Thanks for visiting. the Virginia butterflies section. The picture at the top of the page shows the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the official state butterfly. While the state hosts a variety of butterfly species, twenty one of those species are considered rare and seen in only one or two counties.
Brush Footed Butterflies
The forested areas of Virginia host many butterfly species, included Wood Nymphs and Satyrs. The picture shows a Northern Pearly-eye.
Virginia gardens and residential areas also host many of the typical Brush Footed species listed below.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
The Zebra Swallowtail stands out among the Virginia swallowtail butterfly population. Unfortunately their range is limited to areas that grow pawpaw trees, the larval plant host.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
It also should be noted that Virginia hosts two metalmark species, the Little Metalmark and the Northern Metalmark.
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Butterfly identification usually begins with color. Therfore the Virginia butterflies collection initially divides into nine 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.