Arkansas Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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picture of a southern dogface butterfly, part of the Arkansas butterflies section

Gratography members can easily contribute to our Arkansas butterflies section by registering today. This introduction helps get the ball rolling.

Butterfly identification often starts with wing color. Therefore, this part of the Arkansas Green Travel Photography guide has buttons with multiple categories listed under the introduction. All members and visitors looking for addition butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.

Butterflies: Whites and Yellows

Arkansas butterflies define much of the beauty of the state. The climate means that they fly for at least nine of the twelve months of the year. That’s especially true for the whites and yellows.

Like other states in the Southeast United States, Arkansas counts a bountiful bakers dozen yellow butterflies. The picture at the top of the page shows a Southern Dogface. It’s also typical for Southern states to host more of the yellow butterfly species than the white butterfly species.

Falcate Orangetip
Olympia Marble
Florida White
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Great Southern White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Orange-barred Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Barred Yellow
Mexican Yellow
Tailed Orange
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers

picture of a Striped Hairstreak, part of the Arkansas butterflies section
Arkansas butterflies in the gossamer-wing category unevenly divide into three groups, the blues, hairstreaks and coppers. Like many states in the eastern part of the country, only a couple of Copper butterflies are found. Blues and hairstreaks account for most of the diversity, with hairstreak butterflies, the species with the air looking appendages at the bottom of the wings, leading the list with most species. The picture shows a Striped Hairstreak.
Western Pygmy-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure
Dusky Azure
Appalachian Azure
Silvery Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Reakirt’s Blue
Great Purple Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak
C’Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Frosted Elfin
Henry’s Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
Oak Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Edwards’ Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
King’s Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Red-banded Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Clytie Ministreak
White-M Hairstreak
American Copper
Bronze Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies

picture of a Northern Pearly Eye butterfly, part of the Arkansas butterflies collection
In 2007 Arkansas adopted the Diana Fritillary, a large and colorful Brush Footed butterfly as its official butterfly. It’s one of over three dozen members of the Brush Footed butterfly family that fly the fields and forests of the state.

Like many of the Southern states, Arkansas also has a nice collection of Satyrs and Wood Nymphs. The picture shows a Northern Pearly-eye, one of the Wood Nymphs. The common name wood nymph suggests they inhabit wooded areas. It’s more accurate to say they inhabit grassland and fields in and around wooded areas.

Most tourists always have the opportunity to see over a dozen of the large and showy Brush Footed species because many inhabit gardens around the hotels as well as residential areas around the state.

Brush footed
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Julia Heliconian
Zebra Heliconian
Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Regal Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral
Red-spotted Purple
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot
Bordered Patch
Brush footed
Phaon Crescent
Phyciodes tharos Pearl Crescent
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Gray Comma
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Southern Pearly-eye
Northern Pearly-eye
Creole Pearly-eye
Gemmed Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Hermes Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph

Butterflies: Swallowtails

picture of a Giant Swallowtail
A warmer climate also means Arkansas shares many of the Swallowtail butterfly species with other Southern states. The picture shows a Giant Swallowtail.

Visitors and tourists will also see many swallowtail species in the gardens surrounding their hotels.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Polydamas Swallowtail
  • Zebra Swallowtail
  • Ozark Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail

Arkansas Butterflies: Metalmarks

picture of a Swamp Metalmark
Two Matalmark species can be found in Arkansas. The picture shows the Swamp Metalmark.
  • Northern Metalmark
  • Swamp Metalmark