A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal.

A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal.

A gorgeous butterfly hanging out on a leaf at the Butterfly House at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Butterfly

A gorgeous butterfly hanging out on a leaf at the Butterfly House at the Saint Louis Zoo.

The spicebush swallowtail butterfly is a large, dark swallowtail. It is one of our most beautiful and interesting swallowtails.

The spicebush swallowtail butterfly is a large, dark swallowtail. It is one of our most beautiful and interesting swallowtails.

BUCKEYE  Junonia coenia  Butterfly Spotting: This mainly brown butterfly can be easily identified by its distinctive eyespots.    Backyard Tip:Like its relative, the painted lady, buckeyes also enjoy composites, which are plants that are characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers. These include aster, chicory, gumweed, knapweed, and tickseed sunflower. The buckeye will also visit other types of flowers such as dogbane and peppermint.

BUCKEYE Junonia coenia Butterfly Spotting: This mainly brown butterfly can be easily identified by its distinctive eyespots. Backyard Tip:Like its relative, the painted lady, buckeyes also enjoy composites, which are plants that are characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers. These include aster, chicory, gumweed, knapweed, and tickseed sunflower. The buckeye will also visit other types of flowers such as dogbane and peppermint.

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