Butterflies and Moths of North America

Butterflies and Moths of North America is a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. This site includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for each county in the U.S. and each state in Mexico.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Abutilon incanum Pelotazo, Indian mallow, Shrubby Indian mallow Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Acaciella angustissima Prairie Acacia, Fern Acacia, Whiteball Acacia, Prairie Wattle Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Acer circinatum Oregon vine maple, Vine maple Perennial Shrub, Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Acer negundo Box elder, Box elder maple, Ash-leaved maple, Ashleaf maple, Red River maple, Fresno de guajuco Perennial Tree Sun Moist
Acer rubrum Red maple, Scarlet maple, Soft maple Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Acer saccharinum Silver maple, Soft maple, White maple Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Actaea racemosa var. racemosa Black cohosh, Black bugbane, Bugbane, Black snakeroot, Fairy candles Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Aesculus californica California buckeye Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Agalinis paupercula var. borealis Smallflower false foxglove Annual Herb Sun Moist
Agalinis paupercula var. paupercula Smallflower false foxglove Annual Herb
Agave deserti Desert agave, Desert century plant, Century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave lechuguilla Lechuguilla, Tula ixtle Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave palmeri Palmer's century plant, Palmer agave, Blue century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun, Part-shade Dry
Agave parryi Parry's agave, Century plant, Parry agave Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave utahensis Utah agave Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Allowissadula holosericea Chisos Mountain false Indianmallow, Chisos Mtn. False Indian-mallow, Velvet-leaf Mallow Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Alnus incana ssp. rugosa Speckled alder Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Amaranthus tuberculatus Roughfruit amaranth, Water hemp Annual Herb Moist
Ambrosia trifida Great ragweed, Giant ragweed Annual Subshrub Shade, Part-shade Moist
Amelanchier alnifolia Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Amorpha fruticosa Indigo bush, False indigo bush, False indigo, Desert false indigo Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Amphicarpaea bracteata American hogpeanut Annual Vine
Anaphalis margaritacea Western pearly everlasting, Pearly-everlasting Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Andropogon gerardii Big bluestem, Tall bluestem, Turkeyfoot Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Moist
Angelica atropurpurea Purplestem angelica Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii Flame acanthus, Hummingbird bush, Wright's desert honeysuckle, Wright acanthus, Mexican flame, Wright's Mexican flame Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Annona glabra Pond apple Perennial Tree
Antennaria howellii ssp. neodioica Howell's pussytoes Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Antennaria parvifolia Small-leaf pussytoes, Low everlasting, Nuttall's pussytoes Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Apios americana Groundnut, Wild potato, Indian potato Perennial Vine Shade Wet, Moist
Apocynum androsaemifolium Spreading dogbane, Bitterroot, Flytrap dogbane Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Apocynum cannabinum Indian hemp, Prairie dogbane, Hemp dogbane, Dogbane Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Aquilegia brevistyla Smallflower columbine Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Aquilegia canadensis Eastern red columbine, Wild red columbine Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana Hinckley's golden columbine, Yellow columbine, Hinckley columbine, Capote columbine Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Arabis glabra Tower rockcress Ann