Here is some helpful information found on the internet that can help you differentiate butterflies from moths.


    - "Sugar scoop" antennae ends = Skipper (butterfly)

    - Balled ends = Butterfly

    - Simple or complex ends = Moth



  1. BulletAll Leps Barcode of Life: From this fascinating website: “This site is the on-line home of an effort that employe DNA barcoding to advance the identification and discovery of Lepidoptera.” Even rank amateurs can contribute here. Directions are on the website.

  2. BulletThe real differences between a butterfly and a moth. gardenofeaden 

  3. BulletBug Eric - Our friend Eric Eaton has an excellent blog on all things ‘insect’.

  4. BulletBugGuide.net This is a vast website with data on most known North American insects including butterflies and moths. It can greatly facilitate identification of the ‘bugs’ you see but don’t know (yet). We use this indispensable resource all the time.

  5. BulletButterflies and Moths of North America: Another extremely useful site specializing in identifying butterflies and moths. The home page is HERE

  6. BulletStart a Butterfly Garden of your own. It is both beautiful and functional. And, it’s also wonderful for your spirit and peace of mind.

  7. BulletDiscover Life Butterfly Guide: Part of their All Living Things guides.

  8. BulletLinks to Butterfly websites from Butterfliesandmoths.org

  9. BulletPlants to attract butterflies. From wildnj

  10. BulletMothGuide.com: Dedicated to Moths (what else?). A new site which may still be under construction.

  11. BulletPlanting for butterflies: from a great website…Gardens with Wings


(If you know of more resources, please let us know so we can list them here.)

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.— Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)


The moth and me, we both agree

on one important thing:

the blooms and trees and summer breeze,

they cause our hearts to sing.

BUTTERFLIES


  1. *Species identified and photographed in New Jersey are noted in GREEN on a yellow background. Species photographed elsewhere are so noted.


Butterfly photo order conforms to the taxonomic groups as listed on their website by Butterflies and Moths of North America.


Butterfly photos (right) will appear in taxonomic order as listed below.


Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Lycaenidae)                          (0)

    Harvesters (Miletinae)


Swallowtails and Parnassians (Papilionidae)               (3)

    Parnassians (Parnassiinae)

    Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

  1. -Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 20

  2. -Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) 28

  3. -Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)


Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae) (pps. 46-77)               (2)

    Mimic-Whites (Dismorphiinae)

    Whites (Pierinae)

    Sulphurs (Coliadinae)

  1. -Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) 60

  2. -Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) 74


Coppers and Harvester (Lycaeninae) (pps. 80-91)      (2)

  1. -American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) 80

  2. -Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis) 88


Hairstreaks (Theclinae) (pps. 92-123)                         (4)

  1. -Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) 92

  2. "Southern" Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius favonius) 96

  3. -Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum) 100

  4. -Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) 102


Blues (Polyommatinae) (pps. 124-141)                     (2)

  1. Cupido

  2. -Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) 124

  3. Azures (Celastrina)

  4. -Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 130


Metalmarks (Riodinidae) (pps. 142-151)


Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)


Longwings and Fritillaries (pps. 154-175)                (2 )

  1. Zebra Heliconian Helconius charithonia) 154

  2. Great-spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) 158


Crescents and Checkerspots (pps. 176-195)             (2)

  1. Crescents (Phyciodes)

  2. -Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) 176

  3. -Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) 180


Typical Brushfoots (pps. 196-229)                           (15)

  1. Commas, Question Mark (Polygonia)

  2. -Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 196

  3. -Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) 202

  4. -West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella) 204

  5. -Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) 206

  6. -White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) 208

  7. -White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis) 210

  8. -Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) 210

  9. -Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) 210

  10. - Viceroy - Hodges #4523 (Limenitis archippus)

  11. -Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis) 222

  12. -Tawny Emperor(Asterocampa clyton clyton) 222

  13. -American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) 222

   Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae)

  1. -Monarch-1 (Danaus plexippus) 226

  2. -Queen Butterfly - Hodges #4615 (Danaus gilippus) 228


Satyrs (pps. 230-253)                                                 (1)

  1. -Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) 236


Spread-wing Skippers (pps. 256-299)                       (3)

  1. -Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) 256

  2. - Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus) 262

  3. -Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) 268


Grass Skippers (pps. 300-357)                                (12)

    Firetips (Pyrrhopyginae)

    Spread-wing Skippers (Pyrginae)

  1. Duskywings (Erynnis)

  2. -Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) 280

  3. -Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 280

  4. -Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) 286

  5. -Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis) 288

  6. Tropical Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus oileus) 288

    Grass Skippers (Hesperiinae)

  1. -Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) 302

  2. -Sachem Skipper (Atalopedes campestris) 302

  3. -Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor) 304

  4. -Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius) 322

  5. -Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) 324

  6. -Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon) 330

  7. -Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator) 332

    Giant-Skippers (Megathyminae)


Giant Skippers (pps. 358-363)                             (0)

Photos NOT to scale.

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