Useful Website Links

        Many of the sites listed below will have additional links to other sites that may be helpful.  The Phases of the Moon Site listed under the moth sites may be of particular interest to moth collectors, as moths typically come to lights more strongly with a new moon.

Educational Sites  -- Number 4 in this list has lots of links; you'll be able to find out a lot more about lepidopteran biology (life cycle information, etc.).

  1. Monarch Watch --
  2. Butterflies in your playground -- my thanks to Stephanie and Dakota Lowe for directing me to this website
            and here is the broader Insects in your playground (thanks to Mia Chaney for the suggestion)
  3. Southeastern US Butterfly Slide Programs --
  4. Insects on the Web
  5. Insect Sites for Educators -- K - 12
  6. Insectclopedia -- a list of numerous insect related websites, colleges and universities with strong entomological programs, entomological societies, pest, research, etc.
  7. Raising Moths and Butterflies
  8. Mississippi State's Education site, with a curriculum for entomology
  9. Wing Pattern Evolution
  10. Butterfly & Moth Learning Center
  11. Where butterflies come from -- educational site for kids, with crafts for class, 4H groups, etc.

Associations and Information -- 

Worldwide Interest

  1. Lepidopterists' Society Home Page
  2. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera -- Contents
  3. Young Entomologists' Society
  4. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera home page
  5. The International Lepidoptera Survey --
  6. Electronic Resources on Lepidoptera
  7. The Butterflies Starting Page -- "The best butterfly websites on the internet" (or so they say)
  8. Insectclopedia -- a list of numerous insect related websites, colleges and universities with strong entomological programs, entomological societies, pest, research, etc.
  9. The Butterfly WebSite

North America

  1. Carolina Butterfly Society
  2. Southern Lepidopterists' Society
  3. Ohio Lepidopterists' Society
  5. North American Butterfly Association --
  6. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, California
  7. Tiara Biodiversity project -- arthropods of the South Central U.S. and Mexico; Texas A&M
  8. Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute
  9. Monarchs Across Georgia
  10. New York City/North Jersey Butterfly Clubs -- The Mulberry Wing


    1.  Entomotropica


  1. Heterocera Sumatrana Society
  2. Atropos -- a U. K. organization for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts
  3. Sicilian Lepidopterist Society

Equipment/Books/Works of Art

  1. Bioquip --
  2. Carolina Biological Supply --
  3. Moths of North America Fascicles -- apparently there is no current website for the fascicles;  sorry, I didn't do it!!  I'll try to stay on top of this and provide a link when available.
  4. Gary Wayner Bookseller
  5. Welcome to...A World for Butterflies
  6. Traps for capturing Lepidoptera
  7. Latin American butterfly field guides
Historical publications on Lepidoptera
  1. Historical Recent Moth Illustrations 
  2. Biologia Centrali-Americana
  3. Antiquarian Books


  1. Butterfly Videos

Butterfly Sites -- For SE U.S. butterflies, check the first four listed below under North America.

Taxon Specific  

  1. Agrias from Tropical America
  2. Indra Swallowtail -- studies on variation by Wayne Whaley

North America

  1. Lepidoptera.Net (Dave's Lepidoptera Page) - Butterfly photos from Georgia
  2. Georgia Butterflies by Jim Flynn 
  3. Mike Chapman's Butterflies of Georgia --
  4. Jeffrey Pippen's Florida Butterflies, Dragonflies and Damselflies
  5. Butterflies found in North Carolina!
  6. Dave Powell's butterfly site --
  7. Bob Moul's Butterfly Gallery
  8. Representative South Texas Butterflies
  9. Butterflies of Texas
  10. Mike Quinn's Texas Entomology
  11. English Butterfly Names for North America
  12. Butterflies of North America  -- Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
  13. Butterflies of Mexico
  14. Links to yet more butterfly sites (some already included on this site)
Central/South America
  1. Neotropical Butterflies
  2. Nicaraguan Butterflies
  3. Butterflies of Venezuela --
  4. Butterflies of Parque Baixada Santista, state of Sao Paolo, Brazil

    1.  Butterflies of Americas 

Pacific/Indian Ocean areas

  1. Butterflies of Japan and Hawaii
  2. Butterflies of Singapore


  1. Russian Butterflies
  2. Papilionidae of Pakistan
  3. Butterflies of Kerala, India

Moth Sites -- Site number 4 listed below has some outstanding caterpillar pictures representing several different families of moths.

