Thanks for visiting North Dakota butterflies. For a Northern state, North Dakota hosts a fairly diverse population of about one hundred and fifty species. Gratography members can contribute to butterfly resource by registering today.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
There’s a nice balance of whites and yellows in the state. The Checkered White is a native species that often uses weedy plants as caterpillar hosts. It might be confused with the Western White.
Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
For a Northern tier state, North Dakota hosts a very nice variety of blues, coppers and hairstreaks.
The picture shows a Reakird’s Blue. Not shows is the side view with a more prominent pattern and a darker background color compared to the Tailed-Blues and the Azures. The top view of the male is decidedly blue in color.
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
Western Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
The wide diversity of North Dakota brushfoots can be attirbuted to habitat diversity. Many of the checkerspots, commas, ladys and admirals can be found in gardens and residential areas.
The Little Wood Satyr, pictured, lives around woodland edges and glades. Smaller tha the Common Wood Nymph, they tend to be early season butterflies.
It has two conspicuous eyespots on the outer forewings.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
West Coast Lady
It might be difficult to initially differentiate the Giant Swallowtail from other North Dakota swallowtail butterflies with dark wings. The easiest way to do so is look at the underside of the wings. Giant Swallowtails have yellowish colors.
- Old World Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Anise Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Two-tailed Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
- Mormon 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. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.