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Common Butterfly Species

It is estimated that there are about 20,000 species of butterflies in the world. In North America, there are 725 species (north of Mexico), with about 575 of these occurring regularly in the lower 48 states of the United States.

Included on this website are some of the more common butterflies and moths found in home landscapes, residential areas and nearby parks and gardens in North America.

Here are photo highlights of the 140 butterflies and moths currently featured on this website!

Swallowtails

Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Black
Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Zebra
Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Pipevine
Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Spicebush
Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Two-tailed
Swallowtail
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Giant
Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Anise
Swallowtail
Anise Swallowtail
Palamedes
Swallowtail
Palamedes Swallowtail
Indra
Swallowtail
Indra Swallowtail
Polydamus
Swallowtail
Polydamas Swallowtail
Pale
Swallowtail
Pale Swallowtail
Old World
Swallowtail
Old World Swallowtail
  Western Tiger
Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail

Some of the Fritillary Family

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Zerene Fritillary
Zerene Fritillary
Mormon
Fritillary
Mormon Fritillary
Great Spangled
Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Diana
Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Basin Fritillary
Great Basin Fritillary
Nokomis Fritillary (M)
Nokomis Fritillary - Male
Nokomis Fritillary (F)
Nokomis Fritillary - Female
Purplish Fritillary
Purplish Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Mexican Fritillary
Mexican Fritillary
Edwards Fritillary
Edwards Fritillary
Pacific Fritillary
Pacific Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary

The Ladies

American Lady
American Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady
Painted Lady Butterfly
West Coast Lady
West Coast Lady Butterfly

Monarch and Look-Alikes

Monarch
Monarch Butterfly
Viceroy
Viceroy Butterfly
Soldier
Soldier Butterfly
  Queen
Queen Butterfly
 


Brush Footed Butterflies

Common
Buckeye
Common Buckeye Butterfly
Mourning
Cloak
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Red-Spotted
Purple
Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly
Bordered Patch
Bordered Patch Butterfly
Red Admiral
Red Admiral Butterfly
Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Question Mark
Question Mark Butterfly
Red Satyr
Red Satyr Butterfly
Common Mestra
Common Mestra Butterfly

Hairstreaks

Gray
Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Great Purple
Hairstreak
Great Purple Hairstreak
Arizona
Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly
Red Banded
Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Zebra
Hairstreak
Great Purple Hairstreak

Juniper

Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly

King
Hairstreak

King Hairstreak
Striped
Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak
Silver-banded
Hairstreak

Silver-banded Hairstreak
Hedgerow
Hairstreak

Hedgerow Hairstreak
Golden
Hairstreak

Golden Hairstreak
Nelson's Juniper
Hairstreak

Nelson's Juniper Hairstreak
Coral
Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak
  Mallow Scrub
Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub Hairstreak

Crescents

Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Phaon Crescent
Phaon Crescent Butterfly
Texan Crescent
Texan Crescent Butterfly
Pale-banded
Crescent

Pale-banded Crescent Butterfly
Mylitta
Crescent

Mylitta Crescent Butterfly
Northern
Crescent

Northern Crescent Butterfly
Field Crescent
Field Crescent Butterfly
  Vesta Crescent
Vesta Crescent Butterfly

Skippers

Fiery
Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Long-tailed
Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
White-striped
Longtail
White-striped Longtail  Skipper
Texas Powdered
Skipper
Texas Powdered Skipper
Golden-banded
Skipper

Golden-banded Skipper
Silver-spotted
Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper
Two-barred
Flasher
Two-barred Flasher Butterfly
Mangrove
Skipper

Mangrove Skipper
Guava
Skipper
Guava Skipper Butterfly
Sickle-winged
Skipper

Sickle-winged Skipper
Horace's
Duskywing
Horace's Duskywing Butterfly
Funereal
Duskywing
Funereal Duskywing Butterfly
White-patched
Skipper

White-patched Skipper
  Lavinia White
Skipper
Lavinia White Skipper

Longwing Butterflies

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary
Julia Heliconian
Julia Heliconian Butterfly
Zebra Heliconian
Zebra Heliconian Butterfly

Emperor Butterflies

Silver Emperor
Silver Emperor Butterfly
Tawny Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Empress Leilia
Empress Leilia Butterfly
  Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor
 

The Punctuation Family: Some Commas and a Question Mark?

Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma Butterfly
Hoary Comma
Hoary Comma Butterfly
Question Mark
Question Mark Butterfly
Green Comma
Green Comma Butterfly
Satyr Comma
Satyr Comma Butterfly
Zephyr Comma
Zephyr Comma Butterfly

Metalmarks

Curved-wing Metalmark
Curved-wing Metalmark Butterfly
Red-bordered Metalmark
Red-bordered Metalmark Butterfly
Rounded Metalmark
Rounded Metalmark Butterfly
Arizona Metalmark
Arizona Metalmark Butterfly
Fatal Metalmark
Fatal Metalmark Butterfly
Zela Metalmark
Zela Metalmark Butterfly
Walker's
Metalmark

Walker's Metalmark Butterfly
Mormon
Metalmark

Mormon Metalmark Butterfly
Sonoran
Metalmark

Sonoran Metalmark Butterfly
Nais Metalmark
Nais Metalmark Butterfly
Ares Metalmark
Ares Metalmark Butterfly
Behr's Metalmark
Behr's Metalmark Butterfly
  Blue Metalmark
Blue Metalmark
 

Admirals

Red
Admiral
Red Admiral Butterfly
Weidemeyers
Admiral
Weidemeyers Admiral Butterfly
White
Admiral
White Admiral Butterfly

Leafwings

Goatweed
Leafwing
Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly
Tropical
Leafwing
Tropical Leafwing Butterfly
Pale-Spotted
Leafwing
Pale-spotted Leafwing Butterfly

Checkerspots

Variable Checkerspot
Variable Checkerspot Butterfly
Anicia Checkerspot
Anicia Checkerspot Butterfly
Northern Checkerspot
Northern Checkerspot Butterfly
Gillett's Checkerspot
Gillett's Checkerspot Butterfly
Sagebrush Checkerspot
Sagebrush Checkerspot Butterfly
Arizona Checkerspot
Arizona Checkerspot Butterfly
Fulvia
Checkerspot
Fulvia Checkerspot Butterfly
Tiny
Checkerspot
Tiny Checkerspot Butterfly
Edith's
Checkerspot

Edith's Checkerspot Butterfly
Gorgone Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot Butterfly
Theona Checkerspot
Theona Checkerspot Butterfly
Arachne Checkerspot
Arachne Checkerspot Butterfly
Elada Checkerspot
Elada Checkerspot Butterfly
  Black Checkerspot
Black Checkerspot Butterfly

Some of the Blues

Acmon Blue
Acmon Blue
Melissa Blue
Melissa Blue
Blue Metalmark
Blue Metalmark
Arizona
Hairstreak
Arizona Hairstreak
Eastern
Tailed-blue
Eastern Tailed-blue Butterfly
Greenish
Blue
Greenish Blue Butterfly

Black Butterflies

Red-bordered
Pixie
Red-bordered Pixie Butterfly
Weidemeyers
Admiral
Weidemeyers Admiral Butterfly
Crimson
Patch
Crimson Patch Butterfly

Orange Butterflies

Goatweed
Leafwing
Goatweed Leafwing
Ruddy
Daggerwing
Ruddy Daggerwing

Comma
Eastern Comma Butterfly
Tawny Emperor
Tawny Emperor Butterfly
Julia Heliconian
Julia Heliconian Butterfly
Soldier
Soldier Butterfly

Brown Butterflies

Arizona
Sister
Arizona Sister Butterfly
Tropical
Buckeye
Tropical Buckeye Butterfly
Common
Wood Nymph
Common Wood Nymph  Butterfly
Milbert's
Tortoiseshell
Milbert's Tortoiseshell  Butterfly
Common
Buckeye
Common Buckeye Butterfly
Mourning
Cloak
Mourning Cloak Butterfly

White Butterflies

Cabbage White
Cabbage White Butterfly
Checkered White
Checkered White Butterfly
White Peacock
White Peacock Butterfly
Desert Marble
Desert Marble Butterfly
Falcate Orangetip
Falcate Orangetip Butterfly
Common Mestra
Common Mestra Butterfly
Lavinia White Skipper
Lavinia White Skipper
Rocky Mountain Parnassian
Rocky Mountain Parnassian Butterfly
Great Southern White
Great Southern White Butterfly
Margined White
Margined White Butterfly
  Clodius Parnassian
Clodius Parnassian  Butterfly

 

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