Arkansas Butterflies


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.


Color codes for map circles are:

RED - Herschel Raney and Eric Haley and records from Mt. Magazine

ORANGE - Mel White

GREEN - Norm and Cheryl Lavers

PINK - Lori Spencer

YELLOW - Bob Barber

GRAY - Tom Lewis

BLACK - a three source record from the USGS, the Lavers, Raney/Haley or Mel White

BRIGHT GREEN - from Heritage Commission lists, specimen or visual

PEACH - from Bill Shepherd and/or Lyndal York

PURPLE - from Bo Verser

PALE GREEN - from Dan and Samantha Scheiman

Purple with turquoise center is Rose Maschek in North Arkansas

turquoise with black center is Kenny and Ladonna Nichols adding records after 2012.

turquoise with white center is Devin Moon from Columbia county and SW AR records in 2016.

BLACK with WHITE CENTERS are from the survey (2010) and action plan papers from Baltosser, Rudolph, Ely and Scheiman 2015

TURQUOISE are from other observers and are visual





Family:  Hesperiidae


Silver-spotted Skipper                            Meskeís Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper                                  Peckís Skipper

(Dorantes Longtail)

Golden Banded-Skipper                Tawny-edged Skipper

Hoary Edge                                          Crossline Skipper

Southern Cloudywing                                   (Whirlabout)

Northern Cloudywing                   Southern Broken-Dash

Confused Cloudywing                  Northern Broken-Dash

(Outis Skipper)                                      Little Glassywing

Hayhurstís Scallopwing                                       Sachem

(Sickle-winged Skipper)                            Arogos Skipper

Horaceís Duskywing                             Delaware Skipper

Sleepy Duskywing                                   Byssus Skipper

Dreamy Duskywing                               Hobomok Skipper

Mottled Duskywing                                 Zabulon Skipper

Juvenalís Duskywing                                    Yehl Skipper

(Zarucco Duskywing)                     Broad-winged Skipper

(Persius Duskywing)                                    Dion Skipper

Funereal Duskywing                                 Dukesí Skipper

Wild Indigo Duskywing                                 Dun Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper                   Dusted Skipper

(Tropical Checkered-Skipper)     Pepper and Salt Skipper

(Desert Checkered-Skipper)     Lindaís Roadside-Skipper

(Northern White-SkipperLace-winged Roadside-Skipper

Common Sootywing               Carolina Roadside-Skipper

Swarthy Skipper                       (Nysa Roadside-Skipper)

Clouded Skipper                   Common Roadside-Skipper

Least Skipper                              Bellís Roadside-Skipper

(Orange Skipperling)                 Dusky Roadside-Skipper

Southern Skipperling                                Eufala Skipper

Fiery Skipper                                         Brazilian Skipper

Leonardís Skipper                                     Ocola Skipper

Cobweb Skipper                              Yucca Giant-Skipper



Family:  Papilionidae


Pipevine Swallowtail                              Giant Swallowtail

(Polydamas Swallowtail)           Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail                          Spicebush Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail                        (Palamedes Swallowtail)

Ozark Swallowtail



Family: Pieridae


(Florida White)                                    Cloudless Sulphur

Checkered White                                     Mexican Yellow

Cabbage White                         (Orange-barred Sulphur)

(Great Southern White)               (Large Orange Sulphur)

Olympia Marble                                        (Barred Yellow)

Falcate Orangetip                                         Little Yellow

Clouded Sulphur                                      Sleepy Orange

Orange Sulphur                                       Dainty Sulphur

Southern Dogface


Family: Lycaenidae


Harvester                                             Eastern Pine Elfin

American Copper                                      Oak Hairstreak

Bronze Copper                                   White M Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak                           Gray Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak                            (Western Pygmy-Blue)

Edwardís Hairstreak                                   (Cassius Blue)

Banded Hairstreak                                       (Marine Blue)

(Ceraunus Blue)

Hickory Hairstreak                                       Reakirtís Blue

Kingís Hairstreak                               Eastern Tailed-Blue

Striped Hairstreak                                        Spring Azure

Red-banded Hairstreak                             Summer Azure

Juniper Hairstreak                               Appalachian Azure

Frosted Elfin                                                 Dusky Azure

Henryís Elfin                                                   Silvery Blue


Family: Riodinidae


Swamp Metalmark                             Northern Metalmark


Family: Nymphalidae


American Snout                                        Question Mark

Gulf Fritillary                                           Eastern Comma

(Julia)                                                          Gray Comma
(Zebra)                                                    Mourning Cloak

Variegated Fritillary                      (Milbertís Tortoiseshell)

Diana Fritillary                                             Painted Lady

Great Spangled Fritillary                           American Lady

(Regal Fritillary)                                             Red Admiral

(Bordered Patch)

Gorgone Checkerspot                          Common Buckeye

Silvery Checkerspot                              (Common Mestra)

Phaon Crescent                                Red-spotted Admiral

Pearl Crescent                                                      Viceroy

Baltimore Checkerspot


Family: Apaturidae


Goatweed Leafwing                                 Tawny Emperor

Hackberry Emperor


Family: Satyridae


Southern Pearly-eye                                  Carolina Satyr

Northern Pearly-eye                        Helicta/Georgia Satyr

Creole Pearly-eye                                  Little Wood-Satyr

Appalachian Brown                      Common Wood-Nymph

Gemmed Satyr


Family: Danaidae


Monarch                                                              (Queen)