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.
Great Southern White
Large Orange Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
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.
Great Purple Hairstreak
C’Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
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.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral
Phyciodes tharos Pearl Crescent
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
Two Matalmark species can be found in Arkansas. The picture shows the Swamp Metalmark.
- Northern Metalmark
- Swamp Metalmark