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The top picture shows a Viceroy Butterfly the state’s official butterfly.
The state’s approximately one hundred and sixty butterfly species are well known and documented by county. About fifteen percent of the population has only a handful of sightings associated with them.
This presentation provides a list of the butterflies arranged according to family. It includes pictures of some representative species. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Butterflies with white wings and yellow wings belong to the same family and Kentucky butterflies lean to the yellow wing category for diversity. The picture shows a Lyside sulphur butterfly. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
West Virginia White
Large Orange Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Kentucky’s hairstreak population is the most interesting of the Gossamer Wing butterflies in the state. The picture shows a Red-banded Hairstreak, common throughout the South.
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Brush Footed Butterflies
Kentucky gardens are filled with species from the Brush Footed family. Visitors from the east will see many species that have in their own gardens. The picture shows a Red-spotted Purple, a member of the Admirals. It has a distinctively non-orange wing color. The remainder of the Kentucky royalty species, i.e., the Monarch, Viceroy, Emperors do have orange color in their wings.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
The large size of the average Swallowtail butterfly means that visitors to Kentucky cannot possibly miss them as they fly around residential areas and gardens. Because of the state’s geographic situation, it also hosts most of the southern species along with some mountain species. Kentucky is certainly a great place to catch up on Swallowtail butterfly watching. The picture shows a Giant Swallowtail.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Polydamas Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Ozark Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
- Northern Metalmark
- Swamp Metalmark
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.