Important Lepidoptera groups

Explore the different lepidoptera groups and the characteristics of these beautiful insects. 

  • Sorolopha bruneiregalis
    Tortricidae

    Discover the Tortricidae, micromoths that can resemble leaves, fragments of barks, and even bird droppings.

  • Ostrinia nubilalis, European corn borer
    Pyraloidea

    Explore these insects commonly known for being pests on fruits, trees, and crops.

  • Macrosoma hyacinthina
    Hedylidae

    Find out about the Hedylidae, a small family that shares similarities with moths but is actually classified as a butterfly.

  • A skipper butterfly
    Hesperiidae

    Discover the skipper butterflies, a group known for their darting flight behaviour.

  • Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly
    Papilionidae

    Explore the swallowtails and birdwings that include some of the most spectacular and largest of all Lepidoptera.

  • A cabbage white butterfly
    Pieridae

    Learn more about this family of butterflies that include the famous cabbage white.

  • Agrias claudina, butterfly
    Nymphalidae

    Read about the Nymphalidae family that is the largest within the butterflies and has twelve subfamilies including the well known stinging nettle feeders.

  • Glaucopsyche lydamus, xerces blue
    Lycaenidae

    The Lycaenidae (blues, coppers and hairstreaks) include some of the smallest butterfly species in the world.

  • Chorinea sylphina, bee butterfly
    Riodinidae

    Explore these butterflies that are commonly referred to as 'metalmarks' and are mostly found in tropical environments with most species in Central and South America.

  • Australian hercules moth
    Saturniidae

    Learn more about these impressive insects. Known as emperor moths and silkmoths, the Saturniidae have eyespots on their wings to scare away predators.

  • Xanthopan morganii praedicta, Madagascan sphinx moth
    Sphingidae

    Find out about the hovering ability of these insects that are commonly known as hawkmoths.

  • A Geometer moth
    Geometridae

    Learn more about the Geometridae family that are important forest herbivores.

  • Acronicta alni, alder moth
    Noctuidae

    Find out about the Noctuidae family that includes the largest moth in the world with a wingspan of a foot.

  • Euplagia quadripunctaria, Jersey tiger moth
    Arctiidae

    Find out about these usually brightly coloured moths that include the famous 'woolly bears' named after their hairy larvae.