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)
[7] Others

PAPILIONIDAE - Parnassians and Swallowtails

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)

Anise Swallowtail
(Papilio zelicaon)

Western Tiger Swallowtail
(Pterourus rutulus)

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Pterourus multicaudata)

Pale Swallowtail
(Pterourus eurymedon)

Western Giant Swallowtail
(Heraclides rumiko)

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)

Julia Orangetip
(Anthocharis julia)

Southwestern Orangetip
(Anthocharis thoosa)

Desert Orangetip
(Anthocharis cethura)

Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur
(Colias eurytheme)

Queen Alexandra's Sulphur
(Colias alexandra)

Southern Dogface
(Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur
(Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow
(Abaeis mexicana)

Tailed Orange
(Pyrisitia proterpia)
[Las Cruces]

Sleepy Orange
(Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur
(Nathalis iole)

LYCAENIDAE - Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Tailed Copper
(Tharsalea arota)

Ruddy Copper
(Tharsalea rubidus)

Blue Copper
(Tharsalea heteronea)

Purplish Copper
(Tharsalea helloides)

Colorado Hairstreak
(Hypaurotis crysalus)

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Behr's Hairstreak
(Satyrium behrii)

Sylvan Hairstreak
(Satyrium sylvinus)

Coral Hairstreak
(Satyrium titus)

Banded Hairstreak
(Satyrium calanus)

Western Green Hairstreak
(Callophrys affinis)

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 exilis)

Western Tailed-Blue
(Cupido amyntula)

Echo Azure
(Celastrina echo)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Central Blue
(Euphilotes 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
(Icaricia saepiolus)

Boisduval's Blue
(Icaricia icarioides)

Lupine Blue
(Icaricia lupini)

Arctic Blue
(Agriades glandon)

RIODINIDAE - Metalmarks

Mormon Metalmark
(Apodemia mormo)

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmerii)

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)

Red Satyr
(Cissia rubricata)

Red-bordered Satyr
(Gyrocheilus patrobas)

Riding's Satyr
(Oeneis ridingsii)

Gulf Fritillary
(Dione incarnata)

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)

Great Spangled Fritillary
(Argynnis cybele)

Aphrodite Fritillary
(Argynnis aphrodite)

Nokomis Fritillary
(Argynnis nokomis nokomis)

Nokomis Fritillary
(Argynnis nokomis nitocris)

Nausica Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa dorothea)

'Capitan' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa capitanensis)

'Electa' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa electa)

Mormon Fritillary
(Argynnis mormonia)

Silver-bordered Fritillary
(Boloria myrina tollandensis)

Arctic Fritillary
(Boloria chariclea helena)

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)

Common Mestra
(Mestra amymone)

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)

Gorgone Checkerspot
(Chlosyne gorgone)

Definite Patch
(Chlosyne definita)

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)

Arachne Checkerspot
(Poladryas arachne)

Sagebrush Checkerspot
(Chlosyne acastus)

Tiny Checkerspot
(Microtia dymas)

Elada Checkerspot
(Microtia 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)

Anicia Checkerspot
(Euphydryas anicia)

Sacramento Mountains Checkerspot
(Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti)


Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)

Golden Banded-Skipper
(Telegonus cellus)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)

Dobra Cloudywing
(Thorybes dobra)

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)

Burgess Duskywing
(Erynnis burgessi)

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
(Burnsius communis)

Northern White-Skipper
(Heliopetes ericetorum)
[Toriette Lakes 9/04/22]

Russet Skipperling
(Piruna pirus)

Four-spotted Skipperling
(Piruna polingii)

Yucca Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus yuccae)

Strecker's Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus streckeri)

Tropical Least Skipper
(Ancyloxypha arene)

Garita Skipperling
(Oarisma garita)

Edward's Skipperling
(Copaeodes edwardsii)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Bronze Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes aenus)

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)
[Cedar Crest]

Dotted Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes eos)

Common Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes vialis)

Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes phylace)

Fiery Skipper
(Hylephilia 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)

Draco Skipper
(Polites draco)

Tawny-edged Skipper
(Polites themistocles)

(Atalopedes campestris)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Hobomok Skipper
(Lon hobomok)

Taxiles Skipper
(Lon taxiles)

Morrison's Skipper
(Stinga morrisoni)

Woodland Skipper
(Ochlodes sylvanoides)

Anasazi Skipper
(Ochlodes yuma anasazi)

Snow's Skipper
(Paratrytone snowi)

Simius Roadside-Skipper
(Notmblyscirtes simius)

Dun Skipper
(Euphyes vestris)

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)

Margarita Skipper
(Atrytonopsis margarita)

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