Types of Butterflies in New York

New York hosts close to 120 species of butterflies that are vibrant and quite uncommon. Some species like the Red Admiral, Question Mark, American Lady, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak, Pearl Crescent, Cabbage White, Orange Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Silver-Spotted Skipper, and Common Sootywing are only spotted in the urban areas. The main butterfly hotspots in the state are the Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, Inwood Hill Park, Central Park, Jamaica Bay, Prospect Park/ Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Floyd Bennett Field, Tottenville, and Sailor’s Snug Harbor Park.

New York has designated Red Spotted Purple / White Admiral Butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) as its state butterfly.

Butterflies in New York (NY)

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus)
  • Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe)
  • Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
  • Hessel’s Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)
  • Early Hairstreak (Erora laeta)
  • White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
  • Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)
  • Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorus)
  • Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Olive (Juniper) Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
  • Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici)
  • Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)
  • Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
  • Bog Elfin (Callophrys lanoraieensis)
  • Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
  • Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • Northern Azure (Celastrina lucia)
  • Cherry Gall Azure (Celastrina serotina)
  • Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
  • Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
  • Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)
  • Florida White (Appias drusilla)
  • Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)
  • Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
  • Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
  • Western White (Pontia occidentalis)
  • West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)
  • Large White (Pieris brassicae)
  • Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
  • Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
  • Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
  • Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)
  • Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
  • Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
  • Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
  • Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
  • Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
  • Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • 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)