Welcome to West Virginia butterflies. The Mountain State documents about 135 butterfly species and about 2,000 moth species. The Monarch butterfly pictured at the top of the page is the official state butterfly.
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Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Orange Sulphurs are a very common species across the United States. Identifying them can be difficult. Usually the newly hatched species have orange on the upper wing. However, they do interbreed with Clouded Sulphurs, so that might not always be the case. Additionally, some females have a white form.
West Virginia is hoe to both the Clouded and Orange Sulphur, along with a nice diversity of other yellow winged butterflies.
West Virginia White
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Many people think of brush footed butterflies as orange winged insects that fly around gardens and flowers. That’s partially accurate.
The Mourning Cloak butterfly in the picture is an exception to that general rule. It does fly around residential areas, however those areas need to have trees such as willows, cottonwoods and elms because they are the host plants for the caterpillars.
Great Spangled Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
West Virginia Butterflies: Swallowtails
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
A final note: West Virginia hosts one metalmark species, the Northern Metalmark.
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.