Thanks for visiting Louisiana butterflies.
The state’s approximately one hundred and fifty butterfly species puts it in the middle of the state butterfly diversity spectrum. Large areas with grassy coverings make it especially fertile ground for Skipper butterflies, whose larvae depend mostly on natuve grasses.
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The picture at the top of th page shows a Julia Heliconian, or a longwing butterfly in the fritillary genera. Louisiana tourists have the opportunity to see this and another few subtropical species.
The following list divides into families and is accompanied by some pictures of representative species. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Louisiana hosts a large number of butterflies with yellow wings that belong to the family Pieridae. The picture shows an Orange sulphur, a very common species. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
Great Southern White
Large Orange Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Hairstreaks dominate the Louisiana Gossamer Wing category in the state. The picture shows the very common Mallow Scrub Hairstreak.
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Louisiana Butterflies: Brush Footed Typical Garden Butterflies
As a Gulf Coast state with some sub-tropical weather, Louisiana does attract some sub-tropical species such as the Heliconian. Otherwise, many of the same species, such as the milkweed species better known as the Monarchs and Queens can be found in the state, just as they are found in other eastern states.
The picture shows a Souther Pearly Eye, one of the Wood Nymph species that call the state home. Many of the remaining brush footed butterfly species are commonly seen in residential areas and gardens around the larger cities.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
For a southern state, Louisiana hosts a relatively small number of swallowtail species. They are all very common species in neighboring states. The picture shows a pair of Pipevine Swallowtails.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Polydamas Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
The Little Metalmark is the state’s only species.
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.