Butterflies (Lepidoptera)


Note: This is not a complete list of Georgia butterflies, although most were taken in this state. For more complete information check the links at the bottom of the page. Most of these butterflies were identified with the help of primarily Jim Flynn and also Earl Horn and Mike Thomas. Taxonomy follows Glassberg in Butterflies through Binoculars. Many of these species, especially skippers, can look very different based on the age or sex of the butterfly, so I have tried to provide images that show some of the different looks you might see. All of the tough ones have been IDed for me by Jim, so thanks Jim!

Swallowtails: Paplionidae

  Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor)

30 Jun 2003, River Bend WMA, Laurens Co, GA


Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

9 Sep 2002, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

date unrecorded, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

24 Apr 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

2 May 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

14 May 2006, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


  Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

20 Apr 2001, Little River, Cherokee Co, GA


  Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

17 Jul 2005, Ocmulgee River, Twiggs Co, GA


  Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

6 Oct 2005, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA


Whites and Sulphurs: Pieridae

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

19 Apr 2006, Little St Simons Island, Glynn Co, GA


Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)

24 Apr 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


Southern Dogface (Collas cesonia)

13 Nov 2003, Altamaha River, Long Co, GA


  Little Yellow (Eurema lisa)

14 Sep 2003, McIntosh Reserve, Carroll Co, GA


  Little Yellow (Eurema lisa)

23 Jul 2005, Hannahatchee Creek WMA, Stewart Co, GA


  Little Yellow (Eurema lisa)

29 Nov 2006, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA


  Sleepy Orange (Eurema niccippe)

17 May 2006, Flint River, Upson Co, GA


  Sleepy Orange (Eurema niccippe)

9 Jun 2006, Peavine Creek, Catoosa Co, GA


Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

2 Jun 2005, West Palm Beach area, FL


Gossamer-wings: Lycaenidae

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

23 May 2006, Teloga Creek, Chattooga Co, GA


Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)

23 Apr 2004, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

L: 22 Mar 2003, unk location
R: unk


  Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

6 Oct 2005, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA
 


  Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

12 Jun 2006, Little Barren River, Green Co, KY
 


Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

L: 11 Sep 2003, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA
R: 2 Apr 2004, Camp Meeting Rock, Heard Co, GA


  Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

6 Oct 2005, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA


  Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

9 Jul 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

11 Sep 2006, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA, Walker Co, GA

Note: This butterfly has been snagged by a crab spider


  Eastern Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium isophthalma)

7 Sep 2003, Little St Simons Island, Glynn Co, GA


  Eastern Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium isophthalma)

19 Apr 2006, Little St Simons Island, Glynn Co, GA


Ceranus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

16 Jan 2004, Everglades National Park, FL


  Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas)

7 Jun 2005, High Falls State Park, Monroe Co, GA


  Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas)

15 Jun 2005, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas)

12 Jun 2006, Little Barren River, Green Co, KY


Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

L: 19 Jun 2003,Ocmulgee River, Twiggs Co, GA
R: 10 Sep 2003, Pine Log WMA, Bartow Co, GA


Brushfoots: Nymphalidae

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

TL: 19 Jun 2003, Ocmulgee River, Houston Co, GA
TR: 5 Sep 2003, Etowah River, Floyd Co, GA
BL: unk

 

  American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

25 Mar 2006, Williams Bluff, Early Co, GA


Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Various spots in GA, from Murray Co in the north to Long Co on the coast.

14 Aug- 13 Nov


  Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

11 Oct 2006, Williams Bluff, Early Co, GA


Zebra (Heliconius charitonius)

L: 17 Jan 2004, Everglades NP, FL
3 Nov 2004, Lowndes Co, GA


Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

17 May 2004, Twin Lakes, Taylor Co, GA


Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

10 Oct 2005, Paulk's Pasture WMA, Glynn Co, GA


Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

13 May 2006, Conasauga River, Murray Co, GA


  Diana (Speyeria diana)

10 Jul 1998, Union Co, GA


  Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

15 Jun 2005, Smithgall Woods, White Co, GA


  Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

7 Sep 2006, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA, Walker Co, GA


Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

L: 5 May 2004, Conasauga River, Murray Co, GA
R: 30 Jun 2004, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


  Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

13 May 2006, Conasauga River, Murray Co, GA


  Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

18 Aug 2006, Prater's Mill, Whitfield Co, GA


Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)

19 May 2002, Di-Lane WMA, Burke Co, GA


Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)

8 Nov 2006, Jinks Crossing, Decatur Co, GA


Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

L: 18 Oct 2003, Pasco Co, FL
R: 5 Nov 2004, Harris Neck NWR, McIntosh Co, GA


  Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

15 Aug 2005, Etowah River, Cherokee Co, GA


Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphdryas phaeton)

10 Jun 2003, Lake Conasauga, Murray Co, GA

 

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

15 May 2006, High Falls State Park, Monroe Co, GA


Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

27 Sep 2006, near Young Harris, Towns Co, GA


Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

24 Mar 2004, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


  Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

20 May 2006, Caddo pond, Montgomery Co, AR


  American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

18 Sep 2003, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

28 Apr 2006, Ellis Pond, Richmond Co, GA


  Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

16 Jun 1998, Grand Bay WMA, Lowndes Co, GA


  Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

15 Jul 2003, Kennesaw Mountain Park, Cobb Co, GA


  Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

26 Jun 2003, Ocmulgee River, Houston Co, GA


  White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

3 Dec 1998, South Beach Jekyll Island, Glynn Co, GA


  White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

16 Jan 2004, Everglades National Park, Dade Co, FL


  Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

15 Aug 2005, McGraw-Ford WMA, Cherokee Co, GA


Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

2 Jul 2004, Ocmulgee River, Houston Co, GA


  Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

18 Jun 2005, Sweetwater Creek, Liberty Co, FL


Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)

