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Butterflies of California, United States

The BAMONA database currently includes verified sighting records for 270 butterfly species from this region.
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Hesperiidae Skippers

Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus exadeus Broken Silverdrop
Polygonus leo Hammock Skipper
Urbanus proteus Long-tailed Skipper
Urbanus dorantes Dorantes Longtail
Urbanus simplicius Plain Longtail
Urbanus procne Brown Longtail
Thorybes pylades Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes diversus Western Cloudywing
Thorybes mexicana Mexican Cloudywing
Cogia calchas Mimosa Skipper
Staphylus ceos Golden-headed Scallopwing
Systasea zampa Arizona Powdered Skipper
Erynnis icelus Dreamy Duskywing
Erynnis brizo Sleepy Duskywing
Erynnis propertius Propertius Duskywing
Erynnis meridianus Meridian Duskywing
Erynnis tristis Mournful Duskywing
Erynnis pacuvius Pacuvius Duskywing
Erynnis funeralis Funereal Duskywing
Erynnis afranius Afranius Duskywing
Erynnis persius Persius Duskywing
Pyrgus ruralis Two-banded Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus scriptura Small Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus albescens White Checkered-Skipper
Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White-Skipper
Heliopetes ericetorum Northern White-Skipper
Pholisora catullus Common Sootywing
Hesperopsis libya Mohave Sootywing
Hesperopsis alpheus Saltbush Sootywing
Hesperopsis gracielae MacNeill's Sootywing
Carterocephalus palaemon Arctic Skipper
Piruna pirus Russet Skipperling
Nastra julia Julia's Skipper
Cymaenes trebius Fawn-spotted Skipper
Copaeodes aurantiaca Orange Skipperling
Hylephila phyleus Fiery Skipper
Pseudocopaeodes eunus Alkali Skipper
Hesperia uncas Uncas Skipper
Hesperia juba Juba Skipper
Hesperia colorado Western Branded Skipper
Hesperia pahaska Pahaska Skipper
Hesperia columbia Columbian Skipper
Hesperia lindseyi Lindsey's Skipper
Hesperia miriamae Sierra Skipper
Hesperia nevada Nevada Skipper
Polites carus Carus Skipper
Polites sabuleti Sandhill Skipper
Polites mardon Mardon Skipper
Polites themistocles Tawny-edged Skipper
Polites sonora Sonora Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides Woodland Skipper
Ochlodes agricola Rural Skipper
Ochlodes yuma Yuma Skipper
Poanes melane Umber Skipper
Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper
Amblyscirtes vialis Common Roadside-Skipper
Lerodea eufala Eufala Skipper
Calpodes ethlius Brazilian Skipper
Panoquina errans Wandering Skipper
Nyctelius nyctelius Violet-banded Skipper
Agathymus gentryi Gentry's Giant-Skipper
Agathymus stephensi California Giant-Skipper
Agathymus alliae Mojave Giant-Skipper
Megathymus yuccae Yucca Giant-Skipper

Papilionidae Parnassians and Swallowtails

Parnassius clodius Clodius Parnassian
Parnassius behrii Sierra Nevada Parnassian
Parnassius smintheus Rocky Mountain Parnassian
Battus philenor Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus polydamas Polydamas Swallowtail
Papilio machaon Old World Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes Black Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon Anise Swallowtail
Papilio indra Indra Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon Pale Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudata Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes Giant Swallowtail

Pieridae Whites and Sulphurs

Anthocharis cethura Desert Orangetip
Anthocharis sara Pacific Orangetip
Anthocharis stella Stella Orangetip
Anthocharis julia Southern Rocky Mountain Orangetip
Anthocharis thoosa Southwestern Orangetip
Euchloe ausonides Large Marble
Euchloe lotta Desert Marble
Euchloe hyantis California Marble
Neophasia menapia Pine White
Pieris marginalis Margined White
Pieris rapae Cabbage White
Pontia beckerii Becker's White
Pontia protodice Checkered White
Pontia occidentalis Western White
Pontia sisymbrii Spring White
Colias philodice Clouded Sulphur
Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur
Colias occidentalis Western Sulphur
Colias alexandra Queen Alexandra's Sulphur
Colias harfordii Harford's Sulphur
Colias behrii Sierra Sulphur
Zerene cesonia Southern Dogface
Zerene eurydice California Dogface
Phoebis sennae Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis philea Orange-barred Sulphur
Kricogonia lyside Lyside Sulphur
Eurema boisduvaliana Boisduval's Yellow
Eurema mexicana Mexican Yellow
Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow
Pyrisitia nise Mimosa Yellow
Abaeis nicippe Sleepy Orange
Nathalis iole Dainty Sulphur

