Order Lepidoptera

(Butterflies and Moths )

Domain: EucaryaKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: Insecta Order Phenology

Families of the Order Lepidoptera Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Family Common Name Photo Example Where? Phenology
AcrolepiidaeFalse diamondback moths(not available) HerePhenology
AcrolophidaeTube moths(not available) HerePhenology
AdelidaeLonghorned fairy moths(not available) HerePhenology
AmphisbatidaeAmphisbatid moths(not available) HerePhenology
ArctiidaeFootman and tiger moths HerePhenology
AutostichidaeAutostichid moths(not available) HerePhenology
BombycidaeSilkworm moths(not available) HerePhenology
BucculatricidaeMoths(not available) HerePhenology
ChoreutidaeMetalmark moths(not available) HerePhenology
ColeophoridaeCasebearer moths(not available) HerePhenology
CosmopterigidaeCosmet moths(not available) HerePhenology
CossidaeCarpenterworm moths(not available) HerePhenology
CrambidaeSnout moths(not available) HerePhenology
DeoclonidaeMoths(not available) HerePhenology
DepressaridaeLeaf shelter moths(not available) HerePhenology
DrepanidaeHooktip moths HerePhenology
ElachistidaeGrass miner moths(not available) HerePhenology
EpipyropidaePlanthopper parasite moths(not available) HerePhenology
EriocraniidaeMetalic leafminer moths(not available) HerePhenology
GelechiidaeTwirler moths(not available) HerePhenology
GeometridaeInchworm moths HerePhenology
GlyphidoceridaeMoths(not available) HerePhenology
GlyphipterigidaeSedge moths(not available) HerePhenology
GracillariidaeLeafminer moths(not available) HerePhenology
HeliozelidaeLeafminer moths(not available) HerePhenology
HepialidaeGhost moths(not available) HerePhenology
HesperiidaeSkipper butterflies HerePhenology
IncurvariidaeLeafcutter moths(not available) HerePhenology
LasiocampidaeLappet moths HerePhenology
Lepidoptera_familyButterflies and Moths (not available) HerePhenology
LimacodidaeSlug caterpillar moths HerePhenology
LycaenidaeGossamer-winged butterflies HerePhenology
LymantriidaeTussock moths(not available) HerePhenology
LyonetiidaeLyonet moths(not available) HerePhenology
MegalopygidaeFlannel moths(not available) HerePhenology
MicropterigidaeMandibulate archaic moths(not available) HerePhenology
MimallonidaeSackbearer moths(not available) HerePhenology
NepticulidaePigmy moths(not available) HerePhenology
NoctuidaeOwlet moths HerePhenology
NolidaeNolid moths(not available) HerePhenology
NotodontidaeProminent moths(not available) HerePhenology
NymphalidaeBrown, fritillary, admiral, and monarch butterflies HerePhenology
OecophoridaeConcealer moths HerePhenology
OpostegidaeWhite eye-cap moths(not available) HerePhenology
PantheidaePanthea and yellowhorn moths(not available) HerePhenology
PapilionidaeSwallowtail butterflies HerePhenology
PieridaeYellow-white and sulphur butterflies(not available) HerePhenology
PlutellidaeMoths(not available) HerePhenology
ProdoxidaeYucca moths(not available) HerePhenology
PsychidaeBagworm moths(not available) HerePhenology
PterophoridaePlume moths(not available) HerePhenology
PyralidaeSnout moths(not available) HerePhenology
SaturniidaeEmperor moths HerePhenology
SchreckensteiniidaeBristle-legged moths(not available) HerePhenology
SesiidaeClearwing moths HerePhenology
SphingidaeHawk moths HerePhenology
ThyrididaePicture-winged leaf moths(not available) HerePhenology
TineidaeFungus moths(not available) HerePhenology
TischeriidaeTrumpet leafminer moths(not available) HerePhenology
TortricidaeLeafroller moths(not available) HerePhenology
UraniidaeSwallowtail moths(not available) HerePhenology
XyloryctidaeTimber moths(not available) HerePhenology
YponomeutidaeErmine moths HerePhenology
ZygaenidaeBurnet moths HerePhenology

Can't find the families you are looking for? Note:
Families on this list are only those contained in the ATBI database,
and do not neccessarily include all Park families from historic park reports, literature,
or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.
Also note: where the family name ends with '_family', it means that the family
name has not yet been agreed upon by taxonomists for this group,
or that it was not identified to this level.

In Case You Didn't Know ...
Lepidoptera, the scientific name given for butterflies and moths, include thousands of species with over 11,000 just from the United States and Canada. To date DLIA and the ATBI project have identified 37 new species to science and 1,155 species new to the Park from this group, bringing the total number of Smokies moth and butterfly species currently to 1,862! Adult butterflies and moths are easily recognized by their delicate wings covered with tiny scales. Since most of their larvae (caterpillars) feed on plants, and the winged adults pollenate a wide variety of wild and cultivated flowers, the order has considerable economic importance.

Taxon References for Lepidoptera

1.) "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" by David Wagner, Princeton Field Guide, Princeton University Press