Butterflies of America

Below are links to our pages showing many of the butterflies we've photographed on our journeys across the U.S.  Any butterflies that occur ONLY in northeastern Mexico or Texas will be shown on our Butterflies of Texas & NE Mexico pages.  Species that occur in other US states, but may also occur in Texas will be included here on our Butterflies of North America pages.

*Please note that, for the most part, the images on our North American butterfly pages are named and placed in the order they appear in the books Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies by Paul A. Opler and Field Guide to Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman.  These two books are our primary reference guides.

*We are are not lepidopterists, we just love to photograph butterflies and hope that our website will help others with field identification. Over time we hope to have 20 or more photos of each species from across it's range to show regional variations, males and females, host plants and caterpillars if possible. We may have misidentified some species so please help us keep our site as accurate as possible by letting us know when misidentifications occur.  We will be adding photographs continuously as we travel around the nation so please check back often for updates.

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7th Arizona Record for the Broad-banded Swallowtail

Broad-banded Swallowtail Papilio (Heraclides) astylas

We found this 7th Arizona Record female Broad-banded Swallowtail in Sawmill Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, AZ, USA on September 16, 2005


New 2005 US Record!

We found this beautiful blue skipper in Sycamore Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona on September 12, 2005.  We knew it was different from anything we had seen in any of our reference materials, so we posted photos to Webshots and asked the experts on the SoWestLep and TILS-leps-talk discussion groups what it might be.  It turns out to be a new US record not only for this species, but also for this genus.

We are dedicating this new 2005 US record for Dingy Mylon (Mylon pelopidas) to these people who have helped us so much:

Bill Bouton who introduced us to butterfly photography and guided us through the southwestern US in the 2005 season.

Hank and Priscilla Brodkin for helping us to discover all the great butterflies of Southeastern Arizona.
Ken Davenport for his invaluable help in the Kern Valley area of California.
Jim Brock who has assisted us in so many ways, we cannot list them all.
Andy Warren for his incredible work on the hesperioidea of the world.
Paul Opler for all he has done to help define the butterflies of North America.
Kim Garwood who introduced us to the wonderful butterflies of Mexico.



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