New York Insect Gallery

Photo of Painted Skimmer
Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) adult female. Libellulidae family (skimmers).

Welcome to my photo gallery of insects I’ve observed in the New York region, including Long Island and upstate. My primary focus is butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and damselflies. All photos are taken by me, Betsy McCully, unless otherwise noted.

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Butterflies are arranged alphabetically by family, and within each family by the common English name. Skippers (Family Hesperiidae) are grouped separately. Both common and scientific names are taken from the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) checklist of Butterflies for North America 2.4 edition.

Butterflies: Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)


(Moths are arranged alphabetically by family. Taxonomy follows David Beadle & Seabrooke Leckie, Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, 2012.)

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Arranged alphabetically by family (Latin taxonomy)

c. Betsy McCully 2018-2020

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