Ocean City Lepidoptera and Lepidoptery

Welcome to the Ocean City Lepidoptera and Lepidoptery (the study of lepidoptera) page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Lepidoptera we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Lepidoptera?

Lepidoptera are an order of insects that includes moths and butterflies (both called lepidopterans). The main characteristics of Lepidoptera are 4 large, showy wings, scales on the wings, sucking mouthparts (in those species which eat as adults), large compound eyes in adults and complete metamorphosis.
Learn more about Lepidoptera at The Lepidopterist Society, Butterfly School, and The Children’s Butterflies Site

Digging a little deeper into Scientific Classifications or Taxonomy of Lepidoptera:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superorder: Panorpida
(unranked): Amphiesmenoptera
Order: Lepidoptera

Check out Discover Life’s How to ID a Butterfly or Moth… Click Here!

How Many Species Of Lepidoptera Are There?
There are over 180,000 described species of Lepidoptera, in 126 families and 46 superfamilies. 10% of the total described species of living organisms are Lepidoptera.

Maryland’s Worcester County has 11 documented families of Lepidoptera, with over 100 different species. Learn more at Butterflies and Moths Organization.

How many types of Ocean City Lepidoptera are there? There is currently no known listing of the number of type of Lepidoptera in the Ocean City, MD area.

Ocean City Lepidoptera

Butterflies

Moths

Click on the link above to learn about  our local lepidoptera like the one below…

Order: Lepidoptera > Family: Nymphalidae > Tribe: Danaini > Genus: Danaus >

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
– Photographer: Robert J Banach
– Date: Oct. 24, 2014
– Location: On the beach, Ocean City, MD USA

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Additional Resources:

EnvironmentalScience.org: Entomology 101: Study of Insects

Careers:

EnvironmentalScience.org: How and Why To Become An Entomologist

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