Thanks for visiting Idaho butterflies. This Pacific Northwest state hosts close to one hundred and seventy five butterfly species, putting it in the above average category for state butterfly diversity.
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The list of Idaho butterflies is split according to families. It also includes pictures of some representative species. The top picture, for example, shows the Monarch butterfly, the official state butterfly.
Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Habitat diversity and a geographical position near the Rocky mountains makes Idaho a nice area for Pieridae species. Like some other Northwestern and Western states, there’s a balance between the whites and yellows. The picture shows a colorful Orangetip species.
Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
There’s always something happening with the Gossamar Wing butterflies in Idaho. The list indicates that visitors can go almost anywhere in the state and snap a new picture of blues, hairstreaks and coppers. The picture shows a Male Purplish Copper butterfly.
Western Square-dotted Blue
Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue
Western Green Hairstreak
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
Western Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Fritillaries, checkerspots and wood nymphs dominate the Idaho brush footed butterfly category. Checkerspots can often be found in residential areas throughout the state. Most fritillary species are partial to the mountain areas. The picture shows a Pacific Fritillary.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Basin Fritillary
West Coast Lady
Great Basin Wood-Nymph
The majority of Idaho swallowtail butterflies have yellow wings, making identification a bit of a challenge. Subtle differences, for example, differentiate the Eastern, Western and Canadian Tiger Swallowtails.
The picture shows an Anise swallowtail.
- Clodius Parnassian
- Rocky Mountain Parnassian
- Old World Swallowtail
- Anise Swallowtail
- Indra Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Western Tiger Swallowtail
- Pale Swallowtail
- Two-tailed Swallowtail
The Mormon Metalmark is the state’s sole metalmark species.
The Idaho butterfly section divides 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.