Lycaenidae Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Lycaena arota Tailed Copper
Lycaena phlaeas American Copper
Lycaena cupreus Lustrous Copper
Lycaena xanthoides Great Copper
Lycaena editha Edith's Copper
Lycaena gorgon Gorgon Copper
Lycaena rubidus Ruddy Copper
Lycaena heteronea Blue Copper
Lycaena helloides Purplish Copper
Lycaena nivalis Lilac-bordered Copper
Lycaena mariposa Mariposa Copper
Lycaena hermes Hermes Copper
Habrodais grunus Golden Hairstreak
Atlides halesus Great Purple Hairstreak
Callophrys affinis Western Green Hairstreak
Callophrys dumetorum Coastal Green Hairstreak
Callophrys lemberti 'Alpine' Sheridan's Hairstreak
Callophrys sheridanii Sheridan's Green Hairstreak
Callophrys sheridanii comstocki Desert Green Hairstreak
Callophrys nelsoni Nelson's Hairstreak
Callophrys thornei Thorne's Juniper
Callophrys muiri Muir's Hairstreak
Callophrys gryneus Juniper Hairstreak
Callophrys spinetorum Thicket Hairstreak
Callophrys johnsoni Johnson's Hairstreak
Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin
Callophrys mossii Moss' Elfin
Callophrys fotis Desert Elfin
Callophrys polios Hoary Elfin
Callophrys eryphon Western Pine Elfin
Kisutam sillus Sky-blue Groundstreak
Satyrium titus Coral Hairstreak
Satyrium californica California Hairstreak
Satyrium sylvinus Sylvan Hairstreak
Satyrium calanus Banded Hairstreak
Satyrium auretorum Gold-hunter's Hairstreak
Satyrium tetra Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak
Satyrium saepium Hedgerow Hairstreak
Satyrium behrii Behr's Hairstreak
Satyrium fuliginosum Sooty Hairstreak
Satyrium semiluna Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak
Chlorostrymon simaethis Silver-banded Hairstreak
Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak
Strymon avalona Avalon Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon istapa Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Ministrymon leda Leda Ministreak
Leptotes marina Marine Blue
Brephidium exilis Western Pygmy-Blue
Cupido comyntas Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido amyntula Western Tailed-Blue
Celastrina echo Echo Azure
Glaucopsyche piasus Arrowhead Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus Silvery Blue
Philotes sonorensis Sonoran Blue
Philotiella speciosa Small Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes battoides Western Square-dotted Blue
Euphilotes centralis Central Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes bernardino Bernardino Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes intermedia Intermediate Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes ellisi Ellis' Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes baueri Bauer's Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes enoptes Pacific Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes ancilla Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes mojave Mojave Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes pallescens Pallid Dotted-Blue
Hemiargus ceraunus Ceraunus Blue
Echinargus isola Reakirt's Blue
Plebejus anna Anna's Blue
Plebejus melissa Melissa Blue (includes Karner Blue)
Plebejus saepiolus Greenish Blue
Plebejus emigdionis San Emigdio Blue
Plebejus icarioides Boisduval's Blue
Plebejus shasta Shasta Blue
Plebejus acmon Acmon Blue
Plebejus lupini Lupine Blue
Plebejus neurona Veined Blue
Plebejus podarce Sierra Nevada Blue
Plebejus cassiope Cassiope Blue
Plebejus fridayi Friday's Blue

Riodinidae Metalmarks

Calephelis nemesis Fatal Metalmark
Calephelis wrighti Wright's Metalmark
Apodemia mormo Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia virgulti Behr's Metalmark
Apodemia mejicanus Sonoran Metalmark
Apodemia palmeri Palmer's Metalmark

Nymphalidae Brush-footed Butterflies

Libytheana carinenta American Snout
Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary
Heliconius charithonia Zebra Heliconian
Euptoieta claudia Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta hegesia Mexican Fritillary
Speyeria cybele Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria nokomis Nokomis Fritillary
Speyeria coronis Coronis Fritillary
Speyeria zerene Zerene Fritillary
Speyeria callippe Callippe Fritillary
Speyeria egleis Great Basin Fritillary
Speyeria adiaste Unsilvered Fritillary
Speyeria hesperis Northwestern Fritillary
Speyeria hydaspe Hydaspe Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia Mormon Fritillary
Boloria epithore Pacific Fritillary
Limenitis lorquini Lorquin's Admiral
Limenitis weidemeyerii Weidemeyer's Admiral
Adelpha eulalia Arizona Sister
Adelpha californica California Sister
Asterocampa celtis Hackberry Emperor
Myscelia cyananthe Blackened Bluewing
Poladryas minuta Dotted Checkerspot
Poladryas arachne Arachne Checkerspot
Chlosyne leanira Leanira Checkerspot
Chlosyne californica California Patch
Chlosyne lacinia Bordered Patch
Chlosyne hoffmanni Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Chlosyne whitneyi Rockslide Checkerspot
Chlosyne acastus Sagebrush Checkerspot
Chlosyne gabbii Gabb's Checkerspot
Chlosyne palla Northern Checkerspot
Dymasia dymas Tiny Checkerspot
Phyciodes orseis California Crescent
Phyciodes mylitta Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes phaon Phaon Crescent
Phyciodes tharos Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes pulchella Field Crescent
Anthanassa texana Texan Crescent
Euphydryas editha Edith's Checkerspot
Euphydryas chalcedona Chalcedon Checkerspot
Euphydryas anicia Anicia Checkerspot
Euphydryas colon Colon Checkerspot
Junonia coenia Common Buckeye
Junonia evarete Tropical Buckeye
Polygonia satyrus Satyr Comma
Polygonia faunus Green Comma
Polygonia gracilis Hoary Comma
Polygonia progne Gray Comma
Polygonia oreas Oreas Comma
Aglais milberti Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis vaualbum Compton Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis antiopa Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis californica California Tortoiseshell
Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui Painted Lady
Vanessa annabella West Coast Lady
Vanessa virginiensis American Lady
Coenonympha tullia Common Ringlet
Neominois ridingsii Ridings' Satyr
Oeneis chryxus Chryxus Arctic
Oeneis nevadensis Great Arctic
Cercyonis pegala Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis meadii Mead's Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis sthenele Great Basin Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus Small Wood-Nymph