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North Carolina Butterflies

Approximately 175 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. Most of my photos below are of live butterflies in the wild. Photos were taken under natural lighting using a Nikon CoolPix 4500 (2003-2005), with a Canon EOS 20d using a flash (2006-present), or with a Canon PowerShot SX50 under natural lighting (2014-present).

Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio appalachiensis)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Whites, Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

West Virginia White Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)
West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Checkered White (Pieris protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Gossamer-wings (Lycaenidae)

Harvester, Coppers
Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Banded Hairstreak Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Edwards' Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi)
Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
Oak Hairsteak (Satyrium favonius)
Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)
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)
White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Silvery Blue Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
Atlantic Holly Azure (Celastrina idella)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
Dusky Azure (Celastrina nigra)
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas, Everes comyntas)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Metalmarks (Riodinidae)

Little Metalmark Little Metalmark (Calephalis virginiensis)

Brushfoots (Nymphalidae)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Milkweed Butterflies
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

Aphrodite Fritillary Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)
Diana Fritillary (Speyeria diana)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Red-spotted PurpleRed-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Ladies, Anglewings, Buckeyes, Checkerspots, Crescents
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Updated! 2 Nov 2013
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Updated 24 Sep 2013
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) Updated! 11 Nov 2013
Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
'Mimic' Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta incognitus)
Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii)

Pearly-Eyes, Browns, Satyrs, Wood-Nymphs
Appalachian Brown Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Northern Pearly-eye (Lethe anthedon)
Creole Pearly-eye (Lethe creola)
Appalachian Brown (Lethe appalachia)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)
Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta)
Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii francisci)
Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

Skippers (Hesperiidae)

Silver-spotted Skipper Longtails, Cloudywings, & kin
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
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)

Scallopwings, Sootywings, Duskywings, Checkered-Skippers, & kin
Hayhurst's Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
mystery duskywings (Erynnis "messius")
Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Appalachian Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae wyandot)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Grass Skippers
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pepper and Salt Skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon)
Carolina Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes carolina)
Reversed Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes reversa)
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius)
Common Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)
Dusky Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes alternata)
Swarthy Skipper (Nastra lherminier)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Leonard's Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)
Zabulon Skipper 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)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Northern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet)
Little Glassywing (Pompeius verna)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Arogos Skipper (Atrytone arogos)
Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus)
Rare Skipper (Problema bulenta)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)
Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)
Aaron's Skipper (Poanes aaroni)
Yehl Skipper (Poanes yehl)
Delaware Skipper Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Palatka Skipper (Euphyes pilatka)
Berry's Skipper (Euphyes berryi)
Dion Skipper (Euphyes dion)
Dukes' Skipper (Euphyes dukesi)
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)
Twin-spot Skipper (Oligoria maculata)

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

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