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Butterflies of California

Butterflies of California


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Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)

Parnassians (Subfamily Parnassiinae)
SpAct Pic Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius)
SpAct Pic Rocky Mountain Parnassian (Parnassius smintheus)
SpAct NoPic Sierra Nevada Parnassian (Parnassius behrii)
Swallowtails (Subfamily Papilioninae)
SpAct Pic Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
SpAct Pic Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)
SpAct Pic Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
SpAct Pic Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
SpAct Pic Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
SpAct Pic Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra)
SpAct Pic Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
SpAct Pic Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
SpAct Pic Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)
SpAct Pic Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)

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Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

Whites (Subfamily Pierinae)
SpAct Pic Pine White (Neophasia menapia)
SpAct Pic Becker's White (Pontia beckerii)
SpAct Pic Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii)
SpAct Pic Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
SpAct Pic Western White (Pontia occidentalis)
SpAct Pic Margined White (Pieris marginalis)
SpAct Pic Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
SpAct Pic Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides)
SpAct Pic Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta)
SpAct Pic California Marble (Euchloe hyantis)
SpAct Pic Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura)
SpAct Pic Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)
SpAct Pic Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella)
SpAct Pic Southwestern Orangetip (Anthocharis thoosa)
SpAct Pic Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata)
Sulphurs (Subfamily Coliadinae)
SpAct Pic Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
SpAct Pic Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
SpAct NoPic Western Sulphur (Colias occidentalis)
SpAct Pic Queen Alexandra's Sulphur (Colias alexandra)
SpAct Pic Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii)
SpAct Pic Sierra Sulphur (Colias behrii)
SpAct Pic California Dogface (Zerene eurydice)
SpAct Pic Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
SpAct Pic Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
SpAct Pic Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
SpAct Pic Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
SpAct Pic Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
SpAct Pic Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
SpAct Pic Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)
SpAct Pic Little Yellow (Eurema lisa)
SpAct Pic Mimosa Yellow (Eurema nise)
SpAct Pic Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
SpAct Pic Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

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Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

Coppers (Subfamily Lycaeninae)
SpAct Pic Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota)
SpAct Pic American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
SpAct Pic Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus)
SpAct Pic Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides)
SpAct Pic Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha)
SpAct Pic Gorgon Copper (Lycaena gorgon)
SpAct Pic Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus)
SpAct Pic Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
SpAct Pic Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)
SpAct Pic Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis)
SpAct Pic Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)
SpAct Pic Hermes Copper (Lycaena hermes)
Hairstreaks (Subfamily Theclinae)
SpAct Pic Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus)
SpAct Pic Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
SpAct Pic Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
SpAct Pic Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
SpAct Pic Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)
SpAct Pic Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum)
SpAct Pic California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)
SpAct Pic Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus)
SpAct Pic Gold-hunter's Hairstreak (Satyrium auretorum)
SpAct Pic Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)
SpAct Pic Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)
SpAct Pic Coastal Green Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum)
SpAct Pic Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis)
SpAct Pic Sheridan's Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridani)
SpAct NoPic Desert Green Hairstreak (Callophrys comstocki)
SpAct Pic Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
SpAct Pic Desert Elfin (Callophrys fotis)
SpAct Pic Moss' Elfin (Callophrys mossii)
SpAct Pic Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
SpAct Pic Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)
SpAct Pic Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum)
SpAct Pic Johnson's Hairstreak (Callophrys johnsoni)
SpAct Pic Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
SpAct Pic Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni)
SpAct Pic Muir's Hairstreak (Callophrys muiri)
SpAct Pic Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
SpAct Pic Avalon Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon avalona)
SpAct Pic Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
SpAct Pic Leda Ministreak (Ministrymon leda)
SpAct Pic Arizona Hairstreak (Erora quaderna)
Blues (Subfamily Polyommatinae)
SpAct Pic Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
SpAct Pic Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
SpAct Pic Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
SpAct Pic Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
SpAct Pic Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas)
SpAct Pic Western Tailed-Blue (Everes amyntula)
SpAct Pic Spring Azure (Celastrina "ladon")
SpAct Pic Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis)
SpAct Pic Western Square-dotted Blue (Euphilotes battoides)
SpAct Pic Bernardino Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes bernardino)
SpAct Pic Ellis' Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ellisi)
SpAct NoPic Bauer's Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes baueri)
SpAct NoPic Intermediate Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes intermedia)
SpAct Pic Pacific Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes enoptes)
SpAct Pic Mojave Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes mojave)
SpAct Pic Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ancilla)
SpAct Pic Pallid Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes pallescens)
SpAct Pic Small Dotted-Blue (Philotiella speciosa)
SpAct Pic Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus)
SpAct Pic Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
SpAct Pic Northern Blue (Lycaeides idas)
SpAct Pic Melissa Blue (Lycaeides melissa)
SpAct Pic Greenish Blue (Plebeius saepiolus)
SpAct Pic San Emigdio Blue (Plebeius emigdionis)
SpAct Pic Boisduval's Blue (Plebeius icarioides)
SpAct Pic Shasta Blue (Plebeius shasta)
SpAct Pic Acmon Blue (Plebeius acmon)
SpAct Pic Lupine Blue (Plebeius lupini)
SpAct NoPic Veined Blue (Plebeius neurona)
SpAct Pic Sierra Nevada Blue (Agriades podarce)
SpAct NoPic Cassiope Blue (Agriades cassiope)

