Types of Butterflies in New Hampshire

This northern US state has comparatively less variety of butterfly species, with about 125 species have been spotted here. White Mountain National Forest, part of the Appalachian Trail, valleys,  streams, and lakes are the most popular butterfly habitats. Butterflies survive on nectar from plants like Coneflower, bee balm, butterfly weed, red valerian, heliotrope, nasturtium, and butterfly bush. This state has designated Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa) as the state butterfly since 1992.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

‘Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)

Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)

Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Baltimore (Euphydryas phaeton)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)

Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

Harris’ Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii)

Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii)

Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus)

Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe)

Olive (Juniper) Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)

Hessel’s Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)

Early Hairstreak (Erora laeta)

White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)

Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)

Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)

Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici)

Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)

Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)

Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus)

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)

Bog Elfin (Callophrys lanoraieensis)

Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

Northern Azure (Celastrina lucia)

Cherry Gall Azure (Celastrina serotina)

Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)

Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)

Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)

Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)

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)