Types of Butterflies in Wisconsin

About 130 butterfly species, comprising all the six butterfly families, are spotted fluttering over Wisconsin. The most common species in Wisconsin are the Monarch, Mourning Cloaks, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, Coral Hairstreak, and Dreamy Duskywing. They usually feed on black and pin cherry, wild plum, aspen and poplar leaves, black locust, and shrubby willows.

The state has not designated any species as its state butterfly, although the honeybee is regarded as the state insect.

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

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  • Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo)
  • Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
  • Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)
  • Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
  • Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)