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This small Atlantic Coast state ranks on the lower end of state butterfly diversity with 70 species of butterflies and 50 of skippers. The top picture shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the official state butterfly.
Butterfly identification usually begins with color. So, the butterfly section is split into nine different categories based on wing color and/or the butterfly family to help all visitors and members easily categorize and document their butterfly pictures. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Pieridae is the formal name of the family that consists of the butterflies with white wings and yellow wings. The picture shows a Barred Yellow butterfly. The Southen Dogface and only makes occasional stray visits to the state. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
All of Delaware’s Gossamer wing butterflies can be found almost regularly throughout the state. The picture shows a Gray Hairtreak, one of the most common species from coast to coast.
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
A few of the Brush Footed butterflies such as the Gulf Fritillary only make an occasional stray appearance in the state. Otherwise, the list presents a very healthy and diverse population of butterflies that most residents and visitors will see at local parks and gardens.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Of the six swallowtail species, the Palamedes and Giant Swallowtails appear in Delaware as strays. The picture shows a Palamedes.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail