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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.

I've organized my butterflies by family:

Papilionidae
Nymphalidae
Pieridae
Lycaenidae
Riodinidae
Hesperiidae
Unidentified

The Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)

King Swallowtail

Papilio thoas, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Panama Butterfly


The Brushfoots (Family Nymphalidae)

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui, photographed in Oregon

Painted Lady Butterfly


Orange Daggerwing

Marpesia berania, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly


Queen Butterfly

Danaus gillipus, photographed in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Queen Butterfly, Danaus gilippus


Red Rim

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

Red Rim Butterfly


Menelaus Blue Morpho

Morpho Menalaus, Photographed at Pipeline Road, Panama.

Menelaus Blue Morpho Butterfly


Hübner's Glad-eye

Calisto Herophile, Photographed in Jardin Botanico Nacional near Havana, Cuba

Hubners Glad Eye Butterfly


Crathis Tigerwing

Olyras Crathis, Photographed in Panama

Woodland Skipper


Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae is sometimes called the Passion Butterfly. Photographed in Havana, Cuba

Gulf Fritillary


Variegated Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Variegated Fritillary


Blue-gray Satyr

Magneuptychia libye, Photographed on the Caribbean coast, Panama

Satyr Butterfly from Panama


Carolina Satyr

Hermeuptychia sosybius, photographed in New Orleans, Louisiana

Butterfly from the Andes


Erato Heliconian

Heliconius erato, photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama.

Erato Heliconian Butterfly


Julia Heliconian

Dryas iulia, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly


Isabella's Heliconian

Eueides isabella, photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama.

Isabella's Heliconian


Empress Leilia

Asterocampa leilia photographed in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Empress Leilia Butterfly


Lorquin's Admiral

Limenitis lorquini, Photographed in Oregon

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly


Oileus Giant Owl

Caligo oileus, photographed in the Canal Zone, Panama.

Oileus Giant Owl


Mourning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa, photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly


California Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis californica, Photographed in Oregon

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly


Bordered Patch

Chlosyne lacinia, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Bordered Patch Butterfly


Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Aglais milberti

Milberts Tortoiseshell


Claudina Crescent

Tegosa claudina, photographed in Panama.

Claudina Crescent


Orange-patched Crescent

Anthanassa drusilla

Orange-patched Crescent


Three Banded Crescent

Eresia ithomioides alsina, photographed in Panama.

Three Banded Crescent


Cuban Crescent

Anthanassa frisia, Photographed near Havana, Cuba

Cuban Crescent


Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos, photographed in Louisiana.

Pearl Crescent


Mylitta Crescent

Phyciodes mylitta, photographed in Tualatin, Oregon

Mylitta Crescent


Tiny Checkerspot

Dymasia dymas, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Tiny Checkerspot Butterfly


Leanira Checkerspot

Chlosyne leanira

Leanire Checkerspot


Hoffmann's Checkerspot

Chlosyne hoffmanni

Hoffman's Checkerspot


Edith's Checkerspot

Euphydryas editha, photographed in Eagle Creek Gorge, Oregon

Edith's Checkerspot 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


American Snout Butterfly

Libytheana carinenta, photographed in Oro Valley, Arizona. This unusual butterfly features a snout which looks like a dead branch, and is used as camouflage.

American Snout Butterfly


Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta, photographed in Oregon.

Red Admiral


Napeogenes inachia

Photographed in Ecuador

Napeogenes inachia Butterfly from Ecuador


Illinissa Glasswing

Hyposcada illinissa, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Butterfly from Yasuna National Park, Ecuador


Pink Glasswing

Cithaeria aurora, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Pink Glasswing Butterfly from Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.


White Peacock

Anartia jatrophae, Photographed in Havana, Cuba

White Peacock


Banded Peacock

Papilio crino, photographed in Gamboa, Panama

Banded Peacock Butterfly


Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly

Ithomiidae Chiapas, photographed in Panama

Ithomiidae Chiapas Glasswing Butterfly


The Sapho Longwing

Heliconius Sapho, photographed in the Canal Zone, Panama.

Heliconius Sapho Butterfly


Sara Longwing Butterfly

Heliconius sara, photographed in Southeastern Peru

Heliconius Sara Butterfly


Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charithonia. Also called the Zebra Heliconian. Photographed in Jardín Botánico Nacional, Cuba.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Zebra Heliconian)


Scarce Bamboo Page

Philaethria dido, photographed on the North Coast Honduras

Scarce Bamboo Page Butterfly


California Sister

Adelpha californica, photographed in Eagle Creek Gorge, Oregon

California Sister Butterfly


Smooth-Banded Sister

Adelpha cytherea, photographed in Panama

Smooth-Banded Sister Butterfly


Malachite Butterfly

Siproeta stelenes, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Malachite Butterfly


Scarlet Peacock

Anartia amathea, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Scarlet Peacock Butterfly, Ecuador


Cramer's Eighty-eight

Diaethria clymena, photographed on the Tambopata River, Panama

Tambopata River Butterfly


Hesperis Eighty-eight

Callicore hesperis, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly


Tracta Sister

Adelpha tracta, photographed on Volcan Mombacho in Nicaragua.

Tracta Sister Butterfly


Northern Pearly-eye

Enodia anthedon, Photographed at the Minnesota Valley NWR, Minnesota

Northern Pearly-eye from Minnesota


Mexican Bluewing

Myscelia ethusa, Photographed in Nicaragua

Mexican Bluewing


Elf

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

Elf Butterfly in Nicaragua


Catonephele antinoe

Photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.

Ecuador Butterfly


Acontius Firewing

Catonephele acontius, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Catonephele acontius Butterfly


The Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

Perrhybris Pamela Butterfly

Perrhybris pamela, photographed on the Tambopata River, Peru

Tambopata River Butterfly


Costa-Spotted Mimic White

Enantia albania, photographed in Panama

Costa-Spotted Mimic White Butterfly


Apaturina Dartwhite

Catasticta apaturina, photographed in Andean Ecuador

Nereina White Butterfly


Great Southern White

Ascia monuste, photographed in Abaco, Bahamas.

Great Southern White Butterfly, Bahamas


Cloudless Sulphur

Phoebis sennae, Pipeline Road, Panama

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly


Western White

Pontia occidentalis , Photographed on Mount Hood, Oregon

Western White Butterfly


Cabbage White

Pieris rapae, photographed in Oregon

Cabbage White Butterfly


Gossamer-Winged Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

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.


Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly


Blue Copper

Lycaena heteronea

Blue Copper Butterfly


Marine Blue

Leptotes marina, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona. Hans thinks this is Reakirt's female.

Marine Blue Butterfly

Marine Blue 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


Reakirt's Blue

Echinargus isola, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Reakirt's Blue Butterfly


Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi, Photographed in Aiguamolls, Catalonia, Spain

Green Hairstreak Butterfly


Nelson's Hairstreak

Callophrys nelsoni, photographed in Portland, Oregon

Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly, Portland, Oregon


Echo Azure

Celastrina echo, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Echo Azure Butterfly


Western Pygmy Blue

Brephidium exilis, Photographed in California

Western Pygmy Blue


Anna's Blue

Plebejus anna, photographed in Oregon

Annas Blue 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


Acmon Blue

Plebejus acmon, photographed in Oregon.

Acmon Blue


Eastern-tailed Blue

Cupido comyntas, photographed on Abaco, Bahamas.

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly, Bahamas


MetalMarks (Family Riodinidae)

Lagora Eyemark

Leucochimona lagora, photographed in Panama

Lagora Eyemark Butterfly


Lasus Eyemark

Perophthalma lasus, photographed in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Unidentified Costa Rica Butterfly


Sonoran Metalmark

Apodemia mejicanus, photographed in Southern Arizona.

Sonoran Metalmark


Hyalina Metalmark

Thisbe hyalina, Photographed in Panama

Hyalina Metalmark Butterfly


Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark

Mesosemia coelestis, photographed in Panama

Blue-patched Eyed-Metalmark


Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Dull Firetip

Apyrrothrix araxes, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Dull Firetip


Hammock Skipper

Polygonus leo, Photographed in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Hammock Skipper


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


Two-Barred Flasher

Astraptes fulgerator, Photographed in Soberania National Park, Panama

Two-Barred Flasher Butterfly


Common Checkered Skipper

Pyrgus albescens, photographed in Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Common Checkered Skipper Butterfly


Woodland Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanoides, Photographed in Oregon.

Woodland Skipper


Long-tailed Skipper

Urbanus proteus, Photographed in Panama.

Woodland Skipper


Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus, photographed in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Fiery Skipper Butterfly


Elegant Flat Spreadwing

Celaenorrhinus stola, Photographed in Panama

Elegant Flat Spreadwing


Yellow-veined Skipper

Parphorus decora, photographed in Panama.

Yellow-veined Skipper


Monk Skipper

Asbolis capucinus, photographed in Jardín Botánico Nacional, Cuba

Red Rim Butterfly


Palatka Skipper

Euphyes pilatka, photographed in Abaco, Bahamas

Patatka Skipper Butterfly in the Bahamas


Hewitson's Sabre-wing

Jemadia hewitsonii, photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Hewitson's Sabre-wing Butterfly


List of Unidentified Butterflies

Butterfly, Unidentified

Andes, Ecuador

Butterfly from Andes, Ecuador


Unidentified Butterfly

Ecuadorian Andes

Butterfly from the Ecuadorian Andes Region


Unidentified Butterfly

Photographed in Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuadorian Andes Butterfly


Unidentified Butterfly

Photographed in Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuadorian Andes Butterfly


Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Ecuador

Skipper from the Andes of Ecuador


Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Panama

Butterfly - Skipper from Panama


Unidentified Skipper

Photographed in Panama

Panama Skipper Butterfly


Unidentified Skipper Butterfly

Photographed in Panama

Skipper Butterfly from Panama