Types of Butterflies in Arkansas

The geographical diversity of Arkansas, includes the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, the Arkansas River Valley, part of the Gulf Coastal Plain, and Mississippi River Lowlands, has made this region an ideal habitat for butterflies. Nearly 170 kinds of butterflies found in this southern US state. About 62 species of ‘true’ butterflies and 22 species of skippers, and their caterpillars spotted here. Diana fritillary butterfly (Speyeria diana) is the state butterfly of Arkansas.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Astyanax‘ Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Diana (Speyeria diana)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas julia)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)

Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Baltimore (Euphydryas phaeton)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Edward’s Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)

Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

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)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Ozark Swallowtail (Papilio joanae)

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

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)