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Butterflies are amazing creatures once you get a chance to look at them up close. Like everybody else, I've lived most of my life not paying much attention to them.

When my son was transitioning from baby to toddler and I started pointing things out to him, I started to notice things I hadn't noticed much since I was...two? Now my toddler enjoys sitting in the yard with me, looking at bugs. This section attempts to identify and catalogue butterflies into a cohesive butterfly list I have seen while traveling for Notes from the Road.

Butterflies are mentioned in many of articles, especially in The Blue Butterfly at the End of the Loneliest Road and in several articles in the Isthmus section.

I welcome any corrections and comments.

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuador (Yasuna NP)

Creon Skipper, Lilliana subspecies (Panama)

Creon Skipper, Lilliana subspecies

Scarlet Peacock, Ecuador (Yasuni NP)


Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly (Panama)

Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly

Banded Peacock (Panama)

Banded Peacock Butterfly

Pink Glasswing, Ecuador (Yasuni NP)

Nereina White, Ecuador

Nereina White Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary (Bahamas)

Gulf Fritillary

Atala Butterfly

Atala Butterfly resting on a leaf in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

California Sister

California Sister Butterfly

Common Ringlet

Isabella's Heliconian

Isabella's Heliconian

Photographed in Soberania National Park.

Tracta Sister (Nicaragua)

Tracta Sister

Erato Heliconian

Erato Heliconian Butterfly

Menelaus Blue Morpho (Panama)

Menelaus Blue Morpho Butterfly

Sonoran Metalmark

Sonoran Metalmark

Cloudless Sulphur (Panama)

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Heliconius Sapho (Panama)

Heliconius Sapho Butterfly

Elf (Nicaragua)

Elf Butterfly in Nicaragua

Mexican Bluewing (Nicaragua)

Mexican Bluewing

Woodland Skipper

Woodland Skipper

Oileus Giant Owl (Panama)

Oileus Giant Owl

Unidentified (Oregon in May)

Butterfly in the Bahamas

Unidentified Skipper, Panama

Panama Skipper Butterfly

Nelson's Hairstreak, Portland, Oregon

Unidentified Butterfly

Eastern-tailed Blue, Bahamas

Blue Butterfly, Bahamas

Costa-Spotted Mimic White (Panama)

Costa-Spotted Mimic White

Palatka Skipper? (Bahamas)

Skipper Butterfly

Great Southern White, Bahamas

White Butterfly

Unidentified Satyr, Caribbean Panama

Satyr from Panama

California Tortoiseshell

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Oregon)

Square-spotted Blue (Mt Hood)

Square-spotted Blue

Silvery Blue (Mt Hood)

Silvery Blue Butterfly

Western White (Mt Hood)

Western White Butterfly

Lorquin's Admiral (Oregon)

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly

Acmon Blue

Acmon Blue

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Leanira Checkerspot

Leanire Checkerspot

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milberts Tortoiseshell

Blue Copper

Blue Copper Butterfly


Hoffman's Checkerspot

Hoffman's Checkerspot



Mylitta Crescent

Mylitta Crescent

Three Banded Crescent (Panama)

Three Banded Crescent

Claudina Crescent (Panama)

Claudina Crescent

Unidentified Satyr (Panama)

Satyr Butterfly from Panama

Unidentified Butterfly (Panama)


Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark (Panama)

Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark

Two-Barred Flasher (Panama)

Two-Barred Flasher

Smooth-Banded Sister (Panama)

Smooth-Banded Sister

Lagora Eyemark (Panama)

Lagora Eyemark

Hyalina Metalmark (Panama)

Hyalina Metalmark

Elegant Flat Spreadwing (Panama)

Elegant Flat Spreadwing

Thoas Swallowtail (Panama)

Thoas Swallowtail


Orange-patched Crescent (Panama)

Orange-patched Crescent

Yellow-veined Skipper (Panama)

Yellow-veined Skipper

Crathis Tigerwing (Olyras Crathis), Panama

Woodland Skipper

Red Admiral (Austria, Oregon)

Red Admiral

Hammock Skipper (Bahamas)

Hammock Skipper

White Peacock (Bahamas)

White Peacock

Desert Orangetip (California)

Variegated Fritillary (Bahamas) - unsure

Variegated Fritillary

Cuban Crescent (Bahamas)

Cuban Crescent

Western Pygmy Blue (California)

Western Pygmy Blue

Unidentified Butterfly (Panama)

Woodland Skipper

Unidentified Long Tailed Skipper (Panama)

Woodland Skipper

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuador


Unidentified Skipper (Panama)


Unidentified Butterfly, Panama

Panama Butterfly

Unidentified Skipper (Ecuador)

Skipper from the Andes of Ecuador

Malachite Butterfly, Ecuador (Yasuna NP)

Hewitson's Sabre-wing, Ecuador (Yasuna NP)

Catonephele acontius (?), Ecuador (Yasuna NP)

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuador (Yasuna NP)

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuadorian Andes


Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Cabbage White

Cabbage White Butterfly

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuadorian Andes

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuadorian Andes


Carolina Satyr

Carolina Satyr

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuadorian Andes




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