For a Southern state, Tennessee has a comparatively smaller number of butterfly species.
What they lack in total numbers, they make up with enthusias. Butterfly gardens are promoted throughout the state. The Smoky Mountains in the east are great for butterfly enthusiasts, with close to one hundred documented species.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Butterflies with white wings and yellow wings belong to a family called Pieridae. Most states have more of the yellow butterfly species and Tennessee is no exception.
The picture shows a Clouded Sulpher butterfly. The list divides the Tennessee species into color categories.
West Virginia White
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Great Purple Hairstreak
Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Brush Footed Butterflies
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
The Zebra Swallowtail is the state butterfly. The picture shows another very common species, the Giant Swallowtail.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
- Tiger Swallowtail
- Palamedes 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.