NY Butterflies and Moths Gallery

photo of monarch in knapweed
Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Nymphalidae, Aug 2021, Montauk.

Welcome to my gallery of butterflies and moths I’ve observed in the New York region, including Long Island and upstate. All photos are taken by me, Betsy McCully, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Butterflies

Butterflies are grouped by families and subfamilies. The groups represented are: Lycaenidae (blues, American copper, hairstreaks); Nymphalidae (brushfoots) with subfamilies Danainae (monarch), Limenitidinae (3 Vanessa species and red-spotted purple), Nymphalinae (buckeye, mourning cloak, crescent and question mark); and Satyrinae (wood nymph, little wood-satyr); Papilionidae (swallowtails); and Pieridae (yellows and whites). Skippers (Hesperiidae) are grouped separately. In most instances, common and scientific names are taken from the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) checklist of Butterflies for North America 2.4 edition.

New York Butterflies: Skippers

New York Moths

Moths are arranged alphabetically by family. Families represented are Attevidae, Crambidae, Erebidae, Geometridae, Noctuidae, Pyralidae, and Saturniidae. Taxonomy follows David Beadle & Seabrooke Leckie, Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, 2012.

c. Betsy McCully 2018-2022