Taxon Specific

  1. Hepialidae of the World

    North America

  1. Prodoxidae
  2. Gelechiidae (Mississippi State University)
  3. Noctuidae of North America Key:
  4. Legion of the Night -- Underwing Moths
  5. Bill Oehlke's Catocala (Underwing Moths)
  6. Bill Oehlke's Sphingidae


  1. Kirby Wolfe's Saturniidae (GREAT!)

North America

  1. The moth photographers website (MPG) -- ever growing and perhaps the best site for moths in the U.S.
  2. Moths of North America  -- Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
  3. moth images on the web
  4. Imagelist --
  5. USGS  Moths of North America
  6. Lynn Scott's Moth Images -- Ottawa, Ontario; many images and some overlap with the SE U.S.
  7. Moths of Canada 
  8. Moths of Fundy National Park, Canada
  9. Moths of North Dakota
  10. The Dominick Moth Collection
  11. Moth Hunting USA
  12. Conner Lab Homepage -- acoustic work with arctiid (Tiger) moths, Wake Forest Univ. 
  13. The Moths of Southeastern Arizona
  14. Connecticut Moths (John Himmelman) -- I've borrowed a number of these images for my website, with his permission, of course!

Central/South America

  1. Arctiidae de Guyane Française -- Tiger Moths of French Guyana
  2. Checklist of Moths of the Area Conservacion de Guanacaste, Costa Rica (Dan Janzen)


  1. Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic
  2. Saturniidae (of various countries, mostly in Europe and Asia)
  3. UK Moths
  4. Moths of Hong Kong

Phases of the Moon -- A useful site for those of you interested in studying moths, as it has been experimentally demonstrated that the full moon often diminishes the number of moths that will be attracted to lights or bait.

  1. Phases of the Moon

General Lepidoptera Sites 

Worldwide Interest

  1. Global Lepidoptera Names Index
  2. Lepidoptera -- a look at the possible relationships between families
  3. Lepidotech
  4. Osipov's Top "100" list of sites
  5. Bob Nuelle's Lepidoptera Collection

North America

  1. Florida State Collection of Arthropods --
  2. - Moth, butterfly hunt in Smokies finds more than 700 species - August 31, 2000
  3. Some selected U.S. species of leps
  4. List of North America species
  5. Butterflies of Sedona -- pages include moths of Sedona and a few pictures of the saturniid moth genus Rothschildia from the American tropics
  6. University of Alberta Entomological Collections
  7. Lepidoptera of Vancouver Island


  1. Brazilian Lepidoptera -- information on a number of topics; pictures of mostly butterflies
  2. Lepidoptera of France and French Guyana


  1.  Lepidoptera of the French Antilles


  1. Moths and Butterflies of Europe - P.Mazzei & D.Reggianti
  2. Lepidoptera of France and French Guyana
  3. Siberian Lepidoptera (GREAT!)
  4. Finnish Lepidoptera (mainly)
  5. Bugs of Thailand (many nice moth and a few butterfly images)
  6. UK Lepidoptera migrants
  7. Andersson's Fjarils sidor (Hey, I write what I sees . . .)

Caterpillar Specific Sites -- besides the caterpillars pictured on this site, the first site listed below should have many species that are found in the S.E. U.S.  The other sites may not, but you may be able to find ones similar to yours, which will probably head you in the right direction at least as far as familial identification is concerned.

  1. Caterpillars of the Eastern Forests
  2. Caterpillars of Australian
  3. Caterpillar Hostplant Database
  4. Common Caterpillars of Southeastern Arizona
  5. Caring for Arctiid (Tiger Moth) Caterpillars (Woolly Bears)
  6. The Truth about Woolly Bears

Butterfly Houses/Gardens/Gardening

  1. Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden --
  2. Spirogyra Butterfly Garden --
  3. Public Butterfly Gardens & Zoos --
  4. Butterflyworld (Florida) --
  5. Univ. of Alberta; Butterfly House --
  6. Butterfly Gardening Resource Guide
  7. Callaway Gardens Day Butterfly Center -- Pine Mountain, GA
  8. Butterfly Pavillion -- Westminster, CO
  9. Butterfly Gardening (Kremp Florists)
  10. -- Ava Rose's Article on butterfly gardening
  11. How to build a butterfly garden in your backyard  -- suggested by Bella

Listserv's -- If you want interaction with people who can give you answers to questions through e-mail, there are listserv's that cater to people with an interest in Lepidoptera.

  1. Leps-L - To subscribe, e-mail to (with message Subscribe Leps-L "first name" "last name", and nothing else).  This group is for anyone, anywhere in the U.S. (or world) with an interest in Lepidoptera.
  2. Texas Butterflies - to subscribe, visit
  3. Carolina List Serve
  4. Moth Talk