Butterfly Listing by Latin Name (Family Nymphalidae)


With about 6000 species worldwide, the morphological diversity within the brushfoots is immense. There have been decades of debates about how to classify the group and what traits are important and useful. For our purposes, the uniting characteristic of the brushfoots is the reduction of the front pair of legs into small, brush-like appendages that serve no real function, rather like the human appendix or tailbone. As a result, while they still have 3 pairs of legs (an insect characteristic), only two of those leg pairs are actually functional. Brushfoots are some of our largest and recognizable butterflies, including the monarch (Danaus plexippus), painted lady (Vanessa cardui), California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica), and mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa).

Adelpha bredowii californica Adelpha bredowii californica
California Sister
Agraulis vanillae Agraulis vanillae
Gulf Fritillary
Boloria epithore Boloria epithore
Western Meadow Fritillary
Cercyonis oetus Cercyonis oetus
Small Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala boopis Cercyonis pegala boopis
Ox-Eyed Satyr
Cercyonis sthenele silvestris Cercyonis sthenele silvestris
Great Basin Wood Nymph
Chlosyne hoffmanni Chlosyne hoffmanni
Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Chlosyne lacinia Chlosyne lacinia
Bordered Patch
Chlosyne palla Chlosyne palla
Northern Checkerspot
Coenonympha tullia ampelos Coenonympha tullia ampelos
Great Basin Ringlet, East Slope Ringlet
Coenonympha tullia california Coenonympha tullia california
California Ringlet
Danaus gilippus Danaus gilippus
Danaus plexippus Danaus plexippus
Euphydryas chalcedona Euphydryas chalcedona
Variable Checkespot, Chalcedon Checkerspot
Euphydryas editha Euphydryas editha
Edith's Checkerspot
Junonia coenia Junonia coenia
Limenitis lorquini Limenitis lorquini
Lorquin's Admiral
Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa
Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis californica Nymphalis californica
California Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis milberti Nymphalis milberti
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Oeneis chryxus ivallda Oeneis chryxus ivallda
Ivallda Arctic
Phyciodes campestris campestris Phyciodes campestris campestris
Field Crescent
Phyciodes campestris campestris/montana Phyciodes campestris campestris/montana
Feather River Crescent
Phyciodes campestris inornatus Phyciodes campestris inornatus
Northeastern California Crescent
Phyciodes campestris montana Phyciodes campestris montana
Montana Crescent
Phyciodes mylitta Phyciodes mylitta
Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes orseis herlani Phyciodes orseis herlani
California Crescent
Polygonia faunus Polygonia faunus
Faun, Green Comma
Polygonia satyrus Polygonia satyrus
Satyr Anglewing
Polygonia zephyrus Polygonia zephyrus
Zephyr Anglewing
Speyeria atlantis irene Speyeria atlantis irene
Atlantis Fritillary
Speyeria callippe juba Speyeria callippe juba
Callippe Fritillary
Speyeria callippe nevadensis Speyeria callippe nevadensis
Nevada Silverspot
Speyeria callippe ssp. Speyeria callippe ssp.
Callippe Fritillary
Speyeria coronis Speyeria coronis
Crown Fritillary, Coronis Fritillary
Speyeria cybele leto Speyeria cybele leto
Leto Fritillary
Speyeria egleis Speyeria egleis
Great Basin Fritillary, Egleis Fritillary
Speyeria hydaspe Speyeria hydaspe
Hydaspe Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia Speyeria mormonia
Mormon Fritillary
Speyeria zerene Speyeria zerene
Zerene Fritillary
Thessalia leanira Thessalia leanira
Leanira Checkerspot
Vanessa annabella Vanessa annabella
West Coast Lady
Vanessa atalanta Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady
Vanessa virginiensis Vanessa virginiensis
West Virginia Lady, American Painted Lady