Types of Butterflies
Butterfly Pictures

I have had such fun learning to identify the types of butterflies in my yard. These pictures of butterflies will help you name some common butterfly types.

Types of ButterfliesIdentify Common Butterflies

Swallowtail Butterflies have long tails.

Identify Sulphurs and Whites by their colors. 

Brush-footed Butterflies are a large group.

Monarchs are Milkweed Butterflies. 

We often see Skippers and Moths.

Types of ButterfliesCommon Butterflies

Swallowtail Butterflies have long tails.

Identify Sulphurs and Whites by their colors.

Brush-footed Butterfliesare a large group.

Monarchs are Milkweed Butterflies. 

We often see Skippers and Moths.

Swallowtail Butterflies

Swallowtails probably are the most remarkable of the many types of butterflies. They have an elongation on the end of their hind-wings.

Black SwallowtailEastern Black Swallowtail

The male and female swallowtails can differ in coloring.

picture of Eastern Black Swallowtail ButterflyMale Black Swallowtail
female Black Swallowtail Butterfly pictureFemale Black Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail ButterflyPalamedes Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail butterflyPipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebrush Swallowtail ButterflySpicebrush Swallowtail

The blush on the hind-wings may be blue or white

Giant Swallowtail pictureGiant Swallowtail Butterfly

The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly is almost six inches in length.
It has bright yellow and black markings on the top of the wings.

It is pale yellow with black on the underside.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on flowersTiger Swallowtail Butterfly --- Male or Female

dark form of female Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Some Tiger Swallowtail females are a dark form

Zebra Swallowtail, a Florida butterflyZebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Sulphurs and Whites

Sulphurs and Whites are the most common type of butterflies.
They are just like their names imply, either white or sulphur yellow. 

They are smaller than the large swallowtails, but more numerous.

Cabbage White Butterfly photoCabbage White

I would always see the whites in the farm fields of California.

Great Southern White Butterfly pictureGreat Southern White

Here in Florida many times I see them on the roadside plants.
You can tell it by the distinctive blue tip on their antennas.

Cloudless Sulphur ButterflyCloudless Sulphur

When they fly, they don't float, they are always flapping their wings.

Types of Butterflies

The front legs of the Brush-footed Butterflies look a bit like a brush.
They walk and stand mainly on their back legs.

Longwing Butterflies
Longwings are part of the group of Brush-footed Butterflies,
but who looks at their feet. It is easier to see their long wings.

The wings of the Longwings are much longer then they are wide.

Zebra Longwing Florida state butterflyZebra Longwing Butterfly

They live several months, longer than other butterflies.
They are the Florida State Butterfly.

More Butterfly Facts

Gulf Fritillary ButterflyGulf Fritillary Butterfly

Another longwing butterfly is the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly.
It is a common type of butterflies here in Florida.

They have orange wings with dark spots, but they have no definite vein markings.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly undersideUnderside

You may think they are different types of butterflies until you see both sides.
They have large silvery spots on the underside of their wings.

Julia Longwing ButterflyJulia Butterfly

Sometimes called the Orange Longwing.

Painted Lady ButterflyPainted Lady Butterfly

The Painted and Virginia Ladies are more of the Brush-footed types of butterflies.
They have very interesting patterns on the underside of their wings.

Virginia Painted Lady ButterflyUnderside

Virginia Painted Lady ButterflyVirginia Lady Butterfly

         The Virginia Lady Butterfly has a large eye-spot on the back wings.             
The Painted Lady lacks the eye-spot.

White Peacock ButterflyWhite Peacock Butterfly

Buckeye Butterfly photoBuckeye Butterfly

I often see Buckeyes in the grass when I am mowing.

Red Admiral Butterfly photoRed Admiral

Pearl Crescent Butterfly picturePearl Crescent Butterfly

It is commonly seen in grassy areas in the East

Florida Viceroy Butterfly pictureViceroy Butterfly

It has a heavy band on the hind-wing. 
No such band exists on Monarchs.

underside of Florida Viceroy ButterflyViceroy Underside

Milkweed Butterflies

They are one of the best known types of butterflies.
This type of butterfly gets a chemical from the milkweeds that make them taste bad to predators.

Monarch Butterfly with folded wingsMonarch Underside

Queen Butterfly pictureQueen Butterfly

Top side lacks the black veins of the Monarch.

Queen Butterfly picture

Underside of Queen resembles the Monarch.
But the Monarch doesn't have white spots out in the orange fore-wing.


Skippers are small type of butterfly they ‘skip’ in a hurry from flower to flower.
Their wings are small in proportion to their body, so they have to fly in a hurry.

Skipper ButterflySkipper Butterfly

There are hundreds of skippers that are difficult for the amateur to distinguish.
Below are three outstanding types that are easy to identify.

Silver-spotted Skipper butterflySilver-spotted Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper butterflyLong-tailed Skipper

Checkered Skipper ButterflyCheckered Skipper


We often see moths around our lights at night time.

They look fuzzy or furry because their wing scales stand up.

Learn more ways to tell the Difference between Moths and Butterflies.

Luna MothLuna Moth

The Luna Moth is a beautiful green color.

Sphnix MothSphinx Moth

Whether you know the names and types of butterflies
when you see them is not as important as enjoying them.

It is fun to learn the different butterfly types in your yard!

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read!
Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Critter Paintings

    Feb 20, 16 01:15 PM

    painting of Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia

    Spring is on the way. This week the Sandhill Cranes were heading north. My Tulip Magnolia is in full bloom. Some people call them Japanese Magnolias. I did a painting of a Florida Scrub Jay sitting on…

    Read More

  2. Monarch Mimics

    Oct 17, 15 12:00 AM

    Monarch Mimic
    Monarchs get a chemical from Milkweeds that make them taste bad. So the birds leave them alone and don't eat them. Some other butterflies mimic Monarchs so the birds won't eat them. Is this a Monarch…

    Read More