Types of Butterflies in Connecticut

Connecticut, a small state off the Atlantic Coast, has a relatively less variety of butterflies than most of the other American states. It is reported that there were 120 butterfly species in the past. Of these, 114 species still occur in the state and are listed below.

This state has not recognized any butterfly species as its state-butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

White and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • Hessel’s Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)
  • Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)