Insects of Iowa

Butterflies of Iowa

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The butterfly photos are from specimens in the collections of Dennis Schlicht. I have also included photos by Mark Brown, Nate Brockman and myself.

Butterfly List - PDF 

Butterfly Distribution Maps - PDF 

Hesperidae - Skippers
                Pyrginae - Spread-wing Skippers   
                Hesperiinae - Grass Skippers   

Papilionidae - Swallowtails   
Pieridae - Whites and Sulphurs

                Pierinae - Whites
                Colianidae - Sulphurs

Lycaenidae - Gossamer-wing Butterflies
                Miletinae - Harvesters
                Lycaeninae - Coppers
                Theclinae - Hairstreaks
                Polyommatinae - Blues

Nymphalidae - Brush-footed Butterflies
                Libytheinae - Snouts
                Heliconiinae - Heliconians /Fritillaries
                Nymphalinae - True Brush-foots
                Limenitidinae - Admirals and Relatives
                Charaxinae - Leafwings
                Apaturinae - Emperors
                Satyrinae - Satyrs
                Danainae - Monarchs

Butterfly Life Cycles

Ancyloxypha numitor / Least Skipper

Vanessa virginiensis / American Lady

Atalopedes campestris / Sachem 

Epargyreus clarus / Silver-spotted Skipper

Junonia coenia / Common Buckeye

Polites peckius / Peck's Skipper

Polites themistocles / Tawny-edged Skipper

Papilio cresphontes /Giant Swallowtail

Battus philenor, Pipevine Swallowtail

Chlosyne nycteis, Slivery Checkerspot