Virginia Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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side view of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, state butterfly of Virginia

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

picture of a Northern Pearly-eye butterfly
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.

Brush footed
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Regal Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Ruddy Daggerwing
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Harris’ Checkerspot
Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Northern Crescent
Tawny Crescent
Brush footed
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
White Peacock
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Green Comma
Gray Comma
Compton Tortoiseshell
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Southern Pearly-eye
Northern Pearly-eye
Creole Pearly-eye
Appalachian Brown
Gemmed Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph

Butterflies: Swallowtails

picture of a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly
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

Butterflies: Metalmarks

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.