Common Butterflies for ID Practice

If you’re just starting out watching butterflies, and feel a bit overwhelmed, here are a few species you can practice on. These are all fairly common in Montgomery County so are likely to be seen at Woodend this summer as well. The list of correct IDs follows the photos.

butterfly 1
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butterfly 2
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butterfly 3
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butterfly 4
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butterfly 5
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butterfly 6
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butterfly 7
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butterfly 8
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butterfly 9
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butterfly 10
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butterfly 11
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butterfly 12
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butterfly 13
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butterfly 14
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butterfly 15
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butterfly 16
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butterfly 17
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How did you do? Here are the correct species for each photo.

  1. American Lady
  2. Black Swallowtail
  3. Orange Sulphur
  4. Common Buckeye
  5. Eastern Comma
  6. Eastern Tailed-Blue
  7. Fiery Skippers (male on left, female on right)
  8. Gray Hairstreak
  9. Great Spangled Fritillary
  10. Monarch
  11. Painted Lady
  12. Peck’s Skipper
  13. Red Admiral
  14. Silver-spotted Skipper
  15. Spicebush Swallowtail
  16. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  17. Zebra Swallowtail

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