Butterflies in West Eugene

butterfly on a flowerWest Eugene Butterflies

The list below follows the scientific, taxonomic order of the North American Butterfly Association’s Checklist of North American Butterflies Occurring North of Mexico (2001). For information on the 78 common butterfly species in our area, please consult the North America Butterfly Association’s "Finding Lane County Butterflies" (2004) or "Butterflies of Lane County" (2005), both written by Neil Björklund. For images of butterfly species in the checklist for the wetlands, consult Butterflies and Moths of North America.

Papilonidae (Swallowtails)
Common Name
Scientific Name
Clodius parnassian
Parnassius clodius
Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon
Western tiger swallowtail
Papilio rutulus
Pale swallowtail
Papilio eurymedo

Pieridae (Whites and Sulphurs
Common Name
Scientific Name
Pine white
Neophasia menapia
Mustard white
Pieris marginalis
Cabbage white
Pieris rapae
Western white
Pontia occidentalis
Sara orangetipAnthocaris sara
Orange sulphurColias eurytheme
Cloudless sulphur
Phoebis sennae (observed by Paul Hammond on May 23, 1992 at Willow Creek Natural Area)

Lycaenidae (Coppers, Hairstreaks, and Blues)
Common Name
Scientific Name
Western tailed-blue
Everes amyntula
Eastern tailed-blue
Everes comyntas
Spring azure
Calastrina ladon
Slivery blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Acmon blue
Icaricia acmon
Boisduval’s blue, Fender’s subspecies
Icaricia icarioides fenderi
Great copper
Lycaena xanthoides
Purplish copper
Lycaena helloides
Gray hairstreak
Strymon melinus

Nymphalidae (Brush-Footed Butterflies)
Common Name
Scientific Name
Field crescent
Phyciodes campestris
Mylitta crescent
Phyciodes mylitta
Satyr comma
Polygonius satyrus
Mourning cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
California tortoiseshell
Nymphalis californica
American lady
Vanessa virginiensis
West coast lady
Vanessa annabella
Painted lady
Vanessa cardui
Lorquin’s admiral
Limenitis lorquini
California sister
Adelpha bredowii
Red admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Common buckeye
Junonia coenia
Danaus plexippus
Common wood nymphy
Cercyonis pegala
Common ringlet
Coenonympha tullia

Hesperidae (Skippers)
Common Name
Scientific Name
Persius duskywing
Erynnis persius
Propertius duskywing
Erynnis propertius
Two-banded checkered-skipper
Pyrgus ruralis
Common checkered-skipper
Pyrgus communis
Juba Skipper
Hesperia juba
Atalopedes campestris
Sonoran skipper
Polites sonora
Dun skipper
Euphyes vestris
Woodland skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides
Common roadside skipper
Amblyscirtes vialis

Day-Flying Moths
Common Name
Scientific Name
Ranchmans’s tiger moth
Platyprepia virginalis
Cinnibar moth
Tyria jacobaea
Elegant sheep moth
Hemileuca eglanterina
White-lined sphinx moth
Hyles lineata