17 Mar 2004, Early Co, GA


Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

28 Aug 2003, Gordon Co, GA


Southern Pearly Eye (Enodia portlandia)

13 Sep 2003, Berry College, Floyd Co, GA


Southern Pearly Eye (Enodia portlandia)

17 Jul 2005, Ocmulgee River, Twiggs Co, GA


Southern Pearly Eye (Enodia portlandia)

14 May 2006, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


  Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia)

13 May 2006, Conasauga River, Murray Co, GA


Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

L: 30 Jun 2004, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA
R: 22 Apr 2004, River Bend WMA, Laurens Co, GA


  Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

17 Jul 2005, Ocmulgee River, Twiggs Co, GA


  Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

9 Oct 2005, Seventeen-mile River, Coffee Co, GA


Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

18 Apr 2006, Gordonia-Altamaha State Park, Tattnall Co, GA


Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)

8 Oct 2005, Paulk's Pasture WMA, Glynn Co, GA


Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela)

28 May 2006, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

This is a migration congregation along the AL coast. Note the tagged one center left.

10 Nov 1996, Dauphin Island, Mobile Co, AL


  Queen (Danaus gilippus)

6 Oct 2005, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA


Skippers: Hesperiidae

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

15 May 2004, Buck Creek, Clay Co, NC


Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

L: 21 Aug 2003, Altamaha River, Toombs Co, GA
R: 14 Aug 2003, Kennesaw Mountain Park, Cobb Co, GA


Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)

12 Jun 2006, Cave Research Pond, Mammoth Cave National Park, Hart Co, TN


Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

20 Jul 2002, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) female

27 Feb 2006, Early Co, GA


Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

20 Jul 2006, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)

12 Jun 2006, Little Barren River, Green Co, KY


Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)

18 Oct 2004, Coffee Co, GA


Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

TL: 13 Nov 2003, Altamaha River, Long Co, GA
TR: 18 Oct 2004, Wiggins Creek, Coffee Co, GA
BL: 4 Nov 2004, Satilla River, Charlton Co, GA


  Swarthy Skipper (Nastra lhminier)

2 Jun 2006, Chelsea Creek, Chattooga Co, GA


Swarthy Skipper (Nastra lhminier)

12 Jun 2006, Cave Research Pond, Mammoth Cave National Park, Hart Co, KY


  Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

12 Sep 2003, Lake Conasauga Songbird Management Area, Murray Co, GA


  Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

10 Sep 2005, Tattnall Co, GA


  Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

15 Jul 2006, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


  Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

6 Aug 2005, Charlie Elliott WEC, Jasper Co, GA


  Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

1 Apr 2006, Williams Bluff, Early Co, GA


  Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

8 Jul 2006, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


  Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)

22 Aug 2004, Wayne Co, GA


  Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)

5 Jun 2005, Long Co, GA


Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

16 Jan 2004, Everglades National Park, FL

 

  Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

11 Aug 2005, E Ferrell Palmer Park, Gordon Co, GA


  Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

1 Apr 2006, Williams Bluff, Early Co, GA


Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

8 Jul 2006, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


  Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

18 Apr 2005, Brantley Co, GA


  Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

10 May 2006, Altamaha River, Wayne Co, GA


  Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

11 May 2006, Ellis Pond, Richmond Co, GA


  Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

15 May 2006, Taylor Co, GA


  Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

13 Sep 2003, Berry College, Floyd Co, GA


  Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

25 Aug 2006, Chattooga Co, GA


  Delaware Skipper (Atrytone logan)

12 Jun 2006, Cave Research Pond, Mammoth Cave National Park, Hart Co, KY


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

15 Aug 2004, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

29 Apr 2005, Sprewell Bluff State Park, Upson Co, GA


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

23 May 2006, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade Co, GA


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

2 Jun 2006, Chelsea Creek, Chattooga Co, GA


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

2 Jun 2006, W Fork Little River, Dade Co, GA


  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

15 Jun 2006, Holly Creek, Murray Co, GA


  Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

6 Jun 2005, Phinizy Swamp, Richmond Co, GA


Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius)

16 Jul 2003, Unicoi State Park, White Co, GA


  Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius)

18 Sep 2005, Williams Bluff, Early Co, GA


Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)

Top: 17 Jan 2004, Everglades National Park, FL
Bottom: 8 Oct 2004, Jekyll Island, Glynn Co, GA


Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)

26 Mar 2005, Evans County, GA


  Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae)

28 Apr 2005, Bibb County Glades, Bib Co, AL


Shots below here are species that do not occur in Georgia.

Northern Metalmark (Calephelus borealis)

27 Jun 2004, Litchfield Co, CT


Julia (Dryas iulia)

L: 27 Oct 2003, Grand Bahama Island
R: 17 Jan 2004, Everglades National Park, FL


  Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

27 Jun 2004, Great Mountain Forest, Litchfield Co, CT


     

   

   

     

   
   
   
   

LINKS

Caterpillar page. Click on the image at left to see caterpillars of both butterflies and moths.

GeorgiaButterflies Jim Flynn's excellent Georgia based web page

Butterflies of Georgia Mike Chapman's site, more coastally-oriented
   

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