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Better photos are marked in bold. Common names generally follow the NABA list; taxonomy generally does as well, except where Opler & Warren disagree (and all such cases are noticed in the species pages).

Corrections for any pictures on the site would be more than welcome.


Clodius Parnassian
Parnassius clodius (ssp. claudianus and baldur)
Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus
Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon
Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor

Whites and Sulphurs

Pine White
Neophasia menapia
Checkered White
Pontia protodice
Western White
Pontia occidentalis
Margined White
Pieris [napi] marginalis
Cabbage White
Pieris rapae
Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides
"California" Pearly Marble
Euchloe hyantis hyantis
Sara Orangetip
Anthocharis sara
Orange Sulphur
Colias eurytheme


American Copper
Lycaena phleas, ssp. hypophleas
Tailed Copper
Lycaena arota
Lustrous Copper
Lycaena cupreus
Great Copper
Lycaena xanthoides
Edith's Copper
Lycaena editha
Gorgon Copper
Lycaena gorgon
Ruddy Copper
Lycaena rubidus
Blue Copper
Lycaena heteronea
Purplish Copper
Lycaena helloides
Lilac-bordered Copper
Lycaena nivalis
Golden Hairstreak
Habrodais grunus
Sooty Hairstreak
Satyrium fuliginosum
Behr's Hairstreak
Satyrium behrii
California Hairstreak
Satyrium californica
Sylvan Hairstreak
Satyrium sylvinus
Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak
Satyrium tetra
Hedgerow Hairstreak
Satyrium saepium
Brown Elfin
Callophrys augustinus
Moss' Elfin ("Doudoroff's" and "San Bruno")
Callophrys mossii
Western Pine Elfin
Callophrys eryphon
Thicket Hairstreak
Callophrys spinetorum
Nelson's Hairstreak
Callophrys [gryneus] nelsoni
Muir's Hairstreak
Callophrys [gryneus] muiri
Coastal Green Hairstreak
Callophrys dumetorum (syn. viridis)
Bramble Hairstreak
Callophrys perplexa
Sheridan's Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)
Gray Hairstreak
Strymon melinus
Western Pygmy-Blue
Brephidium exile
Western Tailed-Blue
Everes amyntula
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Everes comyntas
Echo [Spring] Azure
Celastrina [ladon] echo
Sonoran Blue
Philotes sonorensis
Arrowhead Blue
Glaucopsyche piasus
Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Anna's [Northern] Blue
Lycaeides [idas] anna
Boisduval's Blue, Plebejus icarioides
P.i.missionensis, "Mission"
P.i.pardalis, "Pardalis"
P.i.parapheres, "Point Reyes"
Greenish Blue
Plebejus saepiolus
Shasta Blue
Plebejus shasta
Melissa Blue
Plebejus melissa
Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon
Acmon/Lupine Blue
Plebejus acmon/lupini
Lupine Blue
Plebejus lupini
Un-id'd Dotted Blues
Euphilotes sp.
Bernardino [Square-spotted] Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes [battoides] bernardino
Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)
Intermediate [Square-spotted] Blue
(Euphilotes [battoides] intermedia)
Pacific Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes enoptes)
E.e.smithi, "Smith's"
Arctic Blue
Agriades glandon


Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia mormo


Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)
S. c. coronis
S. c. simaetha
Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)
S.z.myrtleaea "Myrtle" Zerene Fritillary
Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe)
S. c. callippe
S. c. comstocki
S. c. laurina
S. c. nevadensis
Great Basin Fritillary
S. e. egleis
S. e. oweni
Unsilvered Fritillary (Speyeria adiaste)
S. a. adiaste
S. a. clemencei
Hydaspe Fritillary
Speyeria hydaspe
Mormon Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia
Pacific Fritillary
Boloria epithore epithore, sierra, and chermocki
Leanira Checkerspot
Thessalia leanira
Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)
Chlosyne palla palla
Chlosyne palla altasierra
Chlosyne palla australomontana
Gabb's Checkerspot
Chlosyne gabbii
Rockslide Checkerspot
Chlosyne whitneyi
Sagebrush Checkerspot
Chlosyne acastus
Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Chlosyne hoffmanni
Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos
Field Crescent
Phyciodes pulchellus (syn. campestris)
California Crescent
Phyciodes orseis herlani (possible)
Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes mylitta
Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
E. c. chalcedona
E. c. sierra
E. c. variicolor (Sonora Pass)
Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha)
CA coast (E.e. editha)?
E.e. nubigena, "Cloud-born"
E. e. rubicunda
Satyr Comma
Polygonia satyrus
"Zephyr" Comma
Polygonia gracilis zephyrus
Oreas Comma
Polygonia oreas
California Tortiseshell
Nymphalis californica
Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui
American Lady
Vanessa virginiensis
West Coast Lady
Vanessa annabella
Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia
Lorquin's Admiral
Limenitis lorquini
California Sister
Adelpha bredowii
California [Common] Ringlet
Coenonympha [tullia] california
Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala
Great Basin Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis sthenele
Small Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus
Riding's Satyr
Neominois ridingsii
Chryxus Arctic
Oeneis chryxus
Danaus gilippus


Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus
Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades
Western Cloudywing
Thorybes diversus
Mexican Cloudywing
Thorybes mexicana
Propertius Duskywing
Erynnis propertius
Mournful Duskywing
Erynnis tristis
Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius)
E.p.lilius, "Dyar's"
E.p.pernigra, "Grinnell's"
Two-banded Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus ruralis
Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis
Northern White-Skipper
Heliopetes ericetorum
Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus
Juba Skipper
Hesperia juba
Western Branded Skipper
Hesperia [comma] colorado, ssp. dodgei and "yosemite"
Lindsey's Skipper
Hesperia lindseyi
Columbian Skipper
Hesperia columbia
Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti)
P. s. sabuleti
P. s. tecumseh
Sonoran Skipper
Polites sonora
Atalopedes campestris
Woodland Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides
Rural Skipper
Ochlodes agricola
Yuma Skipper
Ochlodes yuma
Umber Skipper
Poanes melane
Eufala Skipper
Lerodea eufala
Yucca Giant-Skipper
Megathymus yuccae


Unidentified moths - please help!
Alypia mariposa
Heliothodes diminutiva
Mesoleuca gratulata
Hemaris diffinis
Chlorosea banksaria
Grammia ornata
Synedoida ochracea
Synedoida divergens
Other Synedoida spp.
Syngrapha sp.?
Gnophaela latipennis
Adela septentrionella
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