Tennessee Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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picture of a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, the state butterfly of Tennessee and part of the Tennessee Butterflies collection

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


picture of a clouded sulphur butterfly on purple salvia, part of the Tennessee butterflies section
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.

Whites
Falcate Orangetip
Olympia Marble
West Virginia White
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Yellows
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Barred Yellow
Mexican Yellow
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers


picture of a credit: andy-reago-chrissy mc flickr
Blues
Marine Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure
Dusky Azure
Appalachian Azure
Silvery Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Reakirt’s Blue
Hairstreaks
Great Purple Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak
Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Brown Elfin
Frosted Elfin
Henry’s Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
Oak Hairstreak
Northern’ Southern Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Edwards’ Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Red-banded Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
White-M Hairstreak
Early Hairstreak
Coppers
Harvester
American Copper
Bronze Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies


picture of an Eastern Comma butterfly
Brush footed
American Snout
Monarch
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Viceroy
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot
Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
Brush footed
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Green Comma
Gray Comma
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Southern Pearly-eye
Northern Pearly-eye
Creole Pearly-eye
Appalachian Brown
Gemmed Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph

Butterflies: Swallowtails


picture of a Giant Swallowtail
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
  • 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.