They’re everywhere! If you have a butterfly bush, butterfly weed, or milkweed, you definately have butterflies. And if you don’t, you’ll probably still see them floating in the air, without a care. No sense in re-inventing the wheel; information on the butterfly is everywhere. So, here is a slideshow of 40 photographs containing some local butterflies hanging out in the Philadelphia region doin’ what they do.
Artogeia rapae – Cabbage White– One of the most popular butterflies in PA. You can identify a male by one black spot on forewing and females have two spots on forewing.
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral- Like rotting fruit and will eat off the ground. Example: Mulberries
Pterourus glaucus – Tiger Swallowtail– The largest butterflies in the Philadelphia region with no competition until Monarchs are grown in autumn. They hang out at the top of the trees such as wild cherry trees, tulip trees and butterfly bushes.
Speyeria cybele – Great Spangled Fritillary – Most can only be seen in spring because they only populate once per summer. Many have silver spangles on their wings. They disappear in the hot summer under bark and leaves and won’t re-appear until the fall. They lay eggs near violets.
Erynnis horatius- Horace’s Duskywing
The larva is found in oak trees. This patterned butterfly loves lantana. Its larva host plant is an oak tree.
Fritillary includes a large variety of butterflies whose caterpillars feed on violets and on passion flowers.
Papilio Troilus – Spicebush Swallowtail
While feeding, these butterflies flutter their wings continuously while feeding. They love sassafras trees, and spice bushes.
Colias eurytheme – Orange Sulfur
The orange sulfurs and common sulfurs are very similar, and interbreeding makes it hard to classify them.
Polites coras – Yellowpatch Skippers
Also called Peck’s skippers, these tiny folded-wing butterflies live on grass and are easy to spot due to their bright colors.
Epargyreus clarus – Silver-Spotted Skipper
You’ll spot a lot of these in the yard. They are small and fast and can be found on coneflower and butterfly bushes. When they feed, they usually close their wings.
Vanessa virginiensis – American Painted Lady
This species, also called “Hunter’s Butterfly” is widespread, and has also been known as “Hunter’s Butterfly.”
Papilio polyxenes – Black Swallowtail
Females have large patches of blue with little yellow, and males have much more yellow and less blue.
Phyciodes tharos – Pearly Crescentspot – You can find these butterflies in pastures, on the edge of roads, vacant lots, fields, open pine woods.
For more on Pennsylvania Butterflies:
List of PA butterflies
List of Nectar plants that Attract Butterflies
List of Host plants that attract Butterflies
Butterfly Amazing Fact Sheet
Children’s Butterfly and Moth Website
For more on the Monarch Butterfly:
National Wildlife Federation
Monarch Butterflies Journey North
Monarch Butterfly Website
More on Monarch Butterfly Migration
Defenders of Wildlife
Insecta Inspecta World
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