North Carolina Butterflies

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Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on The Butterflies of North Carolina both by Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. and Thomas E. Howard, Jr. For more information, such as habitat, food and nectar plants, searchable database, etc., please visit this site. Many thanks for their work in documenting this information and for allowing me to use it on my website.
My wife and I have photographed 117 out of the approximately 173 different species of butterflies that have been found in North Carolina, with the majority of them having been photographed in Ashe County.

Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus appalachiensis)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
West Virginia White (Pieris virginiensis)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) No Photo
Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia) No Photo
Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia) No Photo
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) No Photo
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea) No Photo
Barred Yellow (Eurema daira) No Photo
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) No Photo

Gossamer-wings (Lycaenidae)

Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Edwards' Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii) No Photo
Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorum) No Photo
King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi) No Photo
Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius) No Photo
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus) No Photo
Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici) No Photo
Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)
Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli) No Photo
White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Early Hairstreak (Erora laeta)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) No Photo
Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
Atlantic Holly Azure (Celastrina idella) No Photo
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
Dusky Azure (Celastrina nigra) No Photo
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) No Photo

Metalmarks (Riodinidae)

Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis)

Brushfoots (Nymphalidae)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius) No Photo
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Diana Fritillary (Speyeria diana)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) No Photo
Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)
Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone) No Photo
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana) No Photo
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) No Photo
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Mimic Crescent (Phyciodes incognitus)
Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii) No Photo
Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)
Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum) No Photo
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti) No Photo
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mimic (Hypolimnas misippus) No Photo
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) No Photo
Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria) No Photo
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Southern Pearly-eye (Enodia portlandia) No Photo
Northern Pearly-eye (Enodia anthedon)
Creole Pearly-eye (Enodia creola)
Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolatus)
Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta) No Photo
Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii) No Photo
Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Queen (Danaus gilippus) No Photo
Soldier (Danaus eresimus) No Photo
Special thanks to Harry E. LeGrand, Jr., Thomas E. Howard, Jr., Ron Gatrelle, Jeff Pippen, Will Cook and Randy Emmitt for their help.
Did You Know? Interesting Butterfly Facts

NC Butterfly Links

Will Cook's Carolina Nature Butterflies
Jeff Pippen's Butterfly Page
Randy Emmitt's Butterflies of the Carolinas and Virginias
Dorothy Pugh's Butterfly Page
Notes on The Butterflies of North Carolina by Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. and Thomas E. Howard, Jr.