(Nymphalis antiopa, Linnaeus 1758) The mourning cloak (also known as Camberwell beauty) is a butterfly with unusual forewing outlines. The dark maroon wings have pale, speckled edges and a dark inner margin with blue spots. Eggs are laid in large clusters on elm, poplar, and willow trees. The caterpillar is black with white spots and has maroon patches on the back. This larva eats the leaves of poplar, elm, salix, and betula. Adults sip fermenting fruit juices, oak sap, and flower nectar.

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Types of Butterflies – Peacock Butterfly. Image :flickr.com

The peacock butterfly (Inachis io) is a common butterfly from temperate parts of Europe (including Britain) and Asia. This butterfly makes a hissing sound when it is alarmed (usually upon seeing a bird); it makes the sound by rubbing its wings together. The wings are brownish-purple with a bright eyespot on each wing (the wings look a bit like an owl’s face). The undersides of the wings are mottled grayish-brown. The larval host plant is the stinging nettle; the caterpillar is black with spines. Classification: Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies), genus Inachis, species I. io.

10. American Snout Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – American Snout Butterfly. Image :pinterest.com

The American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) is a butterfly that has long labial palps (mustache-like scaly mouthparts on either side of the proboscis) that look like a long snout. The butterfly has a 1 3/8 – 2 inch (3.5 – 5 cm) wingspan. The front pair of legs on the male (but not the female) are reduced in size. Eggs are laid in groups on the hackberry plant. The caterpillar eats hackberry (celtis); the adult sips nectar of the flowers from asters, dogbane, dogwood, goldenrod, sweet pepperbush, and more. Adult American Snout butterflies look like dead leaves. They sometimes go on long migrations. They are brush-footed butterflies (Family Libytheidae).

11. Southern Dogface

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Types of Butterflies – Southern Dogface. Image :fineartamerica.com

The southern dogface butterfly, Colias cesonia, is a yellow butterfly that is also known as the dog’s head butterfly. The wings are mostly yellow; there is a small dark circle in the center of the forewing and the margins of the wings are black) they look a bit like a dog’s face). Males have brighter coloration than females. The wingspan is 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 inches (58-65 cm). The caterpillar is green with black and yellow stripes. This butterfly lives in open woods in the southern half of the USA. The larval host plant is the false indigo bush, Amorpha fruticosa (a legume). Classification: family Pieridae, genus Colias (Zerene), species C. cesonia.

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12. Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – queen alexandra birdwing butterfly. Image :picturelights.club

This butterfly can be located on the north part of Papua New Guinea. Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly is also considered as the world’s biggest butterflies with their wingspan measured in 30 cm.

13. Gian

13. Giant Owl Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – Giant Owl Butterfly. Image :oldbagsnewtricks.com

This butterfly has a unique pattern resembling like an owl’s eyes on their wings. Giant owl Butterfly can be located under the tree. Because of this unique pattern, this beautiful creature has been named The Giant Owl Butterfly.

14. 88 But

14. 88 Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – 88 Butterfly. Image :flickr.com

In my opinion, this species is the most unique butterfly among the other previous butterfly. They have unique pattern like 88 number on their wings. 88 Butterfly can be located in the Pantanal Brazil.

15. Dead L

15. Dead Leaves Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – Dead Leaves Butterfly. Image :wikipedia.org

This butterfly can be located around the South Asia, Madagascar, and India forest. The dead leaves butterfly is the master of camouflage with their wings shaped like dead leaves. You are also hard to see them in the forest since they are perfectly blend with the surrounding environment.

16. Glassw

16. Glasswing Butterfly

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ypes of Butterflies – Glasswing Butterfly. Image :animalsake.com

This animal can be located in the Central America and Mexico. The Glasswing Butterfly is probably the most favorite animal for Princess Cinderella as they shared the same thing in common. The glasswing butterfly has amazing crystal clear wings like a glass.

17. Summer

17. Summer Azure Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – Summer Azure Butterfly. Image :focusingonwildlife.com

The Summer Azure Butterfly can be located on the savanna and wide environment. The wings color of this butterfly is blue and they can be found in the eastern part of North America.

18. Vicero

18. Viceroy

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Types of Butterflies – Viceroy. Image :minnesotaseasons.com

This butterfly is originated from the North America. The wing of viceroy is colored in black and orange. Viceroy butterfly is active at noon until in the evening.

19. Tiger

19. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Image :animalsake.com

The next stunning butterfly is the tiger swallowtail butterfly. They can be located throughout the United States of America and Canada. They canbe recognized from the color of their wing which resembling like a tiger skin.

20. Ulysse

20. Ulysses Butterfly

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Types of Butterflies – Ulysses Butterfly. Image :australianbutterflies.com

The last stunning butterfly on the list has many nicknames start with the Blue Mountain swallowtail, the Blue Emperor and the Mountain Blue butterfly. The Ulysses Butterfly can be recognized from their blue colored wings.


21. Adonis Blue

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types of butterflies – Adonis Blue. Image: loirennature.blogspot.com

Adonis Blue (Polyommatus bellargus) is one of many types of butterflies that live in limestone grasslands in England. They have bright blue wings, while most females are dark brown. Their unique traits are thin, dark strips that line the tips of their wings, along with white edges. Adonis Blue’s wingspan is about 1.5 inches (38 mm). Their colonies reach the peak of their numbers during summer. Adonis Blue was previously declined in numbers, but they have been multiplied to the point that they are no longer threatened.


22. Montezuma’s Cattleheart

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types of butterflies – Montezuma’s Cattleheart. Images : rickwillsphotos.com

Montezuma’s Cattleheart (Parides montezuma) is a native species of the American continent, especially in warmer parts. They live in dry forests in Mexico and Costa Rica. They thrive in areas that are 700 meters-high above the sea level. These butterflies have black wings, with orange or red crescent-like specks on their hindwings. They are sometimes seen in California and Texas. Montezuma’s Cattleheart is not an endangered species, but they can be hard to spot due to their dark colors.


23. Chestnut Tiger23. Chestnut Tiger

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types of butterflies – Chestnut Tiger. Images :commoswikimedia.org

Chestnut Tiger (Parantica sita) are common butterflies that live in India, Kashmir, Tibet, Pakistan, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the Himalayan region. They have large, elongated wings with black lines and dirty white or light blue color, with light markings near the tips. Their wingspans can reach 1.7 to 2.6 inches (43 to 66 mm). Chestnut Tiger is a migrating species, and they can travel over 1,000 km to find areas with pleasant weather.


24. Duke of Burgundy

24. Duke of Burgundy

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types of butterflies – Duke of Burgundy. Images :ww2.wrpsb.org.uk

Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina) is a small butterfly species that live in grasslands in central southern England. They are reclusive and never visit flowers, although they usually emerge during spring and summer. The males often perch on large leaves, and the females usually fly low. Their wingspans are between 1.14 and 1.25 inches (29 and 32 mm). Duke of Burgundy is a threatened species due to deforestation and pollution. They are estimated to live in only 20 sites in England.


25. Small Blue Butte

25. Small Blue Butterfly

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types of butterflies – Small Blue Butterfly. Images: butterflyconservation.org

Despite the name, Small Blue butterflies (Cupido minimus) are not really blue in color. Males and females usually have dark brown or greyish wings, with small specks of blue. Their wingspans are only 0.79 to 1.18 inches (20 to 30 mm), making them easy to overlook. These butterflies prefer to perch on grass blades, mainly in warm chalk grasslands in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Small Blue butterflies are not endangered, but due to declining numbers and habitats, they now become priorities in conservation programs.


26. Trans Andean Cat

26. Trans Andean Cattleheart

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types of butterflies – Trans Andean Cattleheart. Image :wikipedia.org

Trans Andean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas) is a native species of Central and South America. They live in warm areas in the Andes region, such as the lowlands and forests in Peru, although they are also found in Costa Rica and Mexico. Their wingspans are about 3.9 inches (10 cm). The butterfly’s colors are black, and they have extended wings with white marks on the forewings and red on the hindwings. The caterpillars are poisonous, and they have horn-like appendages used to warn predators.


27. Map Butterfly27. Map Butterfly

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types of butterflies – Map Butterfly. Images :en.wikipedia.org

Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana) is a species that lives in eastern and central Europe, but their numbers are slowly growing in western Europe. They are common in Germany, Finland, and Estonia. These butterflies have unique colors depending on when they emerge from the chrysalis. The summer broods have orange wings with black patterns that become smaller when reaching the edges. The summer broods have dark wings with white specks. This butterfly chooses stinging nettles as nests.


28. Geranium Bronze28. Geranium Bronze

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types of butterflies – -Geranium Bronze. Images :commons.wikimwedia.org

Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) is a native butterfly of South Africa. They have bronze or brown wings with simple white linings on the top. The bottom parts of the wings have more intricate patterns, with net-like white and dark lines. They have two eye-like patterns on the hindwings, which they use to confuse predators. Their wingspans range from 0.7 to 0.9 inches (18 to 23 mm). Geranium Bronze was introduced to Europe in the 70’s, but now, they are considered pests for geranium and pelargonium flowers.


29. Criton Birdwing29. Criton Birdwing

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types of butterflies – Criton Birdwing. Image :ftp.funet.fi

Criton Birdwing (Troides criton) is a butterfly species that live in eastern Indonesia, particularly islands such as Halmahera, Morotai, Obi, and Ternate. This butterfly has distinctive coloring, with black wings and yellow scale marks on the hindwings. Criton Birdwing is a large butterfly, with a wingspan that reaches 5.5 to 6 inches (14 to 15 cm).  There are almost no visual differences between the males and females. They are endemic species of Indonesia and considered protected.


30. Edith’s Checkerspot30. Edith’s Checkerspot

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types of butterflies – Edith’s Checkerspot. Images :flickr.com

Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha) is a species that lives in North America, particularly Canada, Nevada, Baja California, Utah, San Bernardino Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains. Their wings exhibit intricate patterns of orange, white, and red. It is one of the types of butterflies that have contrasting mating habits between the males and females. The males mate several times with many females in their lifetimes, while the females only mate once.




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  1. it actually helped me a lot
    i was doing my school project on butterflies it contains very important information and with pictures for which i was looking for thank you a lot
    _ mihir kulkarni

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