Butterflies & Blooms

The Butterfly Collection

Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera. The name derives from the Greek lepido, or scale, and ptera, or wings, and refers to the tiny scales that cover the wings and the rest of the body. Active during the day, butterflies live almost everywhere around the world, from Arctic tundra to tropical rain forests. Moths are active at night. There are more than 15,000 species of butterflies. Most butterflies usually live two to three weeks, but some can live longer.

Butterfly species Native to
African Moon Moth

(Argema mimosae)

Southern Africa

PHOTO: African moon moth
Atala Hairstreak

(Eumaeus atala)

Southern Florida and the Keys, the Bahamas, and Cuba 

Atala Hairstreak
Atlas Moth

(Attacus atlas)

Southeast Asia

PHOTO: Atlas moth
Banded Peacock

(Papilio palinurus)

Southeast Asia

Banded Peacock
Blue Morpho

(Morpho peleides)

Central to South America

Blue Morpho
Blue Tiger

(Tirumala limniace)

Afghanistan to the Philippines, and south to Sulawesi, Java, Bali and Timor. It is fairly common in India, Sri Lanka, lowland Nepal, Burma and Thailand.

PHOTO: Blue tiger butterfly
Blue-banded Swallowtail

(Papilio nireus)

Southern Africa and Somalia

PHOTO: Blue-banded swallowtail butterfly
Chinese Peacock

(Papilio bianor)

Eastern Russia, northeastern India, China, Japan, and Korea

Chinese Peacock
Clipper

(Parthenos sylvia)

Asia

Clipper
Clouded Mother of Pearl

(Salamis anacardii)

Sub-Saharan African and Yemen

Cloudless Giant Sulphur

(Phoebis sennae)

Argentina to the deep southern United States

Cloudless Giant Sulphur
Common Buckeye

(Junonia [Precis] coenia)

Southern United States and north along the coasts to central California and North Carolina; south to Bermuda, Cuba, and Mexico 

Common Buckeye
Common Lacewing

(Cethosia biblis)

Central India, the Philippines, China, and Nepal to Thailand

Red Lacewing
Common Sergeant

(Athyma perius)

Himalayas, India, Burma, Tenasserim, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula

PHOTO: Common sergeant butterfly
Doris Longwing

(Heliconius doris)

Mexico to Bolivia

PHOTO: Doris longwing butterfly
Flame-bordered Charaxes

(Charaxes protoclea)

African forests

Flame-bordered Charaxes
Ghost Sulphur

(Anteos clorinde)

Argentina to Mexico. Ghost sulphurs can stray into the southwestern United States, up to Colorado.

Ghost Sulphur
Giant Owl

(Caligo memnon)

Mexico south to Costa Rica

PHOTO: Giant owl butterfly
Golden Birdwing

(Troides rhadamantus)

The Philippines and Australia

Golden Birdwing
Golden Helicon

(Heliconius hecale)

Central America to the Amazon

Golden Helicon
Great Eggfly

(Hypolimnas bolina)

Southeast Asia. Found in parts or New Zealand, Japan, and Australia

Great Eggfly
Great Mormon

(Papilio memnon)

Southeast Asia

Great Mormon
Great Orange Tip

(Hebomoia glaucippe)

Asia

Great Orange Tip
Green-veined Charaxes

(Charaxes candiope)

Sub-Saharan Africa

Green-veined Charaxes
Grey Cracker

(Hamadryas feronia)

Argentina north to Mexico

PHOTO: Grey cracker butterfly
Julia Longwing

(Dryas iulia)

Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, West Indies, peninsular Florida, and southern Texas

Julia Longwing
King Cracker

(Hamadryas amphinome)

Mexico to Peru

King Cracker
Large Cruiser

(Vindula erota)

South and Southeast Asia

Large Cruiser
Large Striped Swordtail

(Graphium antheus)

Africa

Large Striped Swordtail
Leopard Lacewing

(Cethosia cyane)

India to Thailand and southern China

PHOTO: Leopard lacewing butterfly
Magellan Birdwing

(Troides magellanus)

Southeast Asia and Australia

Magellan Birdwing
Malachite

(Siproeta stelenes)

Brazil through Central America, Mexico, the West Indies, to southern Florida and southern Texas

Mexican Sister

(Adelpha fessonia)

Panama north to Mexico. Strays are commonly found in southern Texas, where they are considered native.  

Mexican Sister
Mocker Swallowtail

(Papilio dardanus)

Most of sub-Saharan Africa, including Madagascar

PHOTO: Mocker swallowtail butterfly
Monarch

(Danaus plexippus)

Southern Canada south to Mexico, Hawaii, and Australia

Monarch Butterfly
Orange-Barred Sulphur

(Phoebis philea)

Brazil north to Florida and the Keys. Occasionally found in southern Texas

Orange-Barred Sulphur
Orchard Swallowtail

(Papilio demodocus)

Sub-Saharan Africa and Southwest Arabia

Orchard Swallowtail
Paper Kite

(Idea leuconoe)

Southeast Asia

Paper Kite
Peacock Pansy

(Junonia almana)

India and Sri Lanka to the Philippines, and ranges south through the Malay archipelago to Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Java

PHOTO: Peacock pansy butterfly
Pearl Charaxes

(Charaxes varanes)

Africa

Pearl Charaxes
Pink Rose

(Pachliopta kotzebuea)

The Philippines 

Pink Rose
Pipevine Swallowtail

(Battus philenor)

Mexico and the Continental United States, except northwest of Wyoming

Pipevine Swallowtail
Rothschild Silkmoth

(Rothschildia lebeau)

South America north through Central America to the southern coast of Texas

Rothschild Silkmoth
Sapho Longwing

(Heliconius sapho)

Central America to Ecuador

Sapho Longwing
Sara Longwing

(Heliconius sara)

Central and South America

PHOTO: Sara longwing
Scarlet Mormon

(Papilio rumanzovia)

Southeast Asia and Australia

Scarlet Mormon
Small Postman

(Heliconius erato)

Brazil north to Mexico; occasionally in southern Texas

Small Postman
Snow Peacock

(Anartia jatrophae)

Southern United States to Bolivia and Argentina, including most Caribbean islands

PHOTO: Snow peacock butterfly
Spicebush Swallowtail

(Papilio troilus)

Eastern half of the United States, south to Florida. Occasionally strays to North Dakota, central Colorado, and Cuba.

Spicebush Swallowtail
Starry Night Cracker

(Hamadryas laodamia)

Central and South America, and sporadically in the southern United States.

Starry Night Cracker
Tailed Jay

(Graphium agamemnon)

India and Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Queensland, and the Solomon Islands

Green Triangle
Thoas Swallowtail

(Papilio thoas)

South Texas south to Brazil. Occasionally can be seen in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Thoas Swallowtail
Violet-spotted Charaxes

(Charaxes violetta)

Southern Africa

PHOTO: Violet-spotted charaxes
White-barred Charaxes

(Charaxes brutus)

Africa

White-barred Charaxes
Whitened Bluewing

(Myscelia cyaniris) 

Central America

Whitened Bluewing
Zebra Longwing

(Heliconius charithonia)

South America north to Central America, West Indies, Mexico, southern Texas, and parts of Florida

PHOTO: Zebra longwing butterfly