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Metalmarks (Family Riodinidae)

SpAct Pic Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
SpAct Pic Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti)
SpAct Pic Ares Metalmark (Emesis ares)
SpAct Pic Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo)
SpAct Pic Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti)
SpAct Pic Sonoran Metalmark (Apodemia mejicanus)
SpAct Pic Palmer's Metalmark (Apodemia palmeri)

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Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

Snouts (Subfamily Libytheinae)
SpAct Pic American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Heliconians and Fritillaries (Subfamily Heliconiinae)
SpAct Pic Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
SpAct Pic Zebra (Heliconius charithonius)
SpAct Pic Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
SpAct Pic Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)
SpAct Pic Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
SpAct Pic Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis)
SpAct Pic Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)
SpAct Pic Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)
SpAct Pic Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe)
SpAct Pic Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis)
SpAct Pic Unsilvered Fritillary (Speyeria adiaste)
SpAct Pic Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)
SpAct Pic Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe)
SpAct Pic Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia)
SpAct Pic Pacific Fritillary (Boloria epithore)
True Brush-foots (Subfamily Nymphalinae)
SpAct Pic Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas minuta)
SpAct Pic Leanira Checkerspot (Thessalia leanira)
SpAct Pic California Patch (Chlosyne californica)
SpAct Pic Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
SpAct Pic Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)
SpAct Pic Rockslide Checkerspot (Chlosyne whitneyi)
SpAct Pic Sagebrush Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus)
SpAct Pic Gabb's Checkerspot (Chlosyne gabbii)
SpAct Pic Hoffmann's Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni)
SpAct Pic Tiny Checkerspot (Dymasia dymas)
SpAct Pic Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
SpAct Pic Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
SpAct Pic Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
SpAct Pic Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
SpAct Pic Field Crescent (Phyciodes pratensis)
SpAct Pic California Crescent (Phyciodes orseis)
SpAct Pic Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)
SpAct Pic Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
SpAct Pic Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)
SpAct Pic Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)
SpAct Pic Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
SpAct Pic Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)
SpAct Pic Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
SpAct Pic Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)
SpAct Pic California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
SpAct Pic Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
SpAct Pic Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti)
SpAct Pic American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
SpAct Pic Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
SpAct Pic West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)
SpAct Pic Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
SpAct Pic Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Admirals and Relatives (Subfamily Limenitidinae)
SpAct Pic Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
SpAct Pic Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)
SpAct Pic Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)
SpAct Pic California Sister (Adelpha bredowii)
SpAct NoPic Blackened Bluewing (Myscelia cyananthe)
Emperors (Subfamily Apaturinae)
SpAct Pic Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Satyrs (Subfamily Satyrinae)
SpAct Pic Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia)
SpAct Pic Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
SpAct Pic Mead's Wood Nymph (Cercyonis meadii)
SpAct Pic Great Basin Wood Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele)
SpAct Pic Small Wood Nymph (Cercyonis oetus)
SpAct Pic Ridings' Satyr (Neominois ridingsii)
SpAct NoPic Great Arctic (Oeneis nevadensis)
SpAct Pic Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus)
Monarchs (Subfamily Danainae)
SpAct Pic Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
SpAct Pic Queen (Danaus gilippus)

