Butterflies in Arizona

Common Butterflies in Arizona

You can find all sorts of butterflies in the state of Arizona. Some of the most common ones include:

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

A Black Swallowtail butterfly is a beautiful creature with a wingspan of about two inches. They are found in warm climates, such as California, and are often seen flitting around flowers. They are very popular as garden butterflies and are often seen in bright colors such as pink, yellow, and orange. They inhabit wooded areas and gardens, where they feed on nectar.

Monarch Butterfly

A Monarch butterfly is a brightly colored butterfly with a wingspan of about two inches. They are found in the United States and Canada, but are especially common in Mexico. They are attracted to milkweed, which is their main food source. They spend their life cycle flying from plant to plant, eating the nectar.

Orange Sulphur Butterfly

A Orange Sulphur butterfly is a beautiful, metallic blue butterfly with orange wings. They are commonly found in open fields and gardens, as well as in forests.

Spring Azure Butterfly

The Spring Azure butterfly is a beautiful butterfly with a vivid blue and white wings. They are found in areas with plenty of flowing water, such as meadows and wetlands.

Cabbage White Butterfly

The Cabbage White butterfly is a beautiful butterfly that is found in the eastern United States. The butterfly has a wingspan of about 1-1/2 inches. The butterfly is predominantly white but has a small amount of brown on its wings. The butterfly is found in meadows, fields, and woodlands.

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

A Clouded Sulphur butterfly is a light brown butterfly with a slightly darker band across its wings. It is found in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and agricultural land.

Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly

The Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies are small with a wingspan of about 2 inches. They are light brown with a metallic sheen and a silver spot on the wing. They live in open areas with lots of flowers, such as meadows, fields, and gardens.

Red Admiral Butterfly

A Red Admiral butterfly is a very colorful butterfly that can be found in open areas with lots of flowers. They prefer habitats near bodies of water, but can also be found in forests.

Viceroy Butterfly

The Viceroy butterfly is a large butterfly that is found in South America. They resemble monarch butterflies in appearance, but are much larger. Their habitat is tropical rainforest.

American Lady Butterfly

The American Lady butterfly is a colorful butterfly that is found in North America. They are found in open areas, such as meadows, fields, and forests.

Butterflies in Arizona by County

Did you know there are 15 counties in the state of Arizona? We’ve made lists of all the different butterflies in Arizona for each of those counties. Find the name of the county you want to learn more about in the list below: