Common Butterflies in Hawaii
You can find all sorts of butterflies in the state of Hawaii. Some of the most common ones include:
A Monarch butterfly looks like a small, colorful butterfly with a wingspan of about two inches. They are found in North America, and are attracted to flowers. Their habitat consists of meadows, forests, and gardens.
Cabbage White Butterfly
The Cabbage White butterfly is typically a light brown or tan color and has a wingspan of about 2 inches. They are found in open, sunny areas, such as fields and meadows, and are attracted to flowering plants. They use their wings to sip nectar from flowers.
Painted Lady Butterfly
The Painted Lady butterfly is a beautiful butterfly with a pattern of violet, black, and white. They are found in the eastern United States, and are usually found in woodlands or open areas with plenty of flowers.
Fiery Skipper Butterfly
The Fiery Skipper butterfly is a brightly colored butterfly with a wingspan of about 2 ½ inches. They are mostly found in open areas near forests, but can be found in other habitats as well. They are active during the day, but are more likely to be found resting on flowers at night.
Sleepy Orange Butterfly
A Sleepy Orange butterfly is a beautiful butterfly with a soft orange body and black wings. They are often seen resting on flowers in the early morning or late afternoon. The Sleepy Orange butterfly lives in moist areas near water, such as meadows, streams, and ponds.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
The Gulf Fritillary butterfly is a beautiful butterfly with a black and yellow pattern on its wings. They are found in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, and feed on nectar from flowers.
Large Orange Sulphur Butterfly
A Large Orange Sulphur butterfly has a wingspan of about two inches. They are typically light brown with orange and black markings. They are found in open areas with lots of flowers, such as meadows.
Western Pygmy-Blue Butterfly
The Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly is a small, blue butterfly found in the western US. It is found in dry, open habitats with scattered trees.
Sandhill Skipper Butterfly
A Sandhill Skipper butterfly has a wingspan of about 1.5 inches. They are generally brown or black with a white or pale yellow stripe down the middle of their wings. They prefer to live in open areas with plenty of grasses and flowers, but they can also be found in gardens and other areas with a lot of vegetation.
Asian Swallowtail Butterfly
An Asian Swallowtail butterfly is typically a light brown or reddish color and has a wingspan of about 1.5 inches. They are found in warm, tropical climates and are often found near water. Asian Swallowtail butterflies are often seen flying around in circles or darting in and out of the air. They are very active fliers and can easily fly long distances.
Butterflies in Hawaii by County
Did you know there are 5 counties in the state of Hawaii? We’ve made lists of all the different butterflies in Hawaii for each of those counties. Find the name of the county you want to learn more about in the list below: