Types of Butterflies in Vermont

The north-eastern US state is home to about 103 species of butterfly, of which half are spotted in 8 biophysical regions. Some migratory species include the Vanessa butterflies, American Lady, Painted Lady, and Red Admiral. These species fly towards the north during the breeding season and return to the south for the winter.

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the official state butterfly of Vermont.

Butterflies in Vermont (VT)

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici)
  • Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)
  • Olive (Juniper) Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Bog Elfin (Callophrys lanoraieensis)
  • Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
  • Nothern Azure (Celastrina lucia)
  • Cherry Gall Azure (Celastrina serotina)
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe)
  • Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
  • White “M” Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
  • Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorus)
  • Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)
  • Southern (Oak) Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius)
  • Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
  • Early Hairstreak (Erora laeta)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)