Types of Butterflies in Michigan

This Midwestern U.S. state, due to its geographical diversities, is home to a wide variety of butterfly species. The state is located in the Great Lakes and almost entirely covered with a number of national forests that provide an ideal habitat for butterflies. About 157 butterfly species are reportedly spotted here.

Till now, no butterfly species have been declared as the state butterfly of Michigan.

Butterflies in Michigan (MI)

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • American copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Dorcas copper (Lycaena dorcas)
  • Purplish copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Bog copper (Lycaena epixanthe)
  • Bronze copper (Lycaena hyllus)
  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • White M hairstreak(Parrhasius m-album)
  • Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Hickory hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorus)
  • Edward’s hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Northern oak hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario)
  • Acadian hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)
  • Coral hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Brown elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Henry’s elfin (Callophrys henrici)
  • Frosted elfin (Callophrys irus)
  • Hoary elfin (Callophrys polios)
  • Eastern pine elfin (Callophrys niphon)
  • Western pine elfin (Callophrys eryphon)
  • Early hairstreak (Erora laeta)
  • Eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • Silvery blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Summer azure (Celastrina neglecta)
  • Greenish blue (Icaricia saepiolus)
  • Melissa blue (Plebejus Melissa)
  • Karner blue (Plebejus melissa samuelis)
  • Anna’s blue (Plebejus anna)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Cabbage white (Pieris rapae)
  • Mustard white (Pieris oleracea)
  • West Virginia white (Pieris virginiensis)
  • Checkered white (Pontia protodice)
  • Western White (Pontia occidentalis)
  • Olympia marble (Euchloe olympia)
  • Creamy Marblewhite (Euchloe ausonides)
  • Clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)
  • Orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
  • Pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior)
  • Little yellow (Eurema lisa)
  • Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
  • Mexican Sulphur (Eurema mexicanum)
  • Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
  • Dog Face (Zerene cesonia)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Arctic skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
  • European skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
  • Least skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
  • Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)
  • Common branded skipper (Hesperia comma)
  • Cobweb skipper (Hesperia metea)
  • Leonard’s skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
  • Indian skipper (Hesperia sassacus)
  • Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe)
  • Long dash (Polites mystic)
  • Peck’s skipper (Polites peckius)
  • Tawny-edged skipper (Polites themistocles)
  • Crossline skipper (Polites origenes)
  • Black dash (Euphyes conspicua)
  • Northern broken-dash (Wallengrenia egeremet)
  • Little glassywing (Pompeius verna)
  • Dun skipper (Euphyes vestris)
  • Hobomok skipper (Poanes hobomok)
  • Zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon)
  • Mulberry wing (Poanes massasoit)
  • Broad-winged skipper (Poanes viator)
  • Two-spotted skipper (Euphyes bimacula)
  • Dion skipper (Euphyes dion)
  • Duke’s skipper (Euphyes dukesi)
  • Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan)
  • Dusted skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna)
  • Common roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)
  • Pepper-and-salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon)