When you look out your window in the spring and summer, you may see butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Not only are butterflies beautiful because of their vivid colors and markings, but they are important because they help pollinate plants. As they move among the blooms, they transfer pollen on their bodies. Both the United States and Great Britain have a huge variety of butterflies that live in natural areas.
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail: This butterfly exists in the mountains and in lower elevations, and it likes to fly around gardens and trees in the western United States.
  • Butterfly Identification Guide: Click the boxes here to help figure out the name of a butterfly you've seen and learn more about it.
  • Long-Tailed Skipper: If you live in southern Florida or Texas, you have probably seen the Long-Tailed Skipper butterfly. These butterflies like to visit bougainvillea plants for nectar.
  • Western Pygmy Blue: The Western Pygmy Blue butterfly is the smallest butterfly in the United States. From wingtip to wingtip, this butterfly measures about a half-inch.
  • Cabbage White: The Cabbage White butterfly is very common in the United States. You can identify this butterfly by its white wings, smudges at the tips, and black dots.
  • The Red Admiral: If you explore parks throughout the United States, you may see Red Admiral butterflies. They like to live around water and woodsy areas.
  • Swallowtail Butterflies: Swallowtails live in the Upper Midwest, including Giant Swallowtails, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, and Spicebush Swallowtails.
  • Monarch Butterflies: Monarch butterflies live all over the United States. These butterflies need milkweed plants as their host plants.
  • The Black Hairstreak: When the sun is shining, you might see a Black Hairstreak butterfly in the UK. This butterfly has bright orange spots on its back underwings.
  • Dingy Skipper: The Dingy Skipper lives in northern Scotland and in Ireland as well as in central and southern England.
  • Orange Tip: Springtime in Britain and Ireland usually brings out the Orange Tip butterflies. You will see them in gardens, on the edges of woods, and in damp areas.
  • Green-Veined White: This white butterfly has pretty green veins showing on its wings. You will see the Green-Veined White on the banks of rivers and ponds and in damp moorlands and woodlands.
  • White Admiral: The White Admiral likes to live in woodlands in southern England and southeastern Wales. This butterfly likes cool habitats.
  • Peacock Butterflies: Bright colors and stunning markings make it easy to spot Peacock butterflies. You can find Peacocks in gardens and meadows.
  • Guava Skipper: The Guava Skipper lives in southern Texas. This butterfly is dark with bright orange spots on its wings.
  • Butterflies of North America: This graphic shows 42 different kinds of butterflies that live in North America.
  • Giant-Skipper: Giant-Skippers like to live in dry regions in southwestern states. They live around yuccas and agave plants.
  • Queen Butterflies: Queen butterflies look a lot like Monarchs. These butterflies live in southwestern states.
  • American Lady Butterfly: American Lady butterflies live throughout North America. You will find bright colors on this butterfly, including black, white, orange, and blue.
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot: These butterflies live in western United States, and they like to live in woody areas.
  • Harvester Coppers: Harvester Coppers like to live in damp areas, and they tend to live near areas with white clover and butterflyweed plants.
  • Pearl Crescent: The Pearl Crescent lives in a wide area of the eastern and southern United States. This butterfly has a bright pattern of orange and brown on its wings.
  • American Copper: Bright orange and black dots contrast against light-colored wings, making it easy to spot the American Copper butterfly.
  • Dotted Skipper and Other Endangered Butterflies: The Dotted Skipper is an endangered butterfly that lives in the eastern and southern parts of the United States.
  • Common Morpho Butterfly: This blue and black butterfly has vivid blue across its wings with black edges.
  • Butterflies in the United States: The United States is home to around 750 species of butterflies, including more than 200 different types of Skipper butterflies. Skippers got their name because of the way they fly.
  • Yellow Butterflies: The United States has many butterflies. The Three-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail has bright yellow and black markings on its wings, and it lives in southwestern states.
  • Acadian Hairstreak: The Acadian Hairstreak lives in the northwestern and northeastern United States. This butterfly has gray wings with red and black markings.
  • Mustard White: This dainty butterfly is completely white in color. It lives in northeastern United States.
  • Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak: The Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak has a drab brown color, and it eats vegetation from oak trees. These butterflies like to live in mountains and foothills in California.
Article written by Lexi Westingate
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