Butterfly

Angel Wings and Tortoiseshells
Angelwings are named for punctuation marks because of their distinctive markings.
 
Buckeye Butterfly
This mainly brown butterfly can be easily identified by its distinctive eyespots.
 
Mourning Cloak
As might be expected the mourning cloak is predominately black.
 
Painted Lady
Painted ladies gravitate to composites.
Question Mark
The question mark butterfly gets its name from the shiny silver question mark on its hindwing.
 
Red Admiral
A favorite taste sensation of the red admiral is the sap on trees.
 
Satyr Comma
The upper side of this butterfly is mainly a yellow-orange color.
Brush-Footed Butterflies
The brush-footed butterfly gets its name from its distinctive short, hairy forelegs.
 
Great Spangled Fritillary
The upperwings of the great spangled fritillary are orange and patterned with black dashes and dots.  
 
Gulf Fritillary
This bright red and orange butterfly makes its home in the Gulf of Mexico.
 

Meadow Fritillary
Fritillaries tend to look similar with their orange wings and black markings.

Photo: Variegated fritillary butterfly 
Variegated Fritillary
The upperside of this butterfly is orange with black markings.

Photo: Zebra heliconian butterfly 
Zebra Heliconian
Like most butterflies the zebra heliconian sips nectar, but this insect also eats pollen.

Photo: Gossamer winged butterfly 
Gossamer Winged Butterflies
Gossamer wings encompass over 4,700 species worldwide.

Photo: American copper butterfly 
American Copper
Seasonal temperatures can create variations in color of the American copper butterfly.

Photo: Banded hairstreak butterfly 
Banded Hairstreak
Small and quick, the hairstreak group of butterflies are named for their hairlike tails.

Gray Hairstreak
The upper side of the gray hairstreak is slate-gray.

Photo: Spring azure butterfly 
Spring Azure
This petite early-spring butterfly is a member of the blues family.

Photo: Swallowtail butterfly 
Swallowtail Butterflies
Swallowtails are North America’s largest butterfly.

Photo: Anise swallowtail butterfly 
Anise Swallowtail
A broad yellow band splashes through the center of the forewings of the anise swallowtail.

Photo: Black swallowtail butterfly 
Black Swallowtail
The forewings of the black swallowtail are black to blue-black.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
This predominantly yellow butterfly has black tiger-stripe markings across its wings.
 
Pipevine Swallowtail
The pipevine’s forewings can range from coal black to dark gray.
 
Zebra Swallowtail
Zebra swallowtails can be seen mostly among pawpaw trees.

Photo: White butterfly 
White and Sulphur Butterflies
The sulphur butterfly can be spotted by its bright yellow color.

Photo: Cabbage white butterfly 
Cabbage White
Cabbage whites can eat vast amounts of cabbages.

Clouded Sulphur
The male clouded sulphur is light yellow with a black border along the wing surface.
 
Cloudless Sulphur
A lemon-yellow color without any markings on its upper side distinguishes the cloudless sulphur.

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