A small state in the north means Rhode Island butterflies number a bit less than the average for other states with larger territories. The state also does not designate an official state butterfly.
Regardless, visitors to the state have an opportunity to see a fairly stable population of common East Coast butterflies.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Most states in the Northeast have more yellow butterflies than white butterflies in the Pieridae family, Rhode Island is no exception. The picture shows a Sleepy Orange butterfly.
Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
The paucity of blue butterflies in Rhode Island is a bit confusing. Tourists and residents can always look to the brush and flowers for the hairstreaks. Te picture shows a White M Hairstreak, a very common species throughout the Eastern United States.
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Rhode Island gardens are filled with Brush Footed butterfly species from spring to fall. They mostly have orange color in the wings. The picture shows a Question Mark butterfly.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
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.