Butterflies in Uruguay

Uruguay is home to several butterflies like the Polydamas Swallowtail, the Aega Morpho, and the Broad-banded Swallowtail.

Butterflies in Uruguay

Butterflies in Uruguay

List of Different Butterfly Species of Uruguay

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • Aega Morpho (Morpho aega)
  • Banded Longwing (Dryadula phaetusa)
  • Brazilian Painted Lady (Vanessa braziliensis)
  • Claudina Crescent (Tegosa claudina)
  • Gray Cracker (Hamadryas februa)
  • Ithra Crescent Butterfly (Ortilia ithra)
  • Juno (Dione juno)
  • Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
  • Red Cracker (Hamadryas amphinome)
  • Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)
  • Syma Sister (Adelpha syma)
  • Tropical Buckeye (Junonia evarete)
  • Turquoise Emperor (Doxocopa laurentia)
  • Vivid Painted Lady (Vanessa myrinna)
  • White-spotted Prepona (Archaeoprepona amphimachus)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Gold-bordered Hairstreak (Rekoa palegon)
  • Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
  • Lantana Scrub-hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Apricot Sulphur (Phoebis argante)
  • Tailed Sulphur (Phoebis neocypris)

Metalmark (Riodinidae)

  • Calephelis braziliensis
  • Chalodeta theodora
  • Euselasia hygenius occulta
  • Stichelia bochorissuavis

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) 

  • Agavus Cattleheart (Parides agavus)
  • Broad-banded Swallowtail (Heraclides astyalus)
  • Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Broad Banded-skipper (Autochton neis)
  • Falcate Skipper (Spathilepia clonius)
  • Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
  • Glassy-winged Skipper (Xenophanes tryxus)
  • Mys Skipper (Zariaspes mys)
  • Plain Longtail (Urbanus simplicius)
  • Sharp Banded-skipper (Autochton zarex)
  • Teleus Longtail (Urbanus teleus)
  • Variegated Skipper (Gorgythion begga)
  • Veined White Skipper (Heliopetes arsalte)

While there aren’t any designated locations to go butterfly watching in Uruguay, they can often be spotted in local parks and gardens.