Types of Butterflies in Georgia

The southeastern U.S. state Georgia, with its wetlands, mountain meadows, longleaf pine forests, coastal dunes, and salt marshes, provides a wide range of habitat for several butterfly species. It is estimated that over 160 species are found in Georgia.

Among the different native species, the Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is the designated state butterfly since 1988, while the Eastern tailed-blue butterfly is one of the most common species in Georgia.

Butterflies in Georgia (GA)

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • Little Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
  • Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
  • Early Hairstreak (Erora laeta)
  • Southern Hairstreak (Fixsenra favonius)
  • Northern Hairstreak (Fivsenia favonius ontarzo)
  • Brown Elfin (Incisalia augustinus)
  • Henry’s Elfin (Incisalia henrici)
  • Frosted Elfin (Incisalia im)
  • Eastern Pine Elfin (Inczsalia niphon)
  • Olive Hairstreak (Mitoura mnea)
  • Hessel’s Hairstreak (Mitowi hesseh)
  • White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
  • Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorum)
  • Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwarhii)
  • King’s Hairstreak (Satyrium kzngi)
  • R Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Falcate Orange Tip (Anthocharis midea)
  • Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
  • Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae)
  • West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)
  • Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
  • Dog Face (Colias cesonia)
  • Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias euvytheme)
  • Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodrce)
  • Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)
  • Little Sulphur (Eurema lisa)
  • Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
  • Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
  • Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
  • Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
  • Statira Sulphur (Phoebis statira)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Cofaqui Giant-Skipper (Megathymus cofaqui)
  • Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Confusing Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)