Common Butterflies of
North America

You probably can count Common Butterflies in your backyard on your hands.

There are roughly 20,000 kinds butterflies worldwide.

More than 700 species live in North America north of the Mexican border.

It is estimated that 130 of these species occur as vagrants or strays.

Mainly along the Texas and Mexico border.

That leaves about 570 species found with some regularity and some of of these butterflies live in limited regions and are on the endangered species list.

Lists for your state or province may vary from a handful of butterflies, a 100 different species or you can be in Texas where more than 400 species of butterflies are on record.

With all these butterflies, only a few may be considered common or at least considered Common Butterflies in your gardens.

The Monarch may be the most recognized butterfly in North America, but the Painted Lady cover more area geographically.

The Viceroy is a mimic

There are six species of swallowtails, do you know which ones you have?

Not all butterflies are big and beautiful, however. A majority of of our butterflies are small and plain in color.

Common you might say.

They don't stick out.

Spicebush swallowtail

They don't make a splash.

There is nothing ostentatious about many of these butterflies.

Once you know what to look for and where to look, you can add these winged wonders to your list and maybe attract these butterflies in your flower gardens.

Monarch Migration South

Monarch Facts


Anise Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallow

Pipevine Swallowtail

Spicebush swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Checkered White

Clouded Sulfur

American Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Pearl Crescent

Common Buckeye

Spring Azure


Gulf Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Gray Hairstreak

Endangered Species of Butterflies.

Karner Blue

Attract these Common Butterflies as well as the Not So Common

Butterfly's Appearance

Butterfly Plants

Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Friendly Yard

Butterflies Mating

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