Butterflies and moths on the Internet

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The Internet is loaded with sites that provide information on moths and butterflies. The great challenge in using these sites is picking out the good ones with accurate and useful information. I’ve been exploring these for some time now, and here are my favorites for help with the identification of butterflies and moths:

Butterflies and Moths of North America
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/ This is a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. It includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for every U.S. county and each Mexican state.

The Children’s Butterfly Site
http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/ This is a companion site to the Butterflies and Moths of North America, intended for a youth audience.

North American Moth Photographers Group
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/MainMenu.shtml The Moth Photographers Group is a non-profit organization with the purpose of aiding nature photographers and others in identifying moths. Their goal is to make accessible via the Internet photographs of most of the moths occurring in North America.

Images of North American Moth Species
http://eweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/ Access and links to photos of caterpillar and adult forms of thousands of North American moth species.

North America Butterfly Association
http://www.naba.org/ This the largest association in North America of people interested in butterflies. Its goal is to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies. Their site includes information for locating and identifying butterflies, how to create successful butterfly gardens, and how to photograph butterflies.

Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association
http://www.sembabutterfly.com/index.html A great source of local information for Southeast Michigan, with links to many resources.

Regal fritillary
Photo 1. A Regal Fritillary.

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