Thanks for visiting Georgia butterflies. The presence of a mountain region in the north makes Georgia a more diverse butterfly state than some neighboring Gulf Coast states such as Mississippi and Louisiana.
Gratography members can easily contribute pictures. The top picture shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the state butterfly. Register today.
In addition to the mountains of the north, Georgia also has a coastal plain ecosystem and an interior piedmont ecosystem. The types of butterflies one sees is Georgia is therefore often a function of the ecosystem they visit.
Tourists will often see about twenty common butterflies that adapt easily to local gardens with native plants.
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 Yellow Angled-Sulphur. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
West Virginia White
Great Southern White
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Butterfly enthusiast might want to take note of the five different Azure species. Typically states have a spring and summer version.
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Many of the Brush Footed butterflies in Georgia are similar to the general East Coast population. A quick look down the list, starting with American Snouts, Monarch and Queens reminds us that butterfly gardens in Eastern North America tend to attract similar species. The picture shows an Eastern Comma, and as the name implies, it’s a very common East Coast butterfly species.
Georgia does add some spice to the Brush Footed list when you get to the Wood Nymphs and Satyrs at the bottom. A few of the species such as the Appalachian Brown, Gemmed Satyr, Georgia Satyr and Helicta Satyr would be great gets for the average butterfly enthusiast’s lie list.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Georgia Butterflies: Swallowtails
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Polydamas Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
Georgia has one metalmark, the Little Metalmark.