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A Pictorial Guide To The Butterflies Of Southern Illinois

Of the approximate 100 different species of Butterflies that are found in the state of Illinois, at least 60 species can be spotted in the sheltered, river-surrounded area that is Southern Illinois. With both the Shawnee National Forest and the Ohio River as boundaries, these formidable fences apparently create somewhat of an impasse for a wider variety of Butterflies to appear here. That said, these are the species I have personally witnessed first-hand here in the south-eastern part of Illinois, specifically in White County. All photographs are by me unless otherwise noted.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus

 male                          black form female

Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes

 male                          female                       female

Spicebush Swallowtail - Papilio troilus


Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor


Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes

Zebra Swallowtail - Eurytides marcellus

 photo by Will Chatfield-Taylor

Whites and Sulphurs:
Cabbage White - Pieris rapae

 female                       female                       male, left, and female

Checkered White - Pontia protodice

 male                          female

Mustard White - Pieris oleracea

Falcate Orangetip - Anthocharis midea

 male                          female

Orange Sulphur - Colias eurytheme

 female                                                        white form female

Clouded Sulphur - Colias philodice

                                  white form female

Cloudless Sulphur - Phoebis sennae


Dainty Sulphur - Nathalis iole

Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa

Bronze Copper - Lycaena hyllus

 male                          female

Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus

Banded Hairstreak - Satyrium calanus

Red-Banded Hairstreak - Calycopis cecrops

Juniper Hairstreak - Callophrys gryneus

Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas

 male                          female                       male

Spring Azure - Celastrina serotina


Summer Azure - Celastrina neglecta

Variegated Fritillary - Euptoieta claudia

Great Spangled Fritillary - Speyeria cybele

Crescents and Checkerspots
Pearl Crescent - Phyciodes tharos

 male                          female                       female

Northern Crescent - Phyciodes cocyta

Silvery Checkerspot - Chlosyne nycteis

Monarch - Danaus plexippus

 male                          female                       female

Viceroy - Limenitis archippus


Red-Spotted Purple Admiral - Limenitis arthemis

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

American Lady - Vanessa virginiensis

Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui

Common Buckeye - Junonia coenia

Hackberry Emperor - Asterocampa celtis

Tawny Emperor - Asterocampa clyton

Eastern Comma - Polygonia comma

Question Mark - Polygonia interrogationis

 summer form             winter form

American Snout Butterfly - Libytheana carinenta


Mourning Cloak - Nymphalis antiopa

 photo by Charles Schurch Lewallen

Gemmed Satyr - Cyllopsis gemma

Appalachian Brown - Satyrodes appalachia

Northern Pearly Eye - Enodia anthedon

 photo by John and Jane Balaban

Spread-Wing Skippers:
Juvenal's Duskywing - Erynnis juvenalis

Horace's Duskywing - Erynnis horatius

Wild Indigo Duskywing - Erynnis baptisiae

Silver-Spotted Skipper - Epargyreus clarus

Common Checkered Skipper - Pyrgus communis

 female                       female

Common Sootywing - Pholisora catullus

Hayhurst's Scallopwing - Staphylus hayhurstii

 male                          male

Grass Skippers:
Fiery Skipper - Hylephila phyleus

 male                          male                          female

Sachem Skipper - Atalopedes campestris

 male                          female

Least Skipper - Ancyloxypha numitor

Peck's Skipper - Politas coras


Tawny-Edged Skipper - Polites themistocles

Crossline Skipper - Polites origenes

Dun Skipper - Euphyes vestris

 male                          male, left, and female

Black Dash Skipper - Euphyes conspicua

Northern Broken Dash Skipper - Wallengrenia egeremet

Zabulon Skipper - Poanes zabulon

 male                          female                       male

As always, I strive for this guide to be as accurate as possible, but there might be some Butterflies I've mis-identified. If any innaccuracies are spotted, please let me know.