Image of a Skipper

Images of The Furman University Collection of North American Lepidoptera

The distinction between a butterfly and a moth has long been argued. Separating members of Order Lepidoptera into these two categories cannot be easily justified with scientific data. Nevertheless, many in the English-speaking portions of the world would agree to call members of certain families "butterflies" and members of the remaining families "moths." The site you are viewing follows this convention and lists these North American "butterfly" families: Hesperiidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, Libytheidae, Heliconiidae, Nymphalidae, Apaturidae, Satyridae, and Danaidae.

Lepidoptera images on these pages are copyrighted. Permission must be secured from Furman University before use.
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