Butterflies of New Mexico

Shown on this page are nearly half of the butterfly species recorded in New Mexico. Photographs were taken starting in 2011.
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[1] PAPILIONIDAE (Parnassians and Swallowtails)
[2] PIERIDAE (Whites and Sulphurs)
[3] LYCAENIDAE (Gossamer-wing Butterflies)
[4] RIODINIDAE (Metalmarks)
[5] NYMPHALIDAE (Brush-footed Butterflies)
[6] HESPERIIDAE (Skippers)

PAPILIONIDAE - Parnassians and Swallowtails

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)

Anise Swallowtail
(Papilio zelicaon)

Western Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio rutulus)

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)

PIERIDAE - Whites and Sulphurs

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)

Spring White
(Pontia sisymbrii)

Margined White
(Pieris marginalis)

Checkered White
(Pontia protodice)

Cabbage White
(Pieris rapae)

Large Marble
(Euchloe ausonides)

Desert Marble
(Euchloe lotta)

Southern Rocky Mt. Orangetip
(Anthocharis sara julia)

Southwestern Orangetip
(Anthocharis sara thoosa)

Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur
(Colias eurytheme)

Queen Alexandra's Sulphur
(Colias alexandra)

Southern Dogface
(Colias cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur
(Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow
(Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange
(Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur
(Nathalis iole)

LYCAENIDAE - Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)

Blue Copper
(Lycaena heteronea)

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)

Colorado Hairstreak
(Hypaurotis crysalus)

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Behr's Hairstreak
(Satyrium behrii)

Sylvan Hairstreak
(Satyrium sylvinus)

Banded Hairstreak
(Satyrium calanus)

Western Green Hairstreak
(Callophrys affinis)

"Apama" Western Green Hairstreak
(Callophrys apama homoperplexa)

Sheridan's Hairstreak
(Callophrys sheridanii)

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)

Thicket Hairstreak
(Callophrys spinetorum)

Brown Elfin
(Callophrys augustinus)

Desert Elfin
(Callophrys fotis)

Hoary Elfin
(Callophrys polios)

Henry's Elfin
(Callophrys henrici)

Western Pine Elfin
(Callophrys eryphon)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Leda Ministreak
(Ministrymon leda)

Arizona Hairstreak
(Erora quaderna)

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium exile)

Western Tailed-Blue
(Cupido amyntula)

Spring Azure
(Celastrina ladon)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)

Central Blue
(Euphilotes battoides centralis)

Rita Blue
(Euphilotes rita)

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)

Silvery Blue
(Glaucopsyche lygdamus)

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)

Melissa Blue
(Plebejus melissa)

Greenish Blue
(Plebejus saepiolus)

Boisduval's Blue
(Plebejus icarioides)

Acmon Blue
(Plebejus acmon)

Arctic Blue
(Plebejus glandon)

RIODINIDAE - Metalmarks

Mormon Metalmark
(Apodemia mormo)

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Nais Metalmark
(Apodemia nais)

NYMPHALIDAE - Brush-footed Butterflies

American Snout
(Libytheana carinenta)

(Danaus plexippus)

(Danaus gilippus)

Goatweed Leafwing
(Anaea andria)

Common Ringlet
(Coenonympha tullia)

Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)

Mead's Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis meadii)

Small Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis oetus)

Common Alpine
(Erebia epipsodea)

Canyonland Satyr
(Cyllopsis pertepida)

Riding's Satyr
(Neominois ridingsii)

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)

Northwestern Fritillary
(Speyeria hesperis)

Capitan Mtns. Northwestern Fritillary
(Speyeria hesperis capitanensis)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)

(Limenitis archippus)

Arizona Sister
(Adelpha eulalia)

Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)

Empress Leilia
(Asterocampa leilia)

American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady
(Vanessa cardui)

West Coast Lady
(Vanessa annabella)

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
(Aglais milberti)

California Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis californica)

Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)

Question Mark
(Polygonia interrogationis)

Satyr Comma
(Polygonia satyrus)

Green Comma
(Polygonia faunus)

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)

Gray Buckeye
(Junonia grisea)

Gray/Dark Intermediate Buckeye
(J. grisea/nigrosuffusa)

Dark Buckeye
(Junonia nigrosuffusa)

Fulvia Checkerspot
(Chlosyne fulvia)

Bordered Patch
(Chlosyne lacinia)

Definite Patch
(Chlosyne definita)

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)

Sagebrush Checkerspot
(Chlosyne acastus)

Tiny Checkerspot
(Dymasia dymas)

Elada Checkerspot
(Texola elada)

Vesta Crescent
(Phyciodes graphica)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Northern Crescent
(Phyciodes cocyta)

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)

Painted Crescent
(Phyciodes picta)

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)

Sacramento Mountains Checkerspot
(Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti)


Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)

Golden Banded-Skipper
(Autochton cellus)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)

Mexican Cloudywing
(Thorybes mexicana)

Acacia Skipper
(Cogia hippalus)

Golden-headed Scallopwing
(Staphylus ceos)

Common Sootywing
(Pholisora catullus)

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicanus)

Saltbush Sootywing
(Hesperopsis alpheus)

Dreamy Duskywing
(Erynnis icelus)

Sleepy Duskywing
(Erynnis brizo)

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)

Meridian Duskywing
(Erynnis meridianus)

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)

Mournful Duskywing
(Erynnis tristis)

Pacuvius Duskywing
(Erynnis pacuvius)

Funereal Duskywing
(Erynnis funeralis)

Afranius Duskywing
(Erynnis afranius)

Persius Duskywing
(Erynnis persius)

Common Streaky-Skipper
(Celotes nessus)

Mountain Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus xanthus)

Small Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus scriptura)

Common Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus communis)

Russet Skipperling
(Piruna pirus)

Four-spotted Skipperling
(Piruna polingii)

Yucca Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus yuccae)

Strecker's Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus streckeri)

Garita Skipperling
(Oarisma garita)

Edward's Skipperling
(Oarisma edwardsii)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Bronze Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes aenus)

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)

Dotted Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes eos)

Common Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes vialis)

Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes phylace)

Fiery Skipper
(Hylephila phyleus)

Uncas Skipper
(Hesperia uncas)

Apache Skipper
(Hesperia woodgatei)

Pahaska Skipper
(Hesperia pahaska)

Green Skipper
(Hesperia viridis)

Nevada Skipper
(Hesperia nevada)

Rhesus Skipper
(Polites rhesus)

Carus Skipper
(Polites carus)

Sandhill Skipper
(Polites sabuleti)

Draco Skipper
(Polites draco)

Tawny-edged Skipper
(Polites themistocles)

Hobomok Skipper
(Poanes hobomok)

Taxiles Skipper
(Poanes taxiles)

Morrison's Skipper
(Stinga morrisoni)

Woodland Skipper
(Ochlodes sylvanoides)

Anasazi Skipper
(Ochlodes yuma anasazi)

Snow's Skipper
(Paratrytone snowi)

Simius Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes simius)

Dun Skipper
(Euphyes vestris)

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)

Python Skipper
(Atrytonopsis python)

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