Types of Butterflies in Tennessee

This US state is home to about 140 species of butterflies, among them, the eastern species is more prevalent, but southern and northern species also found. This southern US state has diverse geography like hills and valleys regions near the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east to the lowlands along the Mississippi River in the west that are suitable habitats for butterflies. Some common species are 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)

Astyanax‘ Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Diana (Speyeria diana)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Baltimore (Euphydryas phaeton)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)

Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

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)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)

Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)

West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

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)