For such a small physical area, Washingto DC, the nation’s capitol, is actually a nice place to track butterflies. DC butterflies, it seems, depend more on the flowers are warmth than they do for area.
Tourists can keep their eyes on flowers as well as monuments and come away with nice pictures.
This introduction to DC butterflies divides the species into families and subsequently wing color. The limited number of butterfly pictures presented are supplemented by a more detailed field guide found by pressing the green butterfly button.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Pieridae is the formal name of the family that consists of the butterflies with white wings and yellow wings. Most states have more of the yellow butterfly species, Washington DC is no exception.
In the white butterflies category the Cabbage White is going to be the most conspicuous species. The caterpillars feed on plants in the cabbage family. Since they are very popular garden vegetbles, Cabbage White butterflies fly throughout the city’s neighborhoods from spring through fall.
The top picture shows a Sleepy Orange butterfly. It’s a southern species and during the summer when DC is a more sleepy type of town, it fits in perfectly.
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
A small territory partially explains Washington DC butterflies and the limited number of blue butterfly species. Otherwise, it has a healthy number of Hairstreak butterflies and Copper Butterflies. The picture shows a Red-banded Hairstreak.
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
The Common Buckeye butterfly is so common, it shows up in residential areas around the country. Visitors to Washington DC will feel right at home when they spot one.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
Washington DC Butterflies: Swallowtails
As tourists walk through the nation’s capital city, they can stay on the lookout for Spicebush. It’s the larval plant for Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies. The picture shows a caterpillar. Following tradition, many of the swallowtail caterpillars have a funky look.
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Zebra Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Spicebush Swallowtail
- Palamedes Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail