Types of Butterflies in Minnesota

There are about 146 species of butterflies in Minnesota and most of these are spotted flying across the prairie regions, as well as the lowlands near the rivers Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix, and the national forests that occupy the northern part of the state.

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has been declared as the state butterfly of this midwestern U.S. state.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

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