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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
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.
West Virginia White
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Brush Footed Butterflies
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.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
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
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.