Types of Butterflies in Oregon

This north-western coastal US state is home to approximately 150 species of butterfly. The places in Oregon where you can frequently observe most of these species include the marine terrace and coastal headland salt-spray meadows (e.g., Cascade Head, Bray Point Rock Creek-Big Creek and portions of Del Norte sites), dunes situated at Long Beach Peninsula, Clatsop Plains, and the remainder of Del Norte.

The state has designated Oregon Swallowtails (Papilio oregonius) as the state butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • California Sister (Adelpha bredowii)
  • Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)
  • Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
  • Weidemeyer’s Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)
  • Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe)
  • Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)
  • Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis)
  • Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
  • Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe)
  • Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)
  • Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia)
  • Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)
  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
  • Queen (Danaus gilippus)
  • American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
  • California Crescent (Phyciodes orseis)
  • California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
  • Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
  • Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)
  • Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)
  • European Peacock (Inachis io)
  • Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus)
  • Gillette’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas gillettii)
  • Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
  • Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
  • Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)
  • Hoffmann’s Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni)
  • Leanira Checkerspot (Thessalia leanira)
  • Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)
  • Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
  • Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)
  • Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)
  • Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus)
  • Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)
  • Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
  • West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus)
  • Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota)
  • Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cuprea)
  • Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides)
  • Edith’s Copper (Lycaena editha)
  • Gorgon Copper (Lycaena gorgon)
  • Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
  • Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis)
  • Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)
  • Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum)
  • Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus)
  • Olive (Juniper) Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
  • Moss’ Elfin (Callophrys mossii)
  • Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)
  • Johnson’s Hairstreak (Callophrys johnsoni)
  • Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis)
  • Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)
  • Nelson’s Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni)
  • California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)
  • Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinum)
  • Gold-hunter’s Hairstreak (Satyrium auretorum)
  • Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)
  • Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)
  • Behr’s Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)
  • Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum)
  • Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium semiluna)
  • Columbian Blue (Euphilotes columbiae)
  • Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
  • Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Echo Azure (Celastrina echo)
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
  • Western Tailed-Blue (Cupido amyntula)
  • Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus)
  • Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Pumice Dotted-Blue (Philotiella leona)
  • Western Square-dotted Blue (Euphilotes battoides)
  • Intermediate Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes intermedia)
  • Pacific Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes enoptes)
  • Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ancilla)
  • Northern Blue (Plebejus idas)
  • Anna’s Blue (Plebejus anna)
  • Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
  • Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
  • Greenish Blue (Icaricia saepiolus)
  • Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta)
  • Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon)
  • Boisduval’s Blue (Aricia icarioides)
  • Sierra Nevada Blue (Polyommatus golgus)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)
  • Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella)
  • Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata)
  • Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides)
  • Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta)
  • California Marble (Euchloe hyantis)
  • Pine White (Neophasia menapia)
  • Margined White (Pieris marginalis)
  • Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
  • Becker’s White (Pontia beckerii)
  • Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
  • Western White (Pontia occidentalis)
  • Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii)
  • Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
  • Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
  • Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
  • Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)
  • Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur (Colias alexandra)
  • Western Sulphur (Colias occidentalis)
  • Pelidne Sulphur (Colias pelidne)
  • Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana)
  • Mohave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)
  • Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Two-banded Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis)
  • Western Cloudywing (Erynnis telemachus)