Thanks for visiting New Hampshire butterflies.
The New Hampshire butterfly population follows the general pattern for initial estimations of butterfly diversity. It’s a small state in the north and therefore it sits at the lower end of the butterfly diversity scale for US states. Including skipper butterflies, approximately one hundred and twenty five species have been documented in the state.
The picture shows a Satyr Comma. It’s an overwintering species that greets New Hampshire residents as soon as the spring thaw begins.
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The buttons at the bottom of the page divide them into nine categories. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
The list of eight Pieridae species documented in New Hampshire is testament to the low butterfly diversity. The picture shows a Checkered White butterfly.
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Mountains, valleys and the ponds and streams that flow through them explain the increased diversity in blue, hairstreak and copper butterflies in the state. The picture shows a Bog Copper.
Cherry Gall Azure
Eastern Pine Elfin
Western Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
New Hampshire does host a nice diversity of fritillary species. With few exceptions, such as with the Speyeria fritillaries, identifying the species present in the garden can be quite easy. Regal Fritillaries pictured, fly in prairies that host Prairie violets, the larval food. The dark upper forewing tip of the female is the easiest way to separate the sexes in the field. They only live through the summer season and start the metamorphosis cycle on a yearly basis.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
The presence of Dutchman’s Pipes and Spicebush, fruit trees and plants in the carrot family insures that swallowtail butterflies are present throughout New Hampshire. They are the typical hosts for Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. The picture shows the very common Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail