Butterflies of New Mexico

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Note a few of the pictures (noted) are from Arizona or other states, and of course, some of the names may be incorrect. For each species, the most recent photo are shown first.


2021
In February 2021, this section of the website was significantly overhauled. Since 2010, there had been a page of photos for each year identifying the date and location of each butterfly photo. This involved a total of 4,294 photos, many of which were useful in identification but was growing unmanageable and included many that were not particularly good photos. Of that total, 2,847 were deleted bringing the overall number down to 1,447 which are organized taxonomically on six pages by family. In the new design, this entry page will include photos from the current year, and at the end of the year, a select number added to the taxonomy pages.

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides
[Embudito]

Pahaska Skipper
(Hesperia pahaska)
[Embudito]

Colorado Hairstreak
(Hypaurotis crysalus)
[Capulin]

Colorado Hairstreak
(Hypaurotis crysalus)
[Balsam Glade]

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)
[Las Huertas]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Las Huertas]

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)
[Las Huertas]

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)
[Las Huertas]

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)
[Balsam Glade]

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)
[8000']

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Balsam Glade]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Comynta amyntula)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Comynta amyntula)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)
[Embudito]

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)
[Embudito]

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)
[Embudito]

Green Skipper
(Hesperia viridis)
[Embudito]

Mormon Fritillary
(Speyeria mormonia)
[West of Hopewell]

Mormon Fritillary
(Speyeria mormonia)
[West of Hopewell]

Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa)
[West of Hopewell]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[West of Hopewell]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[West of Hopewell]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[West of Hopewell]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[West of Hopewell]

Garita Skipperling
(Oarisma garita)
[Hopewell Lake]

Garita Skipperling
(Oarisma garita)
[Hopewell Lake]

Anicia Checkerspot
(Euphydryas anicia)
[Hopewell Lake]

Anicia Checkerspot
(Euphydryas anicia)
[Hopewell Lake]

Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegal)
[Hopewell Lake]

Small Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis oetus)
[Hopewell Lake]

Small Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis oetus)
[Hopewell Lake]

Small Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis oetus)
[Hopewell Lake]

Monarch
(Danaus plexippus)
[Capilla Peak]

California Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis californica)
[Capilla Peak]

California Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis californica)
[Capilla Peak]

Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa)
[Capilla Peak]

Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa)
[Capilla Peak]

Pacuvius Duskywing
(Erynnis pacuvius)
[Capilla Peak]

Pacuvius Duskywing
(Erynnis pacuvius)
[Capilla Peak]

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)
[Capilla Peak]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Comynta amyntula)
[Capilla Peak]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Comynta amyntula)
[Capilla Peak]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper (f)
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper (m)
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)
[8000']

'Dorothea's' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa dorothea)
[8000']

'Dorothea's' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa dorothea)
[8000']

Orange Sulfur
(Colias eurytheme)
[8000']

Margined White
(Pieris marginalis)
[8000']

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)
[8000']

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)
[Jemez]

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)
[Jemez]

Pine White
(Neophasia menapia)
[Jemez]

Northern Crescent
(Phyciodes cocyta)
[Jemez]

Northern Crescent
(Phyciodes cocyta)
[Jemez]

Nais Metalmark
(Apodemia nais)
[Jemez]

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)
[Jemez]

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)
[Jemez]

Western Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio rutulus)
[Jemez]

Thicket Hairstreak
(Callophrys spinetorum)
[Jemez]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Jemez]

Sylvan Hairstreak
(Satyrium sylvinus)
[Jemez]

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
[Jemez]

Banded Hairstreak
(Satyrium calanus)
[Jemez]

Taxiles Skipper
(Poanes taxiles)
[Seven Springs]

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)
[Seven Springs]

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)
[Seven Springs]

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Seven Springs]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Seven Springs]

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
(Aglais milberti)
[Seven Springs]

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
((Aglais milberti)
[Seven Springs]

Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)
[Seven Springs]

Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa)
[Seven Springs]

Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa)
[Seven Springs]

Great Spangled Fritillary
(Argynnis cybele)
[Seven Springs]

'Dorothea's' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa dorothea)
[Ellis]

'Dorothea's' Southwestern Fritillary
(Argynnis nausicaa dorothea)
[Ellis]

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)
[Ellis]

Taxiles Skipper
(Poanes taxiles)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Cienega]

Russet Skipperling
(Piruna pirus)
[Cienega]

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)
[Cienega]

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)
[Embudito]

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)
[Elena Gallegos]

California Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis californica)
[Cienega]

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)
[Cienega]

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)
[Cienega]

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)
[Three Mile]

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)
[Ellis]

Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)
[Ellis]

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Ellis]

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)
[Ellis]

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Taxiles Skipper
(Poanes taxiles)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Small Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis oetus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Dun Skipper
(Euphyes vestris)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Russet Skipperling
(Piruna pirus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Taxiles Skipper
(Poanes taxiles)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)
[Embudito]

Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)
[Embudito]

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)
[Embudito]

Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)
[Ojito]

Sleepy Orange
(Eurema nicippe)
[Ojito]

