Butterfly Life List

Butterfly watching was something that I did not really intend to get into when I started birding. Some birders observe butterflies while birding, and in the summer months when birds are breeding, butterflies take center stage. I started butterfly watching in 2011 --- but in 2012, as my interest grew, it was apparent that it was an amazing year to be butterfly watching. Many butterflies "irrupted" from southern regions in the US into Ontario. Fiery Skipper, Dainty Sulphur, Yellow Sulphur, Sachem, Variegated Fritillary were some rare butterflies that arrived just to name a few.

I can honestly say that getting a butterfly lifer is just as exciting as seeing a new bird species for the first time. Butterfly watching in itself is very satisfying, but I find mixing that hobby with photography makes it even better. I love to capture that fantastic photo that captures the beauty of a butterfly to show others. The image below for example - two Hackberry Emporers looking down at me from a Hackberry tree at the tip of Point Pelee - breathtaking. Or the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Dense Blazingstar wildflowers at Ojibway Parks Provincial Tallgrass Prairie ---genius!
Mixing in a third dynamic -travel-  with  butterfly watching and photography is just downright intoxicating.  The lens I mainly use for buttefly watching is a cheap 55-250mm Canon lens on a Canon 7D DSLR body. My current binoculars are Nikon Monarch 5 8X40. Two guides that I recommend are Kaufman Butterflies and the ROM Butterflies of Ontario. The beautiful photography in those books alone is well worth the price. Leave it on your coffee table for others to enjoy, or to flip through occasionally.

Butterfly Life List - Dwayne
Skippers - Family Hesperiidae Location of First Sighting Photo
1 Silver-spotted Skipper ( Epargyreus clarus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
2 Southern Cloudywing  ( Thorybes bathyllus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
3 Northern Cloudywing ( Thorybes pylades ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
4 Dreamy Duskywing ( Erynnis icelus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
5 Juvenal's Duskywing ( Erynnis juvenalis ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
6 Horace's Duskywing ( Erynnis horatius ) Shawnee State Park OH yes [link]
7 Columbine Duskywing ( Erynnis lucilius ) ? no
8 Wild Indigo Duskywing ( Erynnis baptisiae ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
9 Common Checkered Skipper ( Pyrgus communis ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
10 Tropical Checkered Skipper () ? Harns Marsh Lehigh Acres, FL yes 
11 Common Sootywing ( Pholisora catullus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
12 Fiery Skipper ( Hylephila phyleus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
13 Peck's Skipper ( Polites peckius ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
14 Tawny-edged Skipper ( Polites themistocles ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
15 Crossline Skipper ( Polites origenes ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
16 Long Dash Skipper ( Polites mystic ) Ojibway Park,  Windsor ON yes [link]
17 Northern Broken-Dash ( Wallengrenia egeremet ) Kopegaron Woods Leamington ON yes [link]
18 Little Glassywing ( Pompeius verna ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
19 Sachem ( Atalopedes campestris ) Ojibway Park | Wheatley Marina yes [link]
20 Delaware Skipper ( Anatrytone logan ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
21 Hobomok Skipper ( Poanes hobomok ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
22 Broad-winged Skipper ( Poanes viator ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
23 Dukes' Skipper ( Euphyes dukesi ) Brunet Park (Lasalle ON) yes [link]

24 Black Dash ( Euphyes conspicua ) Point Pelee yes [link]
25 Dun Skipper ( Euphyes vestris ) Point Pelee yes [link]
26 European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) Ojibway Park yes [link]
27 Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor) Ojibway Park yes [link]
28 Two-banded Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
29 Leonard's Skipper (Hesperia leonardus) Pinery Provincial Park yes [link]

Swallowtails - Family Papilionidae
30 Pipevine Swallowtail ( Battus philenor ) Point Pelee yes [link]
31 Zebra Swallowtail ( Eurytides marcellus )  Shawnee State Park OH yes [link]
32 Black Swallowtail ( Papilio polyxenes ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
33 Giant Swallowtail ( Papilio cresphontes ) Point Pelee yes [link]
34 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ( Papilio glaucus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]

35 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail ( Papilio canadensis ) Carden Alvar yes [link]
36 Spicebush Swallowtail ( Papilio troilus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
37 Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
Whites and Sulphurs - Family Pieridae
38 Mustard White ( Pieris oleracea ) Traverse City MI yes [link]
39 Cabbage White ( Pieris rapae ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
40 Great Southern White ( Ascia monuste )  Fort Myers Florida yes [link]
41 Clouded Sulphur ( Colias philodice ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
42 Orange Sulphur ( Colias eurytheme ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
43 Pink-edged Sulphur ( Colias interior ) ? Sisters Oregon yes
44 Orange-barred Sulphur ( Phoebis philea ) Fort Myers Florida yes [link]
45 Little Yellow ( Pyrisitia lisa ) Point Pelee yes [link]

46 Dainty Sulphur ( Nathalis iole ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
47 Becker’s White  (Pontia beckerii) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
Gossamer-winged Butterflies - Family Lycaenidae
48 American Copper ( Lycaena phlaeas ) Ojibway Park yes [link]

49 Bronze Copper ( Lycaena hyllus ) Hillman Marsh yes [link]

49 Dorcas Copper ( Lycaena dorcas ) Bruce Peninsula yes [link]

50 Acadian Hairstreak ( Satyrium acadica ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
51 Coral Hairstreak ( Satyrium titus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
52 Edwards' Hairstreak ( Satyrium edwardsii ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
53 Banded Hairstreak ( Satyrium calanus ) Brunet Park (Lasalle ON) yes [link]
54 Hickory Hairstreak ( Satyrium caryaevorus ) Brunet Park (Lasalle ON) yes [link]
55 Striped Hairstreak ( Satyrium liparops ) Brunet Park (Lasalle ON) yes [link]
56 Juniper Hairstreak ( Callophrys gryneus ) Point Pelee yes [link]

57 Fulvous Hairstreak (Electrostrymon angelia) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
58 Gray Hairstreak ( Strymon melinus ) Holiday Beach yes [link]
59 Eastern Tailed Blue ( Cupido comyntas ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
60 Northern Spring Azure ( Celastrina lucia ) Point Pelee yes [link]
61 Summer Azure ( Celastrina neglecta ) Point Pelee yes [link]
62 Silvery Blue ( Glaucopsyche lygdamus ) Carden Alvar yes [link]
63 Rocky Mountain Dotted Blue (Euphilotes ancilla ancilla) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
64 Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) Fort Myers Florida yes [link]
65 Melissa (Karner) Blue ( Plebejus melissa samuelis ) Newaygo MI yes [link]

66 Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
Brush-footed Butterflies - Family Nymphalidae
67 American Snout ( Libytheana carinenta ) Point Pelee yes [link]
68 Gulf Fritillary ( Agraulis vanillae )  Fort Myers FL yes [link]
69 Variegated Fritillary ( Euptoieta claudia ) Ojibway Park yes [link]

70 Great Spangled Fritillary ( Speyeria cybele ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
71 Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona) Larose Forest (Limoges ON) yes [link]
72 Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)  ? Grayling MI (Misery Bay PP, Manitoulin) yes[link]
73 Silvery Checkerspot ( Chlosyne nycteis ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
74 Pearl Crescent ( Phyciodes tharos ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
75 Northern Crescent ( Phyciodes cocyta ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
76 Tawny Crescent ( Phyciodes batesii ) Carden Alvar yes [link]

77 Baltimore Checkerspot ( Euphydryas phaeton ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
78 Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla) Banff National Park yes [link]
79 Question Mark ( Polygonia interrogationis ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
80 Eastern Comma ( Polygonia comma ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
81 Hoary Comma ( Polygonia gracilis ) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
82 Gray Comma ( Polygonia progne ) Georgian Bay Islands National Park yes [link]
83 Mourning Cloak ( Nymphalis antiopa ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
84 Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti) Strathroy ON yes [link]

85 California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
86 American Lady ( Vanessa virginiensis ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
87 Painted Lady ( Vanessa cardui ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
88 Red Admiral ( Vanessa atalanta ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
89 Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini) Victoria BC yes [link]
90 Common Buckeye ( Junonia coenia ) Ojibway Park yes [link]

91 Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia genoveva) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
92 White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
93 White Admiral ( Limenitis arthemis arthemis ) Algonquin Park yes [link]
94 Red-spotted Purple ( Limenitis arthemis astyanax ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
95 Viceroy ( Limenitis archippus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
96 Hackberry Emperor ( Asterocampa celtis ) Point Pelee yes [link]
97 Tawny Emperor ( Asterocampa clyton ) Point Pelee yes [link]
98 Northern Pearly-Eye ( Lethe anthedon ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
99 Eyed Brown ( Lethe eurydice ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
100 Appalachian Brown ( Lethe appalachia ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
101 Little Wood-Satyr ( Megisto cymela ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
102 Common Ringlet ( Coenonympha tullia ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
103 Common Wood-Nymph ( Cercyonis pegala ) Ojibway Park yes [link]
104 Great Arctic (Oeneis nevadensis) Sisters Oregon yes [link]
105 Monarch ( Danaus plexippus ) Ojibway Park yes [link]

106 Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Harns Marsh Lehigh Acres, FL yes [link]
107 Julia Longwing ( Dryas julia) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
108 Zebra Longwing  (Heliconius charithonia) Fort Myers FL yes [link]

109 - Dusted Skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna) Pinery PP, yes [link]
110 - Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon), Pinery PP, yes [link]
111- Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polia), Pinery PP, yes [link]
112- Northern Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius) , Wallaceburg ON, yes[link]
113- Common Roadside Skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis) Tobermory ON , yes [link]
114- Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) Manitoulin ON , yes [link]
115- Harris's Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii) Manitoulin ON , yes [link]

116- Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea) Portsmouth Ohio yes [link]
117- Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo) Portsmouth Ohio yes [link]
118- Mulberry Wing Skipper (Poanes massasoit) Rondeau Park, ON yes [link]
119- Dion Skipper (Euphyes dion dion) McGregor ON yes [link]

120 - Barred Yellow  (Eurema daira) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
121 - Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)Fort Myers FL yes [link]
122 - Mallow Scrub Hairstreak , Fort Myers FL yes [link]
123 - Red banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
124- Little Metalmark  (Calephelis virginiensis),  Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
125 - Twin Spot Skipper (Oligoria maculata), Punta Gorda FL yes [link]

126- Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes), Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
127 - Monk Skipper  (Asbolis capucinus) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
128 - Whirlabout Skipper (Polites vibex) , Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
129 - Palmetto Skipper (Euphyes arpa ), Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
130 - Southern Broken Dash (Wallengrenia otho), Punta Gorda FL yes [link]
131 - Eastern Pygmy Blue (Brephidium pseudofea) Fort Myers FL yes [link]
132 - Olympia Marble   (Euchloe olympia) , Pinery Provincial Park ON, yes [link]
133 - Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)  , Pinery Provincial Park ON, yes [link]

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