Wisconsin Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

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picture of an American Lady butterfly

Thanks for visiting Wisconsin butterflies. Apart from the skipper butterflies, Wisconsin hosts around one hundred different butterfly species. That puts is at an average number in terms of butterfly diversity in US states. Interestingly enough, Wisconsin is one of the few states that has not designated a state butterfly.

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Press the green button for a field guide to help with many general butterfly identification questions. The list of Wisconsin butterflies is presented below with a few pictures. It divides according to families. The top picture shows an American Lady

Butterflies: Whites and Yellows

picture of a little yellow butterfly, part of the Wisconsin butterflies section
Wisconsin butterflies in the Pieridae family follows a regular pattern of having more yellows butterfly species than white butterfly species. The picture shows a Little Yellow butterfly, a common species in most of the eastern areas of the United States.
Falcate Orangetip
Olympia Marble
Mustard White
West Virginia White
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Pink-edged Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Orange-barred Sulphur
Mexican Yellow
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers

picture of a Melissa Blue Butterfly top view
Marine Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Western Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Northern Azure
Summer Azure
Dusky Azure
Silvery Blue
Reakirt’s Blue
Northern Blue
Melissa Blue
Greenish Blue
Juniper Hairstreak
Brown Elfin
Hoary Elfin
Frosted Elfin
Henry’s Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
Coral Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Edwards’ Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
White-M Hairstreak
Early Hairstreak
American Copper
Gray Copper
Bronze Copper
Bog Copper
Purplish Copper
Dorcas Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies

picture of a side view of a Goatweed Leafwing butterfly, the most common Leafwing species in the United States.
Brush footed
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Regal Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Bog Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Frigga Fritillary
Freija Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Silvery Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot
California Patch
Harris’ Checkerspot
Brush footed
Pearl Crescent
Northern Crescent
Tawny Crescent
Baltimore Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Satyr Comma
Green Comma
Hoary Comma
Gray Comma
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Northern Pearly-eye
Eyed Brown
Appalachian Brown
Common Ringlet
Little Wood-Satyr
Red-disked Alpine
Jutta Arctic
Chryxus Arctic
Common Wood-Nymph

Wisconsin Butterflies: Swallowtails

picture of a side view of a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly
  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Zebra Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail

Butterflies: Metalmarks

picture of a Swamp Metalmark butterfly
  • Swamp 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.