The most recent survey of Vermont butterflies documented one hundred and three species in the state. According to the Vermont Butterfly Survey:
Over half of the butterfly species were found in all 8 biophysical regions. Five species were found in just a single region…An additional five species were recorded in only two biophysical regionsThis fact tells us that the types of butterflies that any visitor to Vermont will see is highly dependent on the area they visit.
Gratography members can easily contribute to the Vermont Butterflies collection by registering today. The buttons at the bottom of the page divide the state’s butterflies into nine categories.
Visitors looking for additional butterfly identification help can press the green butterflies button.
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. 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
Vermont gossamer wing butterflies have a nice balance between the blues, hairstreaks and coppers.
The picture shows a Coral Hairstreak. They tend to live around fields, especially those with milkweed. Notice also that they are one of the hairstreaks that actually lack a hair like appendage at the bottom of the wing.
Cherry Gall Azure
Olive’ Juniper Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Many people who don’t look closely at butterflies might mistake the American Snout. As the picture shows, it has a one of a kind set of long labial palps at the top of the head.
They migrate north during the season, and their presence in Vermont depends on weather conditions during the southern breeding season. Many of the other Vermont Butterflies in the Brush footed family can often be spotted in residential areas and gardens.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
The picture shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They are very common because a variety of trees such as apple trees and cherry trees serve as larval hosts. Another interesting fact is that some females have a dark form. They can be identified by the absence of white spots on the abdomen.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail