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Top 20 Butterflies
#01 Pearl crescent
Pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos tharos, flies in May, July, and August. Most common in open areas.
#02 European cabbage white
European cabbage white, Pieris rapae, flies in May-November. Most common in open areas.
#03 Little wood satyr
Little wood satyr, Megisto cymela cymela, flies in May-July. Most common in shaded habitats.
#04 Orange sulphur
Orange sulphur (also known as alfalfa butterfly), Colias eurytheme, flies in April-December. Most common in open areas.
#05 Eastern tailed blue
Eastern tailed blue, Everes comyntas commyntas, flies in April-October. Most common in open areas near legumes.
#06 Common wood nymph
Common wood nymph, Cercyonis pegala alope, flies in July. Most common in open woodlands.
#07 European skipper
European skipper, Thymelicus lineola, flies June-Sept. Most common in open, moist areas.
Monarch, Danaus Plexippus plexippus, flies July-Oct. Most common in open habitat.
#09 Silver-spotted skipper
Silver-spotted skipper, Epargyeus clarus clarus, flies in May, June and August. Most common among clover and alfalfa.
Viceroy, Limenitis archippus archippus, flies June-Aug. Most common in open areas, among willows.
#11 Great spangled frittilary
Great spangled frittilary, Speyeria cybele cybele, flies June-July. Most common in open woodlands.
#12 Tiger swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus glaucus, flies March-Sept. Most common in deciduous forest.
#13 Clouded sulphur
Clouded sulphur, Colias philodice philodice, flies April-Dec. Most common in open areas.
#14 American copper
American copper, Lycaena phlaeas americana, flies in May-July and September. Most common in old fields.
#15 Wild indigo duskywing
Wild indigo duskywing, Erynnis baptisiae, flies May-Aug. Most common in prairie openings.
#16 Zabulon skipper
Zabulon skipper, Poanes zabulon, flies May, June and August. Most common in open forests.
#17 Red-spotted purple
Red-spotted purple (also known as white admiral), Limenitis arthemis arthemis, flies May-Aug. Most common in deciduous woods.
#18 Least skipper
Least skipper, Ancyloxypha numitor, flies May-Aug. Most common in moist, open meadows.
#19 Black swallowtail
Black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes asterius, flies May, July, and August. Most common in old fields.
#20 Acadian hairstreak
Acadian hairstreak, Satyrium acadica acadica, flies June-July. Most common in wetlands and willows.
Last updated: August 1, 2014