Butterflies of DC

Butterflies of DC ~ to help you create a butterfly garden

This list of butterflies of Washington, D.C. was created from the Butterflies and Moths of North America website. To create a list for a different area, use the scrollbars on their database search page.

Select the link for any butterfly for more information, including their preferred host and nectar plants.

Hesperiidae Skippers

Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper

Urbanus proteus Long-tailed Skipper

Autochton cellus Golden Banded-Skipper

Achalarus lyciades Hoary Edge

Thorybes pylades Northern Cloudywing

Thorybes bathyllus Southern Cloudywing

Thorybes confusis Confused Cloudywing

Staphylus hayhurstii Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Erynnis icelus Dreamy Duskywing

Erynnis brizo Sleepy Duskywing

Erynnis juvenalis Juvenal's Duskywing

Erynnis horatius Horace's Duskywing

Erynnis martialis Mottled Duskywing

Erynnis zarucco Zarucco Duskywing

Erynnis baptisiae Wild Indigo Duskywing

Pyrgus centaureae Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus communis Common Checkered-Skipper

Pholisora catullus Common Sootywing

Nastra lherminier Swarthy Skipper

Lerema accius Clouded Skipper

Ancyloxypha numitor Least Skipper

Thymelicus lineola European Skipper

Hylephila phyleus Fiery Skipper

Hesperia leonardus Leonard's Skipper

Hesperia metea Cobweb Skipper

Hesperia sassacus Indian Skipper

Atalopedes campestris Sachem

Polites peckius Peck's Skipper

Polites themistocles Tawny-edged Skipper

Polites origenes Crossline Skipper

Polites vibex Whirlabout

Wallengrenia otho Southern Broken-Dash

Wallengrenia egeremet Northern Broken-Dash

Pompeius verna Little Glassywing

Poanes hobomok Hobomok Skipper

Poanes zabulon Zabulon Skipper

Poanes viator Broad-winged Skipper

Poanes aaroni Aaron's Skipper

Euphyes bimacula Two-spotted Skipper

Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper

Atrytonopsis hianna Dusted Skipper

Amblyscirtes vialis Common Roadside-Skipper

Lerodea eufala Eufala Skipper

Calpodes ethlius Brazilian Skipper

Panoquina ocola Ocola Skipper

Papilionidae Parnassians and Swallowtails

Battus philenor Pipevine Swallowtail

Eurytides marcellus Zebra Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes Black Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio palamedes Palamedes Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes Giant Swallowtail

Pieridae Whites and Sulphurs

Pontia protodice Checkered White

Pieris rapae Cabbage White

Anthocharis midea Falcate Orangetip

Colias philodice Clouded Sulphur

Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur

Phoebis sennae Cloudless Sulphur

Eurema daira Barred Yellow

Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow

Abaeis nicippe Sleepy Orange

Lycaenidae Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Feniseca tarquinius Harvester

Lycaena phlaeas American Copper

Lycaena hyllus Bronze Copper

Callophrys gryneus Juniper Hairstreak

Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin

Callophrys irus Frosted Elfin

Callophrys henrici Henry's Elfin

Callophrys niphon Eastern Pine Elfin

Satyrium favonius Southern Hairstreak

Satyrium titus Coral Hairstreak

Satyrium edwardsii Edwards' Hairstreak

Satyrium calanus Banded Hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops Red-banded Hairstreak

Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak

Parrhasius m album White M Hairstreak

Cupido comyntas Eastern Tailed-Blue

Celastrina ladon Spring Azure

Celastrina neglecta Summer Azure

Nymphalidae Brush-footed Butterflies

Libytheana carinenta American Snout

Danaus plexippus Monarch

Danaus gilippus Queen

Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia Variegated Fritillary

Speyeria cybele Great Spangled Fritillary

Speyeria aphrodite Aphrodite Fritillary

Speyeria idalia Regal Fritillary

Chlosyne nycteis Silvery Checkerspot

Phyciodes tharos Pearl Crescent

Euphydryas phaeton Baltimore

Junonia coenia Common Buckeye

Polygonia interrogationis Question Mark

Polygonia comma Eastern Comma

Polygonia progne Gray Comma

Nymphalis antiopa Mourning Cloak

Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral

Vanessa cardui Painted Lady

Vanessa virginiensis American Lady

Limenitis arthemis Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral

Limenitis arthemis astyanax 'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple

Limenitis archippus Viceroy

Asterocampa celtis Hackberry Emperor

Asterocampa clyton Tawny Emperor

Satyrodes appalachia Appalachian Brown

Megisto cymela Little Wood Satyr

Cercyonis pegala Common Wood Nymph

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