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Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Spread-wing Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae)
SpAct Pic Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
SpAct Pic Broken Silverdrop (Epargyreus exadeus)
SpAct Pic Hammock Skipper (Polygonus leo)
SpAct Pic Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
SpAct Pic Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)
SpAct Pic Plain Longtail (Urbanus simplicius)
SpAct Pic Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
SpAct Pic Western Cloudywing (Thorybes diversus)
SpAct Pic Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana)
SpAct Pic Golden-headed Scallopwing (Staphylus ceos)
SpAct Pic Arizona Powdered Skipper (Systasea zampa)
SpAct Pic Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
SpAct Pic Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
SpAct Pic Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)
SpAct Pic Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)
SpAct Pic Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius)
SpAct Pic Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
SpAct Pic Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)
SpAct Pic Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
SpAct Pic Two-banded Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis)
SpAct Pic Small Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus scriptura)
SpAct Pic Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
SpAct Pic White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
SpAct Pic Erichson's White-Skipper (Heliopetes domicella)
SpAct Pic Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)
SpAct Pic Common Streaky-Skipper (Celotes nessus)
SpAct Pic Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
SpAct Pic Mohave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya)
SpAct Pic Saltbush Sootywing (Hesperopsis alpheus)
SpAct Pic MacNeill's Sootywing (Hesperopsis gracielae)
Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae)
SpAct Pic Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
SpAct Pic Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
SpAct Pic Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiacia)
SpAct Pic Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
SpAct NoPic Alkali Skipper (Pseudocopaeodes eunus)
SpAct Pic Uncas Skipper (Hesperia uncas)
SpAct Pic Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)
SpAct Pic Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado)
SpAct Pic Pahaska Skipper (Hesperia pahaska)
SpAct Pic Columbian Skipper (Hesperia columbia)
SpAct Pic Lindsey's Skipper (Hesperia lindseyi)
SpAct Pic Sierra Skipper (Hesperia miriamae)
SpAct Pic Nevada Skipper (Hesperia nevada)
SpAct Pic Carus Skipper (Polites carus)
SpAct Pic Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti)
SpAct Pic Mardon Skipper (Polites mardon)
SpAct Pic Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
SpAct Pic Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora)
SpAct Pic Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
SpAct Pic Rural Skipper (Ochlodes agricola)
SpAct Pic Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)
SpAct Pic Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes yuma)
SpAct Pic Umber Skipper (Poanes melane)
SpAct Pic Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)
SpAct Pic Common Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)
SpAct Pic Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
SpAct Pic Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
SpAct Pic Wandering Skipper (Panoquina errans)
SpAct Pic Violet-banded Skipper (Nyctelius nyctelius)
Giant-Skippers (Subfamily Megathyminae)
SpAct Pic Arizona Giant-Skipper (Agathymus aryxna)
SpAct NoPic Gentry's Giant-Skipper (Agathymus gentryi)
SpAct Pic California Giant-Skipper (Agathymus stephensi)
SpAct NoPic Mojave Giant-Skipper (Agathymus alliae)
SpAct Pic Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)

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