Butterflies

Regal Fritillary on Showy Milkweed

Not only do these often add color to the landscape, but these fascinating creatures offer yet another glimpse of the diversity of plants and animals at Quivira.


Nearly 60 species of butterflies have been recorded at Quivira, from the tiniest of blues to the large and showy swallowtails.  Below is only a sampling of some of the more common and/or interesting species you may encounter.

 

Red Admiral
Red Admiral 
 Checkered White
Checkered White 
 Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak 
 Gray Copper
Gray Copper 
 Variegated Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary 
 Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent 
 American Lady
American Lady 
 Monarch
Monarch 
  Common Checkered Skipper
Common Checkered Skipper 
 Silver-spotted Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper 
 Dainty Sulphur 
Dainty Sulphur
 Orange Sulphur
Orange Sulphur 

Quivira "Specialties"

We have highlighted these species for reasons of range, habitat preference, appearance, or a combination of reasons.

 

 

Regal Fritillary
Regal Fritillary, a true prairie-loving species 
 Queen
The Queen, a cousin of the Monarch, is a southwestern species that occurs here occasionally 
 Painted Crescent
The Painted Crescent:  compare with the common Pearl and not-so-common Phaon. 
 Phaon Crescent
The Phaon Crescent:  like the Painted Crescent, this can be seen along the Wildlife Drive. 
 Bordered Patch
The Bordered Patch is a southern species that can become common in the fall. 
 Western Pygmy Blue
The tiny Western Pygmy Blue, our smallest butterfly, prefers salt flats.