Types of Butterflies in Colorado

Colorado is home to about 80 species of butterflies. These are some of the most common species here: black swallowtail, two-tailed swallowtail, western swallowtail, monarch, mourning cloak, variegated fritillary, Weidemeyer’s admiral, painted lady and checkered skipper. Colorado hairstreak butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus) is the state butterfly of Colorado, designated in 1996.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Weidemeyer’s Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)

Astyanax‘ Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe)

Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia)

Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis)

Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)

Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)

Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)

Relict Fritillary (Boloria kriemhild)

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas julia)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)

Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Graphic Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)

Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

Painted Crescent (Phyciodes picta)

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus)

Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)

Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)

Gillette’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas gillettii)

Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)

Fulvia Checkerspot (Thessalia fulvia)

Leanira Checkerspot (Thessalia leanira)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)

Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas minuta)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Gray Copper (Lycaena dione)

Edith’s Copper (Lycaena editha)

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)

Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreous)

Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus siva)

Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum)

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

Moss’ Elfin (Callophrys mossii)

Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)

Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)

Behr’s Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Pine White (Neophasia menapia)

Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Large Marble(Euchloe ausonides)

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur (Colias alexandra)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Mead’s Sulphur (Colias meadii)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Metalmark Butterflies (Riodinidae)

Nais Metalmark (Apodemia nais)

Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra)

Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Thoas Swallowtail (Papilio thoas)

Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius)

Rocky Mountain Parnassian (Parnassius smintheus)

Skippers (Hesperiidae)

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)

Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicanus)

Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)

Rocky Mountain Duskywing (Erynnis telemachus)

Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)

Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius)

Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)

Russet Skipperling (Piruna pirus)

Garita Skipperling (Oarisma garita)

Least Skipper (Ancyloxyphia numitor)

“Leonard’s” Pawnee Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)

Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)

Pahaska Skipper (Hesperia pahaska)

Green Skipper (Hesperia viridis)

Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Draco Skipper (Polites draco)

Tawny-Edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)

Long Dash (Polites mystic)