Great Butterfly Variety in North Carolina

Little Yellow 

The 1.25 to 1.75-inch wingspan yellow butterfly with dark borders or splotches. These butterflies live statewide, except in western and central areas.

Common Buckeye

Brown buckeyes with orange bars and 6 eyespots. Four huge, multicoloured eyespots. 1.62 to 2.75 inches. In sunny, open settings with bare ground and sparse vegetation, you can locate these butterflies.

Cabbage White 

The cabbage white butterfly is widespread, including in North Carolina. They are white with yellowish-green or grayish-green undersides and 1.74 to 2.25 inches long.

Orange Sulphur

Orange sulphur butterflies are white or yellow with orange overlaps, black borders, and yellow veins. They have 1.37-2.75-inch wingspans. You can find them in fields and meadows throughout the state.

American lady

Summer American lady butterflies in warmer states are larger and brighter. Their hindwings include two enormous yellow, brown, and orange eyespots. 1.75 to 2.62 inches.

Silver-Spotted Skipper

This butterfly's name comes from its gold dots and silver band. 1.75 to 2.62 inches. Caterpillars eat woody and herbaceous legumes. Adult butterflies avoid yellow flowers. Red, pink, blue, and purple are preferred.


Monarch butterflies live in California's open habitats. These butterflies are prevalent throughout North America and have vivid orange wings with black borders and veins. They have 3.37 to 4.87-inch wingspans.

 Summer Azure

North Carolina has 5 species of azure. Powdery blue butterflies are found in gardens and stream valleys around the state. They have 0.9-1.1-inch wingspans. Adult butterflies live from June to October.

 Eastern tiger swallow tail 

The eastern tiger swallowtail gets its name from the "tails" on its wings that mimic swallows'. Dark stripes on yellow wings resemble tigers. But females can be bluish-black with dark streaks. Wingspan is 3.6 to 6.5 inches.

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