I am sure you have seen many of these types of butterflies.
The information and pictures of butterflies here will help you distinguish some common types.
Swallowtail Butterflies have long tails.
Their colors make Sulphurs and Whites easy to identify.
Brush-footed Butterflies are a large group including Longwing Butterflies.
The Monarch is in the Milkweed Butterflies group.
We often see Skippers on our flowers and Moths around lights at night.
The Swallowtail Butterflies probably are the most remarkable of the many types of butterflies.
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.
The male and female swallowtails can differ somewhat in coloring.
Eastern Black Swallowtail
Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly
Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly
Spicebrush Swallowtail Butterfly
The blush on the hind-wings may be blue or white
Giant 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.
The Giant Swallowtail is pale yellow with black on the underside.
Painting by Carol May
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Some Tiger Swallowtail females are a dark form
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
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.
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
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
I often see the Cloudless Sulphurs 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.
Many of our familiar butterflies are the Brush-footed type.
They don't use their small front legs for walking. They look a bit like a brush.
They walk and stand mainly on their back pairs of legs.
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 Butterfly
The Florida State Butterfly
They live several months, longer than other butterflies.
Other types of 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
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.
The top-side of their wings look completely different from the underside.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly - 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 Butterfly - Orange Longwing
Painted 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.
Painted Lady Butterfly - underside
Virginia Lady Butterfly
The Virginia Lady Butterfly has a large eye-spot on the back wings.
The Painted Lady lacks the eye-spot.
White Peacock Butterfly
I see these in the grass often when I am mowing.
I was stunned by the brilliant red on them
the first time I saw one.
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
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.
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.
Notice the enlarged black spot on the male's hind-wing vein.
This enlarged spot differentiates them from the Viceroy and Queen.
Learn more about the Monarch Butterfly.
Top side lacks the black veins of the Monarch.
Underside of Queen resembles the Monarch.
Skippers are small type of butterfly they ‘skip’ in a hurry from 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
Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly
Some moths are very colorful. They 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.
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.