Ohio Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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picture of a buckeye butterlfy part of the Ohio butterflies collection

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Ohio is one of only a few states that does not have an official state butterfly. The top picture shows a Common Buckeye, in honor of the Buckeye state.

A medium sized state that advertises itself as the Gateway to the Midwest, Ohio hosts an average number of butterfly species.

Butterflies: Whites and Yellows

picture of the ubiquitous Cabbage white butterfly part of the Ohio butterflies collection
Ohio butterflies with white and yellow wings belong to the family Pieridae. With the exception of some western states, most states, like Ohio have a few more of the yellow butterflies.

The picture shows the ubiquitous Cabbage White butterfly, found in residential areas and gardens across the United States. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies. documented in the state.

Falcate Orangetip
Olympia Marble
West Virginia White
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Orange-barred Sulphur
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers

picture of a great purple hairstreak
Marine Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure
Dusky Azure
Appalachian Azure
Silvery Blue
Reakirt’s Blue
Melissa Blue
Great Purple Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak
Brown Elfin
Frosted Elfin
Henry’s Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
Oak Hairstreak
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Edwards’ Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Red-banded Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
White-M Hairstreak
Early Hairstreak
American Copper
Bronze Copper
Purplish Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies

picture of a side view of a Viceroy butterfly
With the presence of Monarchs, Queens, Viceroys and Emperors, one might be excused for thinking of Ohio Brush footed butterflies as royalty. Close, they are nice, and they are for all the people of Ohio as well as Ohio visitors. The picture shows a side view of a Viceroy butterfly. They look similar to the milkweed butterflies, the Monarchs and Queens.

Here’s the rest of the brush footed list for the state.

Brush footed
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Regal Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Harris’ Checkerspot
Pearl Crescent
Northern Crescent
Brush footed
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
Banded Peacock
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Gray Comma
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Northern Pearly-eye
Eyed Brown
Appalachian Brown
Gemmed Satyr
Mitchell’s Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph

Butterflies: Swallowtails

picture of a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly
Comparatively speaking, Ohio’s six swallowtail species is on the low end of the diversity scale. The picture shows a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. Residents and visitors will often see these larger than average butterflies. They tend to fly around residential areas and gardens, including hotel gardens where the tourists stay.
  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Zebra Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail

Butterflies: Metalmarks

picture of a swamp metalmark
Metalmark diversity is pretty similar across the east. Most states have only one or two of these predominantly desert and tropical species. The picture shows a Swamp Metalmark.
  • 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. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.