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Butterflies and Moths of San Mateo County, California, United States

The BAMONA database currently includes verified sighting records for 162 butterfly and moth species from this region.
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Hesperiidae Skippers

Thorybes pylades Northern Cloudywing
Erynnis propertius Propertius Duskywing
Erynnis tristis Mournful Duskywing
Erynnis pacuvius Pacuvius Duskywing
Pyrgus ruralis Two-banded Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus scriptura Small Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis Common Checkered-Skipper
Heliopetes ericetorum Northern White-Skipper
Hylephila phyleus Fiery Skipper
Hesperia juba Juba Skipper
Hesperia colorado Western Branded Skipper
Hesperia columbia Columbian Skipper
Hesperia lindseyi Lindsey's Skipper
Polites sabuleti Sandhill Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides Woodland Skipper
Ochlodes agricola Rural Skipper
Poanes melane Umber Skipper
Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper
Lerodea eufala Eufala Skipper

Papilionidae Parnassians and Swallowtails

Parnassius clodius Clodius Parnassian
Battus philenor Pipevine Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon Anise Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon Pale Swallowtail

Pieridae Whites and Sulphurs

Anthocharis sara Pacific Orangetip
Euchloe ausonides Large Marble
Pieris marginalis Margined White
Pieris rapae Cabbage White
Pontia protodice Checkered White
Pontia sisymbrii Spring White
Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur
Zerene eurydice California Dogface
Phoebis sennae Cloudless Sulphur
Pyrisitia nise Mimosa Yellow
Nathalis iole Dainty Sulphur

Lycaenidae Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Lycaena arota Tailed Copper
Lycaena xanthoides Great Copper
Lycaena gorgon Gorgon Copper
Lycaena heteronea Blue Copper
Lycaena helloides Purplish Copper
Habrodais grunus Golden Hairstreak
Atlides halesus Great Purple Hairstreak
Callophrys affinis Western Green Hairstreak
Callophrys dumetorum Coastal Green Hairstreak
Callophrys spinetorum Thicket Hairstreak
Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin
Callophrys mossii Moss' Elfin
Callophrys eryphon Western Pine Elfin
Satyrium californica California Hairstreak
Satyrium sylvinus Sylvan Hairstreak
Satyrium auretorum Gold-hunter's Hairstreak
Satyrium tetra Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak
Satyrium saepium Hedgerow Hairstreak
Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak
Leptotes marina Marine Blue
Brephidium exilis Western Pygmy-Blue
Cupido comyntas Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido amyntula Western Tailed-Blue
Celastrina echo Echo Azure
Glaucopsyche lygdamus Silvery Blue
Euphilotes enoptes Pacific Dotted-Blue
Echinargus isola Reakirt's Blue
Plebejus melissa Melissa Blue (includes Karner Blue)
Plebejus saepiolus Greenish Blue
Plebejus icarioides Boisduval's Blue
Plebejus acmon Acmon Blue

Riodinidae Metalmarks

Apodemia mormo Mormon Metalmark

Nymphalidae Brush-footed Butterflies

Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary
Speyeria coronis Coronis Fritillary
Speyeria zerene Zerene Fritillary
Speyeria callippe Callippe Fritillary
Speyeria adiaste Unsilvered Fritillary
Boloria epithore Pacific Fritillary
Limenitis lorquini Lorquin's Admiral
Adelpha californica California Sister
Chlosyne leanira Leanira Checkerspot
Chlosyne palla Northern Checkerspot
Phyciodes mylitta Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes pulchella Field Crescent
Euphydryas editha Edith's Checkerspot
Euphydryas chalcedona Chalcedon Checkerspot
Junonia coenia Common Buckeye
Polygonia satyrus Satyr Comma
Polygonia faunus Green 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
Cercyonis pegala Common Wood-Nymph

Saturniidae Wild Silk Moths

Hemileuca eglanterina Western sheepmoth
Antheraea polyphemus Polyphemus moth
Hyalophora euryalus Ceanothus silkmoth
Saturnia mendocino Mendocino saturnia moth

Sphingidae Sphinx Moths, Hawkmoths

Manduca sexta Carolina sphinx
Smerinthus cerisyi One-eyed sphinx
Sphinx sequoiae Sequoia sphinx
Hyles lineata White-lined Sphinx
Proserpinus clarkiae Clark's sphinx

Noctuidae Owlet Moths, Miller Moths

Erebidae Erebid Moths

Clemensia albata Little White Lichen Moth
Ctenucha rubroscapus Red-Shouldered Ctenucha
Grammia ornata Ornate Tiger Moth
Hemihyalea edwardsii Edwards' Glassywing
Hyphantria cunea Fall Webworm Moth
Lophocampa argentata Silver-Spotted Tiger Moth
Lophocampa maculata Spotted Tussock Moth or Yellow-Spotted Tiger Moth
Platyprepia virginalis Ranchman's Tiger Moth
Spilosoma vagans Wandering Tiger Moth
Spilosoma vestalis Vestal Tiger Moth
Ascalapha odorata Black Witch

Oecophoridae Concealer Moths

Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth

Elachistidae Grass Miner Moths

Agonopterix alstroemeriana Poison Hemlock Moth

Crambidae Crambid Snout Moths

Geometridae Geometer Moths, Looper Moths

Campaea perlata Pale Beauty
Melanolophia imitata Western Carpet