Butterflies Butterflies are known as Lepidopteras, which means scaled wings.There are more than 250,000 species of Lepidopteras around the world. There are more moth species than there are butterfly, including 240,000 moth species and 20,000 butterfly species. About 725 species of butterflies are in the United States and Canada. Covering all of these species would take years, so this website will cover butterfly species in Florida, where people can visit butterflies in Florida, how to identify them and educate readers on general information about butterflies.


Florida Scientists have recorded 13 butterfly species that migrate into Florida to avoid cold winter temperatures, including the Monarch,Long-Tailed Skipper, Buckeye and Gulf Fritillary. However, in recent years there has been a sharp decline in the number of butterflies migrating into Florida. Fewer available food plants could be the reason. Some food plants die from herbicides used in lawns, roadsides and agricultural fields.Thankfully, Florida has areas that are permanetly protected. Meaning people can not spray chemicals or do things that would harm butterflies in the protected areas.