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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife suggests the following plants to attract butterflies at a basic butterfly garden.
- Trumpet Honeysuckle: Spring Azure
- Mikweed: Monarch, Queen
- Indian paintbrush: Buckeye, Fulvia Checkerspot
- Sweet Clover: Alfalfa and Orange Sulphers, Dogface butterfly; Reakirt’s and Eastern-tailed blues; Gray Hirstreak; Spring Azure
- Lantana/Thistle: Painted Lady, American Painted Lady
- Parsley/Dill/Carrot: Eastern Black Swallowtail
- Sweet Alyssum: Checkered and Cabbage Whites/LI>
- Sunflower: Gorgone and Silvery Crescents, Painted Lady, American Painted Lady
- Lamb’s Quarters: Painted Lady, Common and Scalloped Sootywings, Western Pygmy Blue
- Violet: Variegated and Great-Spangled Fritillaries
- American Elm: Question Mark, Mourning Cloak, Painted Lady, Comma
- Passion Flower: Gulf and Varigated Fritillaries
- Hackberry/Sugarberry: Snout and Hackberry, Tawny Emperor, Mourning Cloak, Question Mark
- American Plum: Coral and Striped Hairstreaks, Spring Azure, Tiger Swallowtail
- Rose of Sharon: Gray Hairstreak
- Hollies: Henry’s Elfin
- Apple: Viceroy, Red-spotted Purple, Gray Hairstreak, Spring Azure
Butterfly identification usually begins with color. So, the Oklahoma butterflies section divides into nine different categories. It is located directly under the list. All visitors looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Pieridae is the formal name of the family that consists of the butterflies with white wings and yellow wings. Most states have more of the yellow butterfly species. The picture shows a Florida White butterfly. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
Large Orange Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Great Purple Hairstreak
Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Brush Footed Butterflies
Multiple fritillary, checkerspot, crescent and wood nymph species insures nice diversity for Oklahoma butterflies in the brush foot category. Visitors can keep that in mind when looking for butterflies. Don’t pass up a Crescent butterfly, for example, if a picture is already in the camera. A different species could very well be sitting on that flower outside the hotel.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
West Coast Lady
Oklahoma Butterflies: Swallowtails
Swallowtail butterflies are numerous throughout the state. The pictures shows a black Swallowtail, Oklahoma’s official butterfly.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Two-tailed Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Thoas Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
- Little Metalmark
- Northern Metalmark
- Swamp Metalmark