Georgia Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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picture of the dark version of the female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the official state butterfly of Georgia and part of the Georgia butterflies collection

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


picture of a Yellow Angled Sulphur butterfly
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.
Whites
Falcate Orangetip
West Virginia White
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Great Southern White
Yellows
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Yellow Angled-Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur
Orange-barred Sulphur
Statira Sulphur
Barred Yellow
Mexican Yellow
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers


picture of a spring azure
Butterfly enthusiast might want to take note of the five different Azure species. Typically states have a spring and summer version.
Blues
Cassius Blue
Marine Blue
Eastern Pygmy-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure
Dusky Azure
Appalachian Azure
Holly Azure
Silvery Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Hairstreaks
Great Purple Hairstreak
Hessel’s Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak
Brown Elfin
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
White-M Hairstreak
Early Hairstreak
Coppers
Harvester
American Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies


picture of an Eastern Comma butterfly
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.

Brush footed
American Snout
Monarch
Queen
Gulf Fritillary
Zebra Heliconian
Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Viceroy
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot
Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Mimic Crescent
Tawny Crescent
Texan Crescent
Brush footed
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
White Peacock
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Green Comma
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Southern Pearly-eye
Northern Pearly-eye
Creole Pearly-eye
Appalachian Brown
Gemmed Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Helicta Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Viola’s Wood-Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph

Georgia Butterflies: Swallowtails


picture of a Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Polydamas Swallowtail
  • Zebra Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail

Butterflies: Metalmarks


Georgia has one metalmark, the Little Metalmark.