What types of butterflies do you have in your yard? I have had such fun learning to identify the butterflies in my yard. These pictures of butterflies will help you name some common butterfly types.
Swallowtail Butterflies have long tails.
Identify Sulphurs and Whites by their colors.
Brush-footed Butterflies are a large group including Longwing Butterflies.
Monarchs are in the Milkweed Butterflies group.
We often see Skippers on our flowers or grass and Moths around lights at night.
probably are the most remarkable of the many types of butterflies. They have an elongation on the end of their hind-wings.
The male and female swallowtails can differ in coloring.
The blush on the hind-wings may be blue or white
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.
Some Tiger Swallowtail females are a dark form
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.
I would always see the whites in the farm fields of California.
Here in Florida many times I see them on the roadside plants.
You can tell it by the distinctive blue tip on their antennas.
When they fly, they don't float, they are always flapping their wings.
The front legs of the Brush-footed Butterflies look a bit like a brush.
They walk and stand mainly on their back legs.
The wings of the Longwings 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.
The Florida State Butterfly
They live several months, longer than other butterflies.
More Butterfly Facts
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.
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.
Sometimes called the Orange Longwing.
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.
The Virginia Lady Butterfly has a large eye-spot on the back wings.
The Painted Lady lacks the eye-spot.
It is commonly seen in grassy areas in the East
It has a heavy band on the hind-wing.
No such band exists on Monarchs.
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.
Top side lacks the black veins of the Monarch.
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
Their wings are small in proportion to their body, so they have to fly in a hurry.
There are hundreds of skippers that are difficult for the amateur to distinguish.
Below are three outstanding types that are easy to identify.
Moths look fuzzy or furry because their wing scales stand up.
Learn more ways to tell the Difference between Moths and Butterflies.
The Luna Moth is a beautiful green color.
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!