Florida Butterfly Species

Two butterflies There are around 200 species of butterflies in Florida. They can be broken up in to butterfly families and subfamilies.

Hesperiidae- Skippers

Part of the superfamily Hesperioidea. The Skippers are richest in the tropics. Many Skipper species are in Florida.

Papilioidae- Parnassions and Swallowtails

Belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. They are richest in the tropics.

Pieridae- Whites and Sulphurs

Belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Found in the tropics.

Lycaenidae- Gossamer-Wing Butterflies

Belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Found in tropics.

Riodinidae- Metalmarks

Belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. In the tropical parts of North America.

Nymphalidae- Brush-footed Butterflies

Belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Rich in the tropics.


The Butterfly and Moth Website names all of the species that can be found in Florida. But a few of the species found here include:

Monarch
Monarch (Pictured right)

Breed in Florida year round. Migrates to Florida during winter months.

Florida Leafwing

Extreme southern peninsular Florida and the Florida Keys.

Florida Purplewing

Throughout southern Florida the whole year

Miami Blue

Can be found in the Florida Keys throughout the year.


Why Florida?

The butterflies that migrate or stay in Florida do so because of the warm temperature.Nymph, Tree Many butterflies that spend the summer in temperate North America cannot survive northern winters. Each year, as the weather becomes warmer, butterflies from Mexico and the southern United States fly north to repopulate these regions.