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Butterflies of Clallam County

Skippers Family Hesperiidae Favorite Caterpillar Food Sources
Persius Dusky Wing Erynnis persius Lupines, other pea family
Two-banded Checkered Skipper Pyrgus ruralis Rose family herbs
Arctic Skipper (unusual) Carterocephalus palaemon
Common Branded Skipper Hesperia comma Grasses
Sonora Skipper (unusual) Polites sonora Grasses
Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides Grasses
Swallowtails & Parnassians Family Papilionidae Favorite Caterpillar Food Sources
Clodius Parnassian Parnassius clodius Bleeding hearts
Mountain Parnassian Parnassius smintheus Sedum (stonecrops)
Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon Anise, fennel, parsnip family
Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus Broadleaf trees: maples, willows, etc
Pale Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon Alder, ocean spray, serviceberry
Whites, Marbles & Sulphurs Family Pieridae Favorite Caterpillar Food Sources
Pine White Neophsia menapia Pines, Douglas fir, other firs
Spring White (mountains) Pontia sisymbrii Mustard family
Western White (unusual) Pontia occidentalis Rock cress, peppergrass, mustards
Margined White Pieris marginalis Mustard family
Cabbage White Pieris rapae Mustard family
Sara Orange Tip Anthocharis sara Mustard family
Clouded Sulphur (unusual) Colias philodice Clovers
Western Sulphur Colias occidentalis Clovers, peas, vetch, alfalfa
Coppers, Hairstreaks
& Blues
Family Lycaenidae Favorite Caterpillar Food Sources
Purplish Copper Lycaena helloides Docks, knotweeds
Lilac-borderd Copper (unusual) Lycaena nivalis Knotweeds
Mariposa Copper, Makah Copper Lycaena mariposa Heath family, bog cranberries
Sylvan Hairstreak (unusual) Satyrium sylvinum Willows
Cedar Hairstreak (unusual) Mitoura grynea Cedars, junipers
W. Brown Elfin (unusual) Incisalia augustinus Heath family, rose family, sages
Moss Elfin (unusual) Incisalia mossii Sedum (stonecrops)
Gray Hairstreak (unusual) Strymon melinus Pea and mallow families
W. Tailed Blue Everes amyntula Pea family
Spring Azure Celastrina argiolus Dogwoods, many shrubs
Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus Pea family, lupines
Northern Blue Lycaeides idas Heath and pea families
Greenish Blue Plebejus saepiolus  Clovers
Boisduval’s Blue Icaricia icarioides Lupines
Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon Buckwheats, lupins, vetch
Arctic Blue Agriades podarce Saxifrages, peas, heats & others
Brush-footed Butterflies Family Nymphalidae Favorite Caterpillar Food Sources
Great Spangled Fritillary Speyeria cybele Violets
Zerene Fritillary Speyeria zerene Violets
Hydaspe Fