Types of Butterflies in Illinois

About 100 different species of butterflies are spotted in the state of Illinois where most are found in the surroundings of rivers and lakes. With the Shawnee National Forest and the Ohio River in the south, Mississippi river in the west and Lake Michigan in the north, Illinois provides a wide variety of butterflies with a spectacular natural habitat.

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has been designated the state butterfly of Illinois since 1975.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciatus)