Types of Butterflies in Utah

In Utah, the Great Basin extending to the Rocky Mountains, along with the Salt Lake and Utah Valley, the Canyon Country, and the northern section of the Colorado plateau provide excellent habitats to a number of butterfly species. The eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains attract many of the eastern butterflies, while the western slopes and valleys support different species.

This US state has not designated any species as the state butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • ‘Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
  • California Sister (Adelpha bredowii)
  • Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)
  • Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)
  • Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
  • Weidemeyer’s Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)
  • Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)
  • Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
  • Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
  • Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)
  • Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe)
  • Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)
  • Edwards’ Fritillary (Speyeria edwardsii)
  • Freija Fritillary (Boloria freija)
  • Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis)
  • Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
  • Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
  • Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe)
  • Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia)
  • Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis)
  • Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)
  • Relict Fritillary (Boloria kriemhild)
  • Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)
  • Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
  • Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)
  • American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
  • American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
  • Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
  • California Patch (Chlosyne californica)
  • California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
  • Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
  • Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)
  • Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas minuta)
  • Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)
  • Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus)
  • Fulvia Checkerspot (Thessalia fulvia)
  • Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)
  • Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
  • Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
  • Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)
  • 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 Crescent (Phyciodes picta)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida)
  • Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Rockslide Checkerspot (Chlosyne whitneyi)
  • Tropical Buckeye (Junonia genoveva)
  • Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
  • West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)
  • White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
  • Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
  • Western Tailed-Blue (Cupido amyntula)
  • Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Northern Azure (Celastrina lucia)
  • Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
  • Echo Azure (Celastrina echo)
  • Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus)
  • Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Small Dotted-Blue (Philotiella speciosa)
  • Western Square-dotted Blue (Euphilotes battoides)
  • Bernardino Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes bernardino)
  • Ellis’ Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ellisi)
  • Bauer’s Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes baueri)
  • Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ancilla)
  • Mojave Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes mojave)
  • Rita Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes rita)
  • Pallid Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes pallescens)
  • Spalding’s Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes spalditigi)
  • Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
  • Reakirt’s Blue (Echinargus isola)
  • Northern Blue (Plebejus idas)
  • Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
  • Greenish Blue (Icaricia saepiolus)
  • Boisduval’s Blue (Icaricia icarioides)
  • Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta)
  • Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
  • Arctic Blue (Agriades glandon)
  • Stanfords’ Blue (Euphilotes stanfordorum)
  • Colorado Hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus)
  • Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
  • Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis)
  • Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)
  • Desert Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)
  • Olive (Juniper) Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Desert Elfin (Callophrys fotis)
  • Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
  • Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)
  • Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinum)
  • Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)
  • Behr’s Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)
  • Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum)
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Leda Ministreak (Ministrymon leda)
  • Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota)
  • American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cuprea)
  • Edith’s Copper (Lycaena editha)
  • Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus)
  • Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus)
  • Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
  • Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura)
  • Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella)
  • Southwestern Orangetip (Anthocharis sara thoosa)
  • Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides)
  • Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta)
  • 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)
  • Western Sulphur (Colias occidentalis)
  • Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur (Colias alexandra)
  • Mead’s Sulphur (Colias meadii)
  • Scudder’s Sulphur (Colias scudderi)
  • Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
  • White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)
  • Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
  • Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)
  • Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
  • Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
  • Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
  • Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo)
  • Palmer’s Metalmark (Apodemia palmeri)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)