Fiery Skipper
(Hylephila phyleus)
[Home]

Monarch
(Danaus plexippus)
[Abo]

Queen
(Danaus gilippus)
[Abo]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Eagle Nest]

Common Ringlet
(Coenonympha tullia)
[Angel Fire]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Cupido amyntula)
[Angel Fire]

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
[Angel Fire]

Greenish Blue
(Plebejus saepiolus)
[Angel Fire]

Boisduval's Blue
(Plebejus icarioides)
[Angel Fire]

Lupine Blue
(Plebejus lupini)
[Eagle Nest]

Riding's Satyr
(Neominois ridingsii)
[Eagle Nest]

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)
[Eagle Nest]

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)
[Eagle Nest]

Nevada Skipper
(Hesperia nevada)
[Tolby Day Use Area]

Dreamy Duskywing
(Erynnis icelus)
[Tolby Day Use Area]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[Eagle Nest]

Ruddy Copper
(Lycaena rubidus)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Spalding's Blue
(Euphilotes spaldingi)
[Eagle Nest]

Pahaska Skipper
(Hesperia pahaska)
[Embudito]

Afranius Duskywing
(Erynnis afranius)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Pahaska Skipper
(Hesperia pahaska)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Canyonland Satyr
(Cyllopsis pertepida)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Lupine Blue
(Plebejus lupini)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Queen
(Danaus gilippus)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Lupine Blue
(Plebejus lupini)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Melissa Blue
(Plebejus melissa)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Russet Skipperling
(Piruna pirus)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicana)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicana)
[Manzano/Capilla]

Milkweed Party
[Manzano/Capilla]
 

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Duskywing sp.
(Erynnis sp.)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Duskywing sp.
(Erynnis sp.)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Checkered White
(Pontia protodice)
[Abo]

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)
[Abo]

Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)
[Abo]

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
[Tajique]

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
[Tajique]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)
[Embudito]

Arctic Blue
(Agriades glandon)
[Balsam Glade]

Green Skipper
(Hesperia viridis)
[Embudito]

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)
[Embudito]

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)
[Mills Canyon]

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)
[Mills Canyon]

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)
[Mills Canyon]

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)
[Mills Canyon]

Dotted Checkerspot
(Poladryas minuta)
[Mills Canyon]

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)
[Trujillo?]

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Rhesus Skipper
(Polites rhesus)
[Hwy 117]

Rhesus Skipper
(Polites rhesus)
[Hwy 117]

Rhesus Skipper
(Polites rhesus)
[Hwy 117]

Dreamy Duskywing
(Erynnis icelus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Western Green Hairstreak
(Callophrys affinis)
[Jemez]

Brown Elfin
(Callophrys augustinus)
[Jemez]

Brown Elfin
(Callophrys augustinus)
[Jemez]

Western Pine Elfin
(Callophrys eryphon)
[Jemez]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Dreamy Duskywing
(Erynnis icelus)
[Cienega]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Cupido amyntula)
[Cienega]

Western Tailed-Blue
(Cupido amyntula)
[Cienega]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[Embudito]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[Embudito]

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)
[Embudito]

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
[Embudito]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Silvery Blue
(Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[Embudito]

Silvery Blue
(Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)
[Capulin/Balsam]

Checkered White
(Pontia protodice)
[Embudito]

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)
[Embudito]

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)
[Embudito]

Dobra Cloudywing?
(Cecropterus dobra)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Acmon/Lupine Blue
(Plebejus acmon/lupini)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Sleepy Duskywing
(Erynnis brizo)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)
[San Lorenzo]

Arizona Hairstreak
(Erora quaderna)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Arizona Hairstreak
(Erora quaderna)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Sagebrush Checkerspot
(Chlosyne acastus)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Sagebrush Checkerspot
(Chlosyne acastus)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiacus)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Arizona Sister
(Adelpha eulalia)
[Railroad Cyn.]

Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)
[McMillan Cpgd.]

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)
[Embudito]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[Embudito]

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)
[Embudito]

Southwestern Orangetip (f)
(Anthocharis sara thoosa)
[Embudito]

Southwestern Orangetip (f)
(Anthocharis sara thoosa)
[Embudito]

Painted Lady
(Vanessa cardui)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Yucca Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus yuccae)
[Las Huertas]

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)
[Las Huertas]

Common Streaky-Skipper
(Celotes nessus)
[The Box]

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)
[Water Canyon]

Thicket Hairstreak
(Callophrys spinetorum)
[Water Canyon]

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atledes halesus)
[Water Canyon]

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)
[Water Canyon]

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)
[Water Canyon]

Sleepy Duskywing
(Erynnis brizo)
[Embudito]

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)
[Embudito]

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)
[Embudito]

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)
[Embudito]

Thicket Hairstreak
(Callophrys spinetorum)
[Doc Long/Bill Spring]

Spring White
(Pontia sisymbrii)
[Three Gun]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Three Gun]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Three Gun]

Southwestern Orangetip (m)
(Anthocharis sara thoosa)
[Embudito]

Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)
[Embudito]

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