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Butterfly Life List

A photographic list of butterflies I have identified or
photographed in my travels. From the magical Glass Wing Butterflies of Latin America to the Sonoran Metalmark of the Desert Southwest, I collect my sightings through photographs.

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 Neotropics section.

Creon Skipper, Lilliana subspecies

Creonpyge creon lilliana. I photographed this Creon Skipper in El Valle de Anton, Panama. It is apparently the first photograph of a living Lilliana Creon Skipper.

Creon Skipper Butterfly, Lilliana subspecies

Scarlet Peacock

Anartia amathea, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Scarlet Peacock Butterfly, Ecuador

Sara Longwing Butterfly

Heliconius sara, photographed in Southeastern Peru

Heliconius Sara Butterfly

Two-Barred Flasher

Astraptes fulgerator, Photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama

Two-Barred Flasher Butterfly

Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly

Ithomiidae Chiapas, photographed in Panama

Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly

Banded Peacock

Papilio crino, photographed in Gamboa, Panama

Banded Peacock Butterfly

Pink Glasswing

Cithaeria aurora, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Pink Glasswing Butterfly from Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.

Nereina White

Hesperocharis nereina, photographed in Andean Ecuador

Nereina White Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae is sometimes called the Passion Butterfly. Photographed in Abaco, Bahamas

Gulf Fritillary

Atala Butterfly

Eumaeus atala photographed in Abaco, Bahamas. I write about this species in the Northern Bahamas dry forest journal.

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

Unidentified Butterfly

Photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.

Ecuador Butterfly

California Sister

Adelpha californica, photographed in Eagle Creek Gorge, Oregon

California Sister Butterfly

Common Ringlet

Isabella's Heliconian

Eueides isabella, photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama.

Isabella's Heliconian

Tracta Sister

Adelpha tracta, photographed on Volcan Mombacho in Nicaragua.

Tracta Sister Butterfly

Holly Blue Butterfly

Celastrina argiolus, photographed in Sicily, Italy. This species is present in both Eurasia and North America.

Holly Blue Butterfly in Sicily, Italy

Erato Heliconian

Heliconius erato, photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama.

Erato Heliconian Butterfly

Menelaus Blue Morpho

Morpho Menalaus, Photographed at Pipeline Road, Panama.

Menelaus Blue Morpho Butterfly

Sonoran Metalmark

Apodemia mejicanus, photographed in Southern Arizona.

Sonoran Metalmark

Butterfly, Unidentified

Andes, Ecuador

Butterfly from Andes, Ecuador

Unidentified Butterfly

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Unidentified Costa Rica Butterfly

Unidentified Butterfly

Ecuadorian Andes

Butterfly from the Ecuadorian Andes Region

Cloudless Sulphur

Phoebis sennae, Pipeline Road, Panama

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

The Sapho Longwing

Heliconius Sapho, photographed in the Canal Zone, Panama.

Heliconius Sapho Butterfly

Red Rim

Biblis hyperia, also called the Crimson-banded Black, photographed on the Napo River, Ecuador

Red Rim Butterfly

Elf

Microtia Elva, photographed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Elf Butterfly in Nicaragua

Edith's Checkerspot

Euphydryas editha, photographed in Oregon

Edith's Checkerspot Butterfly

Mexican Bluewing

Myscelia ethusa, Photographed in Nicaragua

Mexican Bluewing

Woodland Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanoides, Photographed in Oregon.

Woodland Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Urbanus proteus, Photographed in Panama.

Woodland Skipper

Oileus Giant Owl

Caligo oileus, photographed in the Canal Zone, Panama.

Oileus Giant Owl

Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Panama

Panama Skipper Butterfly

Nelson's Hairstreak

Callophrys nelsoni, photographed in Portland, Oregon

Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly, Portland, Oregon

Eastern-tailed Blue

Cupido comyntas, photographed on Abaco, Bahamas.

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly, Bahamas

Costa-Spotted Mimic White

Enantia albania, photographed in Panama

Costa-Spotted Mimic White Butterfly

Palatka Skipper

Euphyes pilatka, photographed in Abaco, Bahamas

Patatka Skipper Butterfly in the Bahamas

Great Southern White

Ascia monuste, photographed in Abaco, Bahamas.

Great Southern White Butterfly, Bahamas

Mourning Cloak, Oregon

Nymphalis antiopa, photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Three Banded Crescent

Eresia ithomioides alsina, photographed in Panama.

