Types of Butterflies in Washington

The state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States is home to about 150 species of butterflies due to its diverse geography. Among the numerous butterfly species, about 20 are found in the Cascade Mountain region, while the others are spotted in the lowlands and basins near Columbia River, lakes, national forests, and coastal beaches.

This state has not yet designated any species as a state butterfly.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • California Sister ( Adelpha bredowii )
  • Lorquin’s Admiral ( Limenitis lorquini )
  • Red-spotted Purple ( Limenitis arthemis )
  • Viceroy ( Limenitis archippus )
  • White Admiral ( Limenitis arthemis arthemis )
  • Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)
  • Astarte Fritillary (Boloria astarte)
  • Freija Fritillary ( Boloria freija)
  • Pacific Fritillary (Boloria epithore)
  • Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)
  • Meadow Fritillary ( Boloria bellona )
  • Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)
  • Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe)
  • Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)
  • Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis)
  • Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
  • Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe)
  • Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia)
  • Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)
  • Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)
  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
  • Queen (Danaus gilippus)
  • American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
  • Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)
  • Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
  • Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
  • Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
  • Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)
  • Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)
  • Hoffmann’s Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni)
  • Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus)
  • Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)
  • Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
  • Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida)
  • Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus)
  • Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
  • Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)
  • Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cuprea)
  • Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus)
  • Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)
  • Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
  • Edith’s Copper (Lycaena editha)
  • Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis)
  • Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)
  • Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)
  • Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis)
  • Nelson’s Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni)
  • Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
  • Coastal Green Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum)
  • Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum)
  • Barry’s Hairstreak (Callophrys rosneri)
  • Johnson’s Hairstreak (Callophrys johnsoni)
  • Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinum)
  • Behr’s Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)
  • Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum)
  • Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium semiluna)
  • Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus)
  • Columbian Blue (Euphilotes columbiae)
  • Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
  • Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
  • Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)
  • Moss’ Elfin (Callophrys mossii)
  • Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
  • Western Tailed-Blue (Cupido amyntula)
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • Northern Azure (Celastrina lucia)
  • Echo Azure (Celastrina echo)
  • Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus)
  • Western Square-dotted Blue (Euphilotes battoides)
  • Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes ancilla)
  • Pacific Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes enoptes)
  • Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
  • Reakirt’s Blue (Echinargus isola)
  • Greenish Blue (Icaricia saepiolus)
  • Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon)
  • Boisduval’s Blue (Aricia icarioides)
  • Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
  • Northern Blue (Plebejus idas)
  • Anna’s Blue (Plebejus anna)
  • Arctic Blue (Agriades glandon)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella)
  • Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)
  • Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides)
  • Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta)
  • Pine White (Neophasia menapia)
  • Margined White (Pieris marginalis)
  • Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
  • Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
  • Becker’s White (Pontia beckerii)
  • 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)
  • Labrador Sulphur (Colias nastes)
  • Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)
  • Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

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