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Adult Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton), photographed in White County, Tennessee; photo Stephen J. Stedman.(21 May 2002).


A fairly complete list of the butterflies of Tennessee (138 species) may be viewed below (Table 1).

    Maps displaying Tennessee counties in which each of the 138 species that have been documented at the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website may be viewed via the link below (NOTE: the maps were created by Doug Bruce and cannot be easily viewed with Internet Explorer; use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to access them; i.e., access this page with one of those browsers or the links at the page accessible via the link below may not work; many thanks go to the staff at BAMONA for allowing this use of the data from that website):

    Check-lists displaying species documented/not yet documented in all Tennessee counties at BAMONA may be viewed via the page accessible via this link (thanks are due to Doug Bruce for maintaining these check-lists, as well as to the staff of BAMONA for allowing their Tennessee data to be used in this manner):

    Information about the butterflies of Putnam County, Tennessee (94 species), may be viewed via the links below:

    A website that presents and updates much information about butterflies and moths formerly available at the website of the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website, which features a vast amount of excellent information about butterfly and moth identification and distribution; it can be accessed via this link:

    If you maintain a list of butterflies observed in your home county (in Tennessee) and if you wish to have the species added to the county list at the BAMONA website, consult the following page of this website for minimum evidence needed to document various species:

    The website for Butterflies of America and the website of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of NABA are also good butterfly resources, as is a site in North Carolina:

Table 1. Butterflies of Tennessee listed at the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website; common names generally follow the NABA Checklist (2001), while scientific names and order follow Opler and Warren (2002) and the BAMONA website.

Scientific Name Common Name
Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper

Urbanus proteus

Long-tailed Skipper
Urbanus dorantes Dorantes Longtail

Autochton cellus

Golden Banded-Skipper

Achalarus lyciades

Hoary Edge
Thorybes pylades Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes bathyllus Southern Cloudywing
Thorybes confusis Confused Cloudywing
Staphylus hayhurstii Hayhurstís Scallopwing

Erynnis icelus

Dreamy Duskywing
Erynnis brizo Sleepy Duskywing
Erynnis juvenalis Juvenalís Duskywing
Erynnis horatius Horaceís Duskywing
Erynnis martialis Mottled Duskywing
Erynnis zarucco Zarucco Duskywing
Erynnis funeralis Funereal Duskywing
Erynnis baptisiae Wild Indigo Duskywing
Pyrgus communis Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus albescens White Checkered-Skipper

Pholisora catullus

Common Sootywing

Nastra lherminier

Swarthy Skipper

Lerema accius

Clouded Skipper

Ancyloxypha numitor

Least Skipper

Thymelicus lineola

European Skipper

Hylephila phyleus

Fiery Skipper
Hesperia leonardus Leonardís Skipper
Hesperia metea Cobweb Skipper
Hesperia sassacus Indian Skipper

Atalopedes campestris

Polites peckius Peckís Skipper
Polites themistocles Tawny-edged Skipper
Polites origenes Crossline Skipper
Polites vibex Whirlabout

Wallengrenia otho

Southern Broken-Dash
Wallengrenia egeremet Northern Broken-Dash

Pompeius verna

Little Glassywing
Anatrytone logan Delaware Skipper

Poanes hobomok

Hobomok Skipper
Poanes zabulon Zabulon Skipper
Paones viator Broad-winged Skipper
Poanes yehl Yehl Skipper
Euphyes dion Dion Skipper
Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper

Atrytonopsis hianna

Dusted Skipper
Amblyscirtes linda Lindaís Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes hegon Pepper and Salt Skipper
Amblyscirtes reversa Reversed Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes aesculapius Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes vialis Common Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes belli Bellís Roadside-Skipper

Lerodea eufala

Eufala Skipper

Calpodes ethlius

Brazilian Skipper
Panoquina ocola Ocola Skipper
Megathymus yuccae Yucca Giant-Skipper

Battus philenor

Pipevine Swallowtail

Eurytides marcellus

Zebra Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes Black Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio appalachiensis Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio palamedes Palamedes Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes Giant Swallowtail
Pontia protodice Checkered White

Pieris rapae

Cabbage White
Pieris virginiensis West Virginia White
Euchloe olympia Olympia Marble
Anthocharis midea Falcate Orangetip
Colias philodice Clouded Sulphur
Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur

Zerene cesonia

Southern Dogface

Phoebis sennae

Cloudless Sulphur

Eurema daira

Barred Yellow
Eurema mexicana Mexican Yellow
Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow

Abaeis nicippe

Sleepy Orange

Nathalis iole

Dainty Sulphur

Feniseca tarquinius

Lycaena phlaeas American Copper
Lycaena hyllus Bronze Copper

Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Callophrys gryneus Juniper Hairstreak
Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin
Callophrys irus Frosted Elfin
Callophrys henrici Henryís Elfin
Callophrys niphon Eastern Pine Elfin
Satyrium favonius ontario "Northern" Southern/Oak Hairstreak
Satyrium titus Coral Hairstreak
Satyrium caryaevorus Hickory Hairstreak
Satyrium edwardsii Edwardsí Hairstreak
Satyrium calanus Banded Hairstreak
Satyrium liparops Striped Hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops

Red-banded Hairstreak

Strymon melinus

Gray Hairstreak

Parrhasius m-album

White M Hairstreak

Erora laeta

Early Hairstreak
Leptotes marina Marine Blue

Cupido comyntas

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Celastrina ladon

Spring Azure
Celastrina neglecta Summer Azure
Celastrina nigra Dusky Azure
Celastrina  neglectamajor Appalachian Azure
Glaucopsyche lygdamus Silvery Blue

Echinargus isola

Reakirtís Blue

Libytheana carinenta

American Snout

Danaus plexippus


Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia

Variegated Fritillary

Speyeria diana

Diana Fritillary
Speyeria cybele Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria aphrodite Aphrodite Fritillary
Boloria bellona Meadow Fritillary
Limenitis arthemis astyanax Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis  archippus Viceroy

Asterocampa celtis

Hackberry Emperor
Asterocampa clyton Tawny Emperor
Chlosyne gorgone Gorgone Checkerspot
Chlosyne nycteis Silvery Checkerspot
Phyciodes phaon Phaon Crescent
Phyciodes tharos Pearl Crescent

Euphydryas phaeton

Baltimore Checkerspot
Junonia coenia Common Buckeye

Polygonia interrogationis

Question Mark
Polygonia comma Eastern Comma
Polygonia faunus Green Comma
Polygonia progne Gray Comma
Nymphalis antiopa Mourning Cloak

Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui Painted Lady
Vanessa virginiensis American Lady
Anaea andria Goatweed Leafwing

Enodia portlandia

Southern Pearly-eye
Enodia anthedon Northern Pearly-eye
Enodia creola Creole Pearly-eye
Satyrodes appalachia Appalachian Brown
Cyllopsis gemma Gemmed Satyr

Megisto cymela

Little Wood-Satyr

Hermeuptychia sosybius

Carolina Satyr

Cercyonis pegala

Common Wood-Nymph

Literature Cited

North American Butterfly Association. 2001.  The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Checklist
        & English Names of North American Butterflies.
2nd ed. North American Butterfly Association,
        Morristown, NJ.

Opler, P. A., & A. D. Warren. 2002. Butterflies of North America. 2. Scientific Names List for North American
        Butterfly Species North of Mexico. Contributions of the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, 
        Colorado State University. 79pp. ISBN: 1084-8819.


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