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Fritillary, Regal staff 512Not 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.


Admiral, Red staff 220
Red Admiral 
 Checkered White staff 220
Checkered White 
 Cloak, Mourning staff 220
Mourning Cloak 
 Copper, Gray staff 220
Gray Copper 
 Fritillary, Variegated staff 220
Variegated Fritillary 
 Crescent, Pearl staff 220
Pearl Crescent 
 Lady, American staff 220
American Lady 
 Monarch male staff 220
  Skipper, C Checkered staff 220
Common Checkered Skipper 
 Skipper, Silver spotted staff 220
Silver-spotted Skipper 
 Sulphur, Dainty staff 220 
Dainty Sulphur
 Sulphur, Orange staff 220
Orange Sulphur 

Quivira "Specialties"

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



Fritillary, Regal staff 512
Regal Fritillary, a true prairie-loving species 
 Queen staff 220
The Queen, a cousin of the Monarch, is a southwestern species that occurs here occasionally 
 Crescent, Painted staff 220
The Painted Crescent:  compare with the common Pearl and not-so-common Phaon. 
 Crescent, Phaon staff 220
The Phaon Crescent:  like the Painted Crescent, this can be seen along the Wildlife Drive. 
 Hairstreak, Coral staff 220
The Coral Hairstreak is a challenge to find, unlike the more common Gray Hairstreak. 
 Blue, Western Pygmy staff 220
The tiny Western Pygmy Blue, our smallest butterfly, prefers salt flats. 



Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016
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