Types of Butterflies in Indiana

The midwestern state of Indiana, with its geographical diversity, is home to about 150 different species of butterflies. The northeastern lakes and bogs, the central plains, the southeastern lowlands, the south-central hills, the Ohio-Wabash river lowlands, part of the prairie grassland, the Kankakee area, and the areas near Lake Michigan provide a natural habitat for a wide variety of butterflies.

Indiana does not have a state butterfly, but its designated state insect is Say’s firefly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • American copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Bog copper (Lycaena epixanthe)
  • Bronze copper (Lycaena hyllus)
  • Dorcas copper (Lycaena dorcas)
  • Purplish copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Coral hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Acadian hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)
  • Edward’s hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Hickory hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorum)
  • Striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Northern oak hairstreak (Satyrium favonius Ontario)
  • Frosted elfin (Callophrys irus)
  • Henry’s elfin (Callophrys henrici)
  • Eastern pine elfin (Callophrys niphon)
  • “Olive” juniper hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus gryneus)
  • White M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
  • Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
  • Eastern tailed-blue (Everes comyntas)
  • Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Summer azure (Celastrina neglecta)
  • Appalachian azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
  • Dusky azure (Celastrina nigra)
  • Silvery blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis)
  • Swamp Metalmark (Calephelis muticum)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)