Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on Mexican sunflower, Kinder Farm Park, Millersville, Maryland, October 2018. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Female (dark morph) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus), Monkton, Maryland, July 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) on chrysanthemum, Monkton (Baltimore County), Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
2) Skippers (Hesperioidea) are named for the erratic way they fly. They have stout bodies and hooked antennae. Their small wings are more rounded, but they can have pointed forewings. Most skippers are brown or grey, though they may have colorful markings.
Black Swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes), Monkton, Maryland, July 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
Moths (Heterocera). Moths belong to the suborder Heterocera. They generally are dull in color, usually grey or brown, but can have wave-like or swirl patterns on their wings to serve as camouflage. They have stout, hairy-like bodies, broad wings with large scales, feathery, unclubbed antennae, and a proboscis. A frenulum, or a line of tissue connects their wings. Unlike butterflies, most moth caterpillars form a silk cocoon instead of a chysalis. Moths are generally nocturnal.
Cocoon remnant of a Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia), Monkton, Maryland, July 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
Io Moth (Automeris io), Glen Burnie, Maryland, January 2013. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) on Zinnea, Glen Burnie, Maryland, September 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Child butterfly wall mural, Aliceanna St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2011. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Catalpa Sphinx caterpillar (Ceratomia catalpae), Glen Burnie, Maryland, September 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Woolly bears, or woolly worms, are the fuzzy caterpillars that later turn into moths. Their bodies are covered with thick coats of bristles or setae. Woolly bears eat grass, herbs, and plant leaves. They will roll into a defensive ball if disturbed.
Woolly Bear caterpillar (left) (Pyrrharctia isabella), Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar/Giant Woolly Bear (right) (Hypercompe scribonia), Monkton, Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
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