Noctuid moth - Oligia tusa

1 photos
Noctuid moth - Oligia tusa

Elder Moth- Zotheca tranquilla

5 photos
Elder Moth- Zotheca tranquilla

Wainscot moth - Leucania sp

2 photos
Wainscot moth - Leucania sp

Lunate Zale Moth - Zale lunata

1 photos
Lunate Zale Moth - Zale lunata

Olive-shaded bird-dropping moth - Ponometia candefacta

1 photos
Olive-shaded bird-dropping moth - Ponometia candefacta

American Lappet Moth - Phyllodesma americana

1 photos
American Lappet Moth - Phyllodesma americana

Erebid moth - Drasteria ochracea

2 photos
Erebid moth - Drasteria ochracea

Erebid moth - Drasteria divergens

1 photos
Erebid moth - Drasteria divergens

Erebid moth - Drasteria tejonica

1 photos
Erebid moth - Drasteria tejonica

Erebid moth - Drasteria sp.

2 photos
Erebid moth - Drasteria sp.

Erebid moth - Caenurgia togataria

1 photos
Erebid moth - Caenurgia togataria

Erebid moth - Toxonprucha sp.

2 photos
Erebid moth - Toxonprucha sp.

Emerald moth - Synchlora faseolaria

1 photos
Emerald moth - Synchlora faseolaria

Emerald moth - Dichorda illustraria

1 photos
Emerald moth - Dichorda illustraria

Emerald moth - Chlorochlamys appellaria

2 photos
Emerald moth - Chlorochlamys appellaria

Geometer moth - Eusarca falcata

1 photos
Geometer moth -  Eusarca falcata

Geometer moth - Speranza austrinata

2 photos
Geometer moth - Speranza austrinata

Geometer moth - Digrammia pictipennata

2 photos
Geometer moth - Digrammia pictipennata

Geometrid moth - Digrammia irrorata

3 photos
Geometrid moth - Digrammia irrorata

Geometrid moth - Pterotaea newcombi

1 photos
Geometrid moth - Pterotaea newcombi

Geometrid Moth - Archirhoe neomexicana

3 photos
Geometrid Moth - Archirhoe neomexicana

Geometer moth - Pterotaea lamiaria

1 photos
Geometer moth -  Pterotaea lamiaria

Geometrid moth - Iridopsis fragilaria

4 photos
Geometrid moth - Iridopsis fragilaria

Geometer moth - Pero sp

2 photos
Geometer moth - Pero sp

Geometrid moth - Perizoma sp. (epictata?)

2 photos
Geometrid moth - Perizoma sp. (epictata?)

Geometer moth - Plataea diva

1 photos
Geometer moth - Plataea diva

Geometrid looper - Unidentified sp.

2 photos
Geometrid looper - Unidentified sp.

Various geomertid loopers - Unidentified spp.

13 photos
Various geomertid loopers - Unidentified spp.

Salt marsh moth - Estigmene acrea

22 photos
Salt marsh moth - Estigmene acrea

Mexican tiger moth - Notarctia proxima

5 photos
Mexican tiger moth - Notarctia proxima

Tiger moth - Grammia sp.

2 photos
Tiger moth - Grammia sp.

Case-bearing moth - Phereoeca uterella

1 photos
Case-bearing moth - Phereoeca uterella

Plume moth - Unidentified sp.

5 photos
Plume moth - Unidentified sp.

Yucca moth - Prodoxus cinereus

2 photos
Yucca moth - Prodoxus cinereus

Diamondback moth - Plutella xylostella

3 photos
Diamondback moth - Plutella xylostella

Ragweed borer moth - Epiblema strenuana

1 photos
Ragweed borer moth - Epiblema strenuana

Cotton tipworm moth - Crocidosema plebejana

1 photos
Cotton tipworm moth - Crocidosema plebejana

Tortricid moth - Pseudexentera sp.

1 photos
Tortricid moth - Pseudexentera sp.

Garden tortrix - Clepsis peritana

2 photos
Garden tortrix - Clepsis peritana

Orange tortrix - Argyrotaenia franciscana

2 photos
Orange tortrix - Argyrotaenia franciscana

Tortricid moth - Anopina triangulana

3 photos
Tortricid moth - Anopina triangulana

Garden webworm moth - Achyra rantalis (possibly occidentalis)

4 photos
Garden webworm moth - Achyra rantalis (possibly occidentalis)

Belted Grass-veneer - Euchromius ocelleus

1 photos
Belted Grass-veneer - Euchromius ocelleus

Eight-barred lygropia - Lygropia octonalis

2 photos
Eight-barred lygropia - Lygropia octonalis

Crambid moth - Glyphodes onychinalis

7 photos
Crambid moth - Glyphodes onychinalis

Crambid moth - Pyrausta volupialis

4 photos
Crambid moth  - Pyrausta volupialis

Inornate Pyrausta Moth - Pyrausta inornatalis

1 photos
Inornate Pyrausta Moth - Pyrausta inornatalis

Crambid moth - Unidentifed sp.

2 photos
Crambid moth  - Unidentifed sp.

Yellow-veined Moth - Microtheoris ophionalis

1 photos
Yellow-veined Moth - Microtheoris ophionalis

Crambid moth - Pyrausta zonalis

2 photos
Crambid moth - Pyrausta zonalis

Pyralid moth - Arta epicoenalis

1 photos
Pyralid moth - Arta epicoenalis

Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth - Elasmopalpus lignosellus

2 photos
Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth - Elasmopalpus lignosellus

Silver-banded moth - Chrysoesthia lingulacella

1 photos
Silver-banded moth - Chrysoesthia lingulacella

Twirler moth - Chionodes sp

1 photos
Twirler moth - Chionodes sp

Silk moth - Bombyx mori

6 photos
Silk moth - Bombyx mori