Types of Butterflies
Butterfly Pictures

I am sure you have seen many of the types of butterflies.
The information and pictures of butterflies here will help you distinguish some common types.

Swallowtail Butterflies, plus Sulphurs and Whites,

Brush-footed Butterflies, including Longwing Butterflies

Milkweed Butterflies and butterflies that Mimic the Monarch

Skippers and Moths


Swallowtail Butterflies

There are many types of butterflies. But the Swallowtail Butterflies probably are the most remarkable.They are very large and a favorite of many people.

They have an elongation on the back end of their hind wings. The swallowtail extensions attract the attention of birds to keep them from pecking their head.

Black Swallowtail types of butterflies

Eastern Black Swallowtail




picture of Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Do you think a bird had a bite?

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
Many of the caterpillars are as beautiful as the butterflies.


The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly has bright yellow and black markings on the top of the wings.

It is almost six inches in length.

Casein painting of the Giant Swallowtail butterfly

    Giant Swallowtail Butterfly has pale yellow with black on the underside.

More Butterfly paintings by Carol May.


Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly


Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly


Spicebrush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebrush Swallowtail Butterfly


Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on flowers

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly


Zebra Swallowtail, a Florida butterfly

Zebra 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. They include the Alfalfa Butterfly and the Cabbage White.


Cabbage White Butterfly photo

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

I saw them many times in the alfalfa fields,
I guess they like alfalfa, too.


Great Southern White Butterfly picture

Great 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 Butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

I see the Cloudless Sulphur quite often flying across my backyard.

When they fly, they don't float or drift the way most of the larger butterflies fly. They are always flapping their wings.

One time I saw a group of around the edge of a mud puddle. There were so many that they looked like a bunch of bright colored fall leaves. They were getting minerals from the soil.


Brush-footed Butterflies

Many of our familiar butterflies are the Brush-footed type.

They don't use their smaller front legs for walking. They look a bit like a brush. They walk and stand mainly on their back pairs of legs.


Longwing Butterflies

Longwing Butterflies are a popular type of butterflies here in Florida.
Their wings are much longer then they are wide.

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

Zebra Longwing Florida state butterfly

Zebra Longwing Butterfy, the Florida State Butterfly.


They live several months, longer than other type of butterflies.
Other butterflies live just a few weeks.

They eat pollen as well as nectar.
The pollen gives them added nutrition which extends their life.

Maybe we should start eating pollen.
They sleep together at night-time in large groups.


Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly underside

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

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

They have orange wings with dark spots, but they have no definite vein markings. The top-side of their wings look completely different from the underside.

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


Julia Longwing Butterfly picture

The Julia Butterfly is
sometimes called the Orange Longwing.


Virginia Painted Lady Butterfly

Virginia Lady Butterfly

Virginia Painted Lady Butterfly

Virginia Lady Butterfly

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

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

The Painted Lady lacks the eye-spot.


White Peacock Butterfly

The White Peacock Butterfly is seen all year in south Florida.


Buckeye Butterfly photo

      Buckeye Butterfly, I see these in the grass often when I am mowing.     


Red Admiral Butterfly photo

The Red Admiral is another brush-foot.
I was stunned by the brilliant red on them
the first time I saw one.




 Monarch Butterfly Mimics

Florida Viceroy Butterfl

Viceroy Butterfly

It has a heavy band on the hind-wing. 

underside of Florida Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly

No such band exists on Monarchs.


Milkweed Butterflies

They are one of the best known types of butterflies.

The Monarch Butterfly is in the group of Milkweed Butterflies. They eat from the milkweeds. This type of butterfly gets a chemical from the milkweeds that make them taste bad to predators.

Monarch Butterfly picture

Monarch Butterfly
Notice the enlarged black spot on the male's hind-wing vein.

This enlarged spot differentiates them from the Viceroy and Queen.

Monarch Butterfly with folded wings

Monarch Butterfly

Learn more about the Monarch Butterfly.


Queen Butterfly picture

Queen Butterfly

Top side lacks the black veins of the Monarch.

Queen Butterfly picture

Queen Butterfly

Underside of Queen closely resembles the Monarch.


Skippers

Skippers are small type of butterfly they ‘skip’ in a hurry from flower to flower.

Because of their small wings in proportion to their body they have to fly in a hurry.

Many of them are dark or dull in color.

Silver-spotted Skipper butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper


Long-tailed Skipper butterfly

Long-tailed Skipper


Tropical Checkered Skipper butterfly

Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly


Moths

Some moths are very colorful. They look fuzzy or furry because their wing scales stand up.

Learn more ways to tell the Difference between butterflies and moths.


Luna Moth

Luna Moth

The Luna Moth is a beautiful green color.


Sphnix Moth

Sphinx 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 types in your yard.


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Monarch Butterfly migration and life cycle

Monarch Butterfly

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