Butterflies of San Mateo County

A guide to the butterflies regularly occurring in San Mateo County, California

California Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Battus philenor hirsuta
Anise Swallowtail 1
Papilio zelicaon
Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
Papilio rutulus
Pale Swallowtail 1
Papilio eurymedon
Checkered White 1
Pontia protodice
Margined White 1
Pieris marginalis
Cabbage White 1
Pieris rapae
Large Marble 1
Euchloe ausonides
Sara Orangetip 1
Anthocharis sara
Orange Sulphur 1
Colias eurytheme
Tailed Copper 1
Lycaena arota
Golden Hairstreak 1
Habrodais grunus
Bramble Green Hairstreak 1
Callophrys dumetorum
Coastal Green Hairstreak 1
Callophrys viridis
Western Brown Elfin 1
Callophrys augustinus iroides
San Bruno Elfin 1
Callophrys mossii bayensis
Gray Hairstreak 1
Strymon melinus
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Cupido comyntas
Western Tailed-Blue 2
Cupido amyntula
Silvery Blue 1
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Marine Blue 3
Leptotes marina
Western Pygmy Blue 1
Brephidium exilis
Echo Azure 1
Celastrina echo
Acmon Blue 1
Icaricia acmon
Greenish Blue 1
Icaricia saepiolus
Mission Blue 1
Icaricia icarioides missionensis
Gulf Fritillary 1
Agraulis vanillae
Coronis Fritillary 1
Speyeria coronis
Callippe Silverspot Butterfly 1
Speyeria callippe callippe
Field Crescent 1
Phyciodes pulchella
Mylitta Crescent 1
Phyciodes mylitta
Northern Checkerspot 1
Chlosyne palla
Variable Checkerspot 1
Euphydryas chalcedona
Bay Checkerspot Butterfly 1
Euphydryas editha bayensis
Satyr Comma 1
Polygonia satyrus
Oreas Comma 1
Polygonia oreas
California Tortoiseshell 1
Nymphalis californica
Mourning Cloak 1
Nymphalis antiopa
American Lady 1
Vanessa virginiensis
Painted Lady 1
Vanessa cardui
West Coast Lady 1
Vanessa annabella
Red Admiral 1
Vanessa atalanta
Common Buckeye 1
Junonia coenia
Lorquin's Admiral 1
Limenitis lorquini
California Sister 1
Adelpha californica
California Ringlet 1
Coenonympha tullia california
Ox-eyed Satyr 1
Cercyonis pegala boopis
Monarch 1
Danaus plexippus
Northern Cloudywing 4
Thorybes pylades
Propertius Duskywing 1
Erynnis propertius
Mournful Duskywing 1
Erynnis tristis
Funereal Duskywing 1
Erynnis funeralis
Common Checkered-Skipper 1
Pyrgus communis
Fiery Skipper 1
Hylephila phyleus
Western Branded Skipper 1
Hesperia colorado
Sandhill Skipper 1
Polites sabuleti
Sachem 1
Atalopedes campestris
Woodland Skipper 1
Ochlodes sylvanoides
Rural Skipper 1
Ochlodes agricola
Umber Skipper 1
Poanes melane

Edited by Donna Pomeroy, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

Photo Credits

  • 1. (c) Donna Pomeroy, all rights reserved, uploaded by Donna Pomeroy
  • 2. (c) Five Acre Geographic, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND)
  • 3. (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 4. (c) Bill Bouton, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)