Wyoming Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

picture of a Northern Checkerspot butterfly, part of the Wyoming butterflies series

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Despite the more northern climate, Wyoming geography, especially the presence of the Rocky Mountains, makes it a fairly good state for butterfly diversity. Visitors can come away with many picture memories by keeping an eye on the flowers around them.

Yellowstone National Park, for example has 134 documented species. Anyone planning a Fourth of July visit to the park might want to check out the annual butterfly count.

The number of species documented year to year changes depending on weather conditions and flight seasons for butterfly seasons. Anywhere between thirty five and sixty some species can be found in the park during the summer season.

This introduction to Wyoming butterflies provides a list of the documented species in the state along with a handful of butterfly pictures.

Please press the green butterflies button for additional pictures and information.

Butterflies: Whites and Yellows

picture of a Western White butterfly, part of the Wyoming butterflies series
Diversity in Pieridae species is a treat that all Wyoming visitors ought not miss. The family breaks down into the butterflies with white wings and yellow wings. Most states have more of the yellow butterfly species.

The picture shows a Western White butterfly. It’s common in all of Wyoming.

The Orangetips are usually spring flyers that can be found in all elevations. Tourists need to remember that spring comes later to the mountains than to the valleys so the Orangetips arrive in the mountains in midseason.

The Olympia Marble is common in the East, so visitors might want to keep and eye out for the Large Marble. It’s the most common marble species and has a state wide range.

picture of a Clouded Sulphur butterfly, part of the Wyoming butterflies series
Tourists interested in adding a new yellow butterfly to the list might want to visit the mountains where the Mead’s Sulphur shows itself in a subalpine environment.

The picture shows a Clouded Sulphur, a common species across the fields of the United States.

Stella Orangetip
Southern Rocky Mountain
Southwestern Orangetip
Large Marble
Olympia Marble
Desert Marble
Pine White
Margined White
Cabbage White
Becker’s White
Checkered White
Western White
Spring White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Christina Sulphur
Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur
Mead’s Sulphur
Scudder’s Sulphur
Giant Sulphur
Pelidne Sulphur
Pink-edged Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Mexican Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur

Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers

picture of a Behr's Hairstreak butterfly, Wyoming butterflies
The Wyoming butterflies list also shows a nice balance as well as great diversity of blue butterflies, hairstreak butterflies and copper butterflies.

Hairstreak butterflies are very popular in the state. The green Sheridan’s hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii) is the official Wyoming butterfly.

The picture shows a Behr’s Hairstreak a resident of places in the state where a few of the members of the Rose family grow. The list of Hairstreak butterflies is similar to other Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast States.

picture of a pair of Boisduval Blue butterflies, Wyoming butterflies
Many of the blue butterflies of the state are also common in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast areas. The picture shows a par of Boisduval Blue.

Marine Blue
Western Pygmy-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Western Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Northern Azure
Summer Azure
Echo Azure
Arrowhead Blue
Silvery Blue
Western Square-dotted Blue
Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue
Rita Dotted-Blue
Reakirt’s Blue
Northern Blue
Melissa Blue
Greenish Blue
Boisduval’s Blue
Shasta Blue
Acmon Blue
Lupine Blue
Arctic Blue
Rustic’ Arctic Blue
Colorado Hairstreak
Western Green Hairstreak
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
Juniper Hairstreak
Thicket Hairstreak
Brown Elfin
Moss’ Elfin
Hoary Elfin
Western Pine Elfin
Coral Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
California Hairstreak
Sylvan Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Hedgerow Hairstreak
Behr’s Hairstreak
Sooty Hairstreak
Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Tailed Copper
American Copper
Lustrous Copper
Gray Copper
Edith’s Copper
Bronze Copper
Ruddy Copper
Blue Copper
Purplish Copper
Dorcas Copper
Lilac-bordered Copper
Mariposa Copper

Brush Footed Butterflies

picture of a Silver Bordered Fritillary
Fritillary butterflies account for approximately one quarter of Wyoming’s Brush Footed butterfly species. The picture shows a Silver Bordered Fritillary.

Out of state tourists might also want to keep an out out for the Arctic butterflies. Different species fly throughout the season and they are not present in most of the Midwest, Northeast and Southern states. Great gets for the butterfly life list.

Wyoming Butterflies
picture of a Green Comma butterfly
Green Comma

picture of a Satyr Comma butterfly, Wyoming butterflies
Satyr Comma

picture of an Eastern Comma butterfly
Eastern Comma

picture of an Question Mark butterfly, Wyoming butterflies
Question Mark

picture of a Mourning Cloak butterfly, Wyoming butterflies
Mourning Cloak

picture of a Northern Checkerspot butterfly
Northern Checkerspot

picture of a Callippe Fritillary butterfly
Callippe Fritillary

picture of a Hydaspe Fritillary butterfly
Hydaspe Fritillary

picture of a side view of a Northwestern Fritillary butterfly
Northwestern Fritillary

picture of a side view of a Pacific Fritillary butterfly
Pacific Fritillary

Brush footed
picture of a West Coast Lady butterfly
West Coast Lady

picture of a Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral

picture of an American Lady butterfly, side view
American Lady

picture of a side view of a Hackberry Emperor butterfly, Wyoming butterflies
Hackberry Emperor

picture of a California Tortoiseshell butterfly
California Tortoiseshell

picture of a Common Ringlet butterfly
Common Ringlet

picture of a Common Wood Nymph butterfly
Common Wood Nymph

picture of a Great Basin Wood Nymph butterfly
Grea Basin Wood Nymph

picture of a Field Crescent butterfly
Field Crescent

picture of a Mylitta Crescent butterfly
Mylitta Crescent

The pictures provide a representative sample of Wyoming’s brush-footed butterflies. Please press the butterfly button at the top of the page for additional butterfly pictures and identification help.
Brush footed
American Snout
Variegated Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Regal Fritillary
Edwards’ Fritillary
Coronis Fritillary
Zerene Fritillary
Great Basin Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Mormon Fritillary
Mountain Fritillary
Bog Fritillary
Frigga Fritillary
Dingy Fritillary
Relict Fritillary
Freija Fritillary
Arctic Fritillary
White Admiral
Dotted Checkerspot
Silvery Checkerspot
Gorgone Checkerspot
Rockslide Checkerspot
Sagebrush Checkerspot
Pale Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Northern Crescent
Tawny Crescent
Brush footed
Gillette’s Checkerspot
Edith’s Checkerspot
Chalcedon Checkerspot
Anicia Checkerspot
Common Buckeye
Hoary Comma
Gray Comma
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Eyed Brown
Hayden’s Ringlet
Little Wood-Satyr
Magdalena Alpine
Common Alpine
Yellow-dotted Alpine
Colorado Alpine
Ridings’ Satyr
Wyoming Satyr
Polixenes Arctic
Jutta Arctic
Melissa Arctic
White-veined Arctic
Chryxus Arctic
Alberta Arctic
Uhler’s Arctic
Mead’s Wood-Nymph
Small Wood-Nymph

Wyoming Butterflies: Swallowtails

picture of an Indra Swallowtail butterfly
Wyoming butterflies also count over a dozen of the large Swallowtail butterflies.

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail has the most limited range in the northwest corner of the state. Otherwise the other species have a broad, although no often a state wide range. In any event, Wyoming surely is swallowtail butterfly country.

That’s good news for tourists. They often live around residential areas, so visitors can often see them around their hotels as well as around the tourist attractions. The picture shows an Indra Swallowtail butterfly.

  • Clodius Parnassian
  • Rocky Mountain Parnassian
  • Old World Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Anise Swallowtail
  • Indra Swallowtail
  • Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Pale Swallowtail
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail

Butterflies: Metalmarks

picture of a Mormon Metalmark, Wyoming butterflies
Last, but not least of the Wyoming butterflies is the Mormon Metalmark. Most metalmarks are subtropical species. Only the Mormon metalmark makes its way as far north as the state.