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North Carolina Butterflies

Approximately 174 species of butterflies are known from North Carolina. Most of these breed in the state, while some of them breed elsewhere but regularly disperse or migrate into the state. A few are rare strays with only a handful of records. All of my photos below are of live butterflies in the wild. Photos were taken under natural lighting using a Nikon CoolPix 4500 (2003-2005) or with a Canon EOS 20d using a flash (2006-present).

Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Updated! 12 Oct 2013
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio appalachiensis)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) Updated! 11 Nov 2013

Whites, Orangetips, & Sulphurs (Pieridae)

West Virginia White Checkered White (Pieris protodice)
West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) Updated! 27 nov 2013
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)
Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Updated! 25 Sep 2013
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) Updated 24 Sep 2013
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) Updated 9 Jan 2014
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Harvesters, Hairstreaks, & Blues (Lycaenidae)

Banded Hairstreak Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) Updated 7 Apr 2013
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Edwards' Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi)
Oak Hairsteak (Satyrium favonius)
Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus (Callophrys) augustinus)
Frosted Elfin (Deciduphagus (Callophrys) irus)
Henry's Elfin (Deciduphagus (Callophrys) henrici)
Eastern Pine Elfin (Incisalia (or Deciduphagus or Callophrys) niphon)
Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus) Updated!! 4 July 2013
Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)
White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Silvery Blue Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas, Everes comyntas)
Dusky Azure (Celastrina nigra)
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
Atlantic Holly Azure (Celastrina idella)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)

Metalmarks (Riodinidae)

Little Metalmark Little Metalmark (Calephalis virginiensis)

Brushfoots (Nymphalidae)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) Updated 1 Dec 2013
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) Updated 22 Jan 2014
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius) Updated 22 Jan 2014
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) Updated 24 Sep 2013
Diana Fritillary (Speyeria diana)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) Updated! 25 Sep 2013
Aphrodite Fritillary Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) Updated! 22 Mar 2014
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Updated! 12 Oct 2013
Mimic Crescent (Phyciodes incognitus)
Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
Red-spotted Purple Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) Updated! 11 Nov 2013
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) Updated! 11 Nov 2013
Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Updated 24 Sep 2013
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Updated! 2 Nov 2013
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) Updated 22 Jan 2014
Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) Updated 22 Mar 2014
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Appalachian Brown Northern Pearly-eye (Enodia anthedon) Updated! 15 Nov 2013
Southern Pearly-eye (Enodia portlandia)
Creole Pearly-eye (Enodia creola)
Appalachian Brown (Lethe appalachia)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius) Updated 27 Nov 2013
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)
Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta)
Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii francisci)
Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Updated 25 Sep 2013
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Updated 23 Sep 2013
Queen (Danaus gilippus) Updated 22 Jan 2014
Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Spread-wing Skippers (Hesperiidae: Pyrginae)

Silver-spotted Skipper Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) Updated! 11 Nov 2013
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)
Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
Confused Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis)
Hayhurst's Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
mystery duskywings (Erynnis "messius")
Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
Appalachian Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus wyandot)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Updated! 25 Sep 2013
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus) Updated! 25 Sep 2013

Grass Skippers (Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae)

Delaware Skipper Swarthy Skipper (Nastra lherminier)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Updated 22 Mar 2014
Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) Updated! 2 Nov 2013
Leonard's Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)
Dotted Skipper (Hesperia attalus)
Meske's Skipper (Hesperia meskei)
Indian Skipper (Hesperia sassacus)
Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius)
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Long Dash (Polites mystic)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Zabulon Skipper Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Northern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet) Updated! 6 July 2013
Little Glassywing (Pompeius verna) Updated 23 Sep 2013
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Updated! 13 July 2013
Arogos Skipper (Anatrytone arogos)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) Updated 18 Nov 2013
Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus)
Rare Skipper (Problema bulenta)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)
Aaron's Skipper (Poanes aaroni) Updated 1 Dec 2013
Yehl Skipper (Poanes yehl)
Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator) Updated 27 Nov 2013
Dion Skipper (Euphyes dion)
Dukes' Skipper (Euphyes dukesi)
Berry's Skipper (Euphyes berryi)
Palatka Skipper (Euphyes pilatka) Updated 22 Jan 2014
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper Two-spotted Skipper (Euphyes bimacula)
Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)
Dusted Skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna)
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I) (formerly called "Loammi Skipper on this website)
Pepper and Salt Skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon)
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius)
Carolina Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes carolina)
Reversed Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes reversa)
Common Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)
Dusky Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes alternata)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Twin-spot Skipper (Oligoria maculata)
Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin) Updated! 11 Nov 2013
Yucca Giant-Skipper Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

Giant-Skippers (Hesperiidae: Megathyminae)

Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)
Cofaqui Giant-Skipper (Megathymus cofaqui)

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