Identify Butterflies

On this page we'll help you identify butterflies you may see in your garden or in the field by their shape, wingspan, opened and closed wing color, common name and family name.


 

Butterfly Common Names:

Butterfly shapes you may see:

Swallowtails Milkweed Longwings Fritillaries whites & sulphurs
Swallowtails Milkweed Butterflies Longwings Fritillaries Whites
& Sulphurs

Predominant opened wing colors of butterflies:

Black Blue Brown Copper Green Grey Orange Purple Red White yellow
Black Blue Brown Copper Green Grey Orange Purple Red White Yellow

Predominant closed wing colors of butterflies:

Black Blue Brown Copper Green Grey Orange Purple Red White yellow
Black Blue Brown Copper Green Grey Orange Purple Red White Yellow

Identify butterflies by their wingspan:

Forewing tip to forewing tipSmall - 3/4" - 1 3/4"

Medium - 1 3/4" - 3 3/4"

Large - 3 3/4" - 6 1/2"

Butterfly families:

Brush-footed
Butterflies
Gossamer
Wings
Skippers Swallowtails
& Parnassians
Whites
& Sulphurs

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