The list is linked to my current dot maps of the Arkansas butterfly ranges. Click on the names below for the maps. (See the Arkansas Checklist for more detailed seasonal and occurrence information). Baseline was established with the USGS survey maps with those records (usually confirmed and sometimes historical specimen collections) in BLUE. The rest of the color codes are otherwise as below. All other colors are visual records. These are updated as I receive the information from my field sources.
Records with a central blue dot are prior USGS records that have then been confirmed by our more recent sightings. I am interested in receiving any rare or unusual sightings for further confirmation. I must have an identifiable digital photo to include the record except from my normal sight sources. The county map below is updated as well after several sightings but should be close to UTD. We are working in 2017 to survey some of the lower monitored counties.
There are 162 species mapped and currently 29 species are purely vagrants at this point (marked parenthetically below). This now includes the Regal Frit which would be vagrant in the NW sections but has bred there in the past. Prairie landscapes vanishing have removed it northward into Missouri. Vagrants likely are not habitat dependent. More prevailing winds and whimsy. And boom years in their native regions likely release more into the late summer world. 13 species in this group have been seen since this website started in 2004. The rest have no "modern" records. And 9 species have only been seen in one county prior to 2004 and may not be seen again in my lifetime in our state.
Of the other 133 species I would classify 88 of them as "statewide". Meaning that every county with the right habitat should have these as a record. As I write this only 9 counties have even 88 species documented. And we have yet to have a butterfly that has been recorded in every county. The closest species being Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Buckeye, Goatweed Leafwing and Silver-spotted Skipper. The other 45 species are the maps that likely will mean the most in the end. They will never be documented for all or even half the counties. In some cases the maps are likely essentially complete. There may be no more Appalachian Brown colonies for instance. Possibly a few more Northern Metalmark colonies. Any sightings of these are significant. As well as Dusky Azure, Edward's and Kings Hairstreaks. Quite a few of these require photos for documentation.