Three Banded Crescent

Claudina Crescent

Tegosa claudina, photographed in Panama.

Claudina Crescent

Northern Pearly-eye

Enodia anthedon, Photographed at the Minnesota Valley NWR, Minnesota

Northern Pearly-eye from Minnesota

Blue-gray Satyr

Magneuptychia libye, Photographed on the Caribbean coast, Panama

Satyr Butterfly from Panama

Unidentified Skipper Butterfly

Photographed in Panama

Skipper Butterfly from Panama

Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark

Mesosemia coelestis, photographed in Panama

Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark

Yellow-veined Skipper

Parphorus decora, photographed in Panama.

Yellow-veined Skipper

Crathis Tigerwing

Olyras Crathis, Photographed in Panama

Woodland Skipper

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta, photographed in Oregon.

Red Admiral

Mylitta Crescent

Phyciodes mylitta, photographed in Tualatin, Oregon

Mylitta Crescent

Elegant Flat Spreadwing

Celaenorrhinus stola, Photographed in Panama

Elegant Flat Spreadwing

Cramer's Eighty-eight

Diaethria clymena, photographed on the Tambopata River, Panama

Tambopata River Butterfly

Illinissa Glasswing

Hyposcada illinissa, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Butterfly from Yasuna National Park, Ecuador

Unidentified Butterfly, Ecuador

Photographed in Ecuador

Butterfly from Ecuador

Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Panama

Butterfly - Skipper from Panama

Acontius Firewing

Catonephele acontius, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Catonephele acontius Butterfly

King Swallowtail

Papilio thoas, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Panama Butterfly

Perrhybris Pamela Butterfly

Perrhybris pamela, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Postman Butterfly

Heliconius melpomene, Photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Postman Butterfly, Rosina Subspecies

Heliconius melpomene rosina, Photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Scarce Bamboo Page

Philaethria dido, photographed on the North Coast Honduras

Scarce Bamboo Page Butterfly

Hesperis Eighty-eight

Callicore hesperis, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Julia Heliconian

Dryas iulia, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Orange Daggerwing

Marpesia berania, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Unidentified Sulphur

Photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly

Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Ecuador

Skipper from the Andes of Ecuador

Anna's Blue

Plebejus anna, photographed in Oregon

Annas Blue Butterfly

Malachite Butterfly

Siproeta stelenes, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Malachite Butterfly

Hewitson's Sabre-wing

Jemadia hewitsonii, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Hewitson's Sabre-wing Butterfly

Unidentified Butterfly

Photographed in Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuadorian Andes Butterfly

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui, photographed in Oregon

Painted Lady Butterfly

Cabbage White

Pieris rapae, photographed in Oregon

Cabbage White Butterfly

Unidentified Butterfly

Photographed in Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuadorian Andes Butterfly

Carolina Satyr

Hermeuptychia sosybius, photographed in New Orleans, Louisiana

Butterfly from the Andes

Smooth-Banded Sister

Adelpha cytherea, photographed in Panama

Smooth-Banded Sister Butterfly

Lagora Eyemark

Leucochimona lagora, photographed in Panama

Lagora Eyemark Butterfly

Hyalina Metalmark

Thisbe hyalina, Photographed in Panama

Hyalina Metalmark Butterfly

Orange-patched Crescent

Anthanassa drusilla

Orange-patched Crescent

Hammock Skipper

Polygonus leo, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Hammock Skipper

White Peacock

Anartia jatrophae, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

White Peacock

Variegated Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Variegated Fritillary

Cuban Crescent

Anthanassa frisia, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Cuban Crescent

Western Pygmy Blue

Brephidium exilis, Photographed in California

Western Pygmy Blue

California Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis californica, Photographed in Oregon

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Square-spotted Blue

Euphilotes battoides, Photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon

Square-spotted Blue

Silvery Blue

Glaucopsyche lygdamus, Photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon

Silvery Blue Butterfly

Western White

Pontia occidentalis , Photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon

Western White Butterfly

Lorquin's Admiral

Limenitis lorquini, Photographed in Oregon

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly

Acmon Blue

Plebejus acmon, photographed in Oregon.

Acmon Blue

Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos, photographed in Louisiana.

Pearl Crescent

Leanira Checkerspot

Chlosyne leanira

Leanire Checkerspot

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Aglais milberti

Milberts Tortoiseshell

Blue Copper

Lycaena heteronea

Blue Copper Butterfly

Hoffman's Checkerspot

Chlosyne hoffmanni

Hoffman's Checkerspot