Types of Butterflies in Arkansas

The geological diversity of Arkansas, including the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, the Arkansas River Valley, Mississippi River Lowlands, and part of the Gulf Coastal Plain, has made this region an ideal habitat for butterflies. About 170 types of butterflies are found in this southern US state, out of which 62 are ‘true’ butterflies, and 22 are skippers.

Diana fritillary butterfly (Speyeria diana) is the state butterfly of Arkansas.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
  • Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
  • Mexican Yellow (Eurema Mexicana)
  • Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
  • Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
  • Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
  • Dainty Sulphur/Dwarf Yellow (Nathalis iole)
  • Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
  • Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
  • Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)
  • Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)
  • Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
  • Little Yellow (Eurema lisa)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Swamp Metalmark (Calephelis muticum)
  • Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Desert Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus philetas)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Confusing Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
  • White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
  • Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)
  • Outis Skipper (Cogia outis)
  • Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)