Types of Butterflies in Ohio

Among the approximate 150 species of butterflies found in Ohio, the most popular is the Common Buckeye butterfly. Ohio has several butterfly hotspots like the confluence of Midwestern prairies, the Appalachian Mountains, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the basins and lowlands near Lake Erie, and the boreal forests.

Ohio has not designated any species as the state butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

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

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

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

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Confusing Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
  • Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
  • 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)