Butterflies of Oregon

Most identification guides can only show a couple small photos of each species. It is helpful to have additional views, especially where there are differences between the sexes or regional subspecies. Listed below are selected common butterfly species found in Oregon. Click on a highlighted species name to see various photos of that butterfly. The list will grow as photos of other species become available.

I generally follow Pyle's Butterflies of Cascadia for the English and scientific names as this is the primary guidebook for Oregon. I try to cross-reference with the standardized names used by NABA or other authors where they differ (see references). Unfortunately there is considerable disagreement on several species.

Photos by Dennis Deck unless otherwise specified.



Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)

Swallowtails (Subfamily Papilioninae)

Parnassians (Subfamily Parnassiinae)


Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

Whites (Subfamily Pierinae)

Sulphurs (Subfamily Coliadinae)


Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

Coppers (Subfamily Lycaeninae)

Hairstreaks (Subfamily Theclinae)

Blues (Subfamily Polyommatinae)


Metalmarks (Family Riodinidae)


Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

Heliconians and Fritillaries (Subfamily Heliconiinae)

See also Fritillary supbspecies from the OSU butterfly collection.

True Brush-foots (Subfamily Nymphalinae)

Admirals and Relatives (Subfamily Limenitidinae)

Satyrs (Subfamily Satyrinae)

Monarchs (Subfamily Danainae)


Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Spread-wing Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae)

Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae)


Common Day Flying Moths and Caterpillars

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