Types of Butterflies in Tennessee

Among the 140 species of butterflies in Tennessee, the eastern species is more prevalent than the southern and northern species. This southern US state has a diverse geography, ranging from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east to the lowlands along the Mississippi River in the west providing suitable habitats for butterflies. Some of the common species found in Tennessee include the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, and some less spotted species are the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot.

Tennessee has recognized the Zebra Swallowtail (Protographium marcellus) as the state butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

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

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Cofaqui Giant-Skipper (Megathymus cofaqui)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Confusing Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis)
  • Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
  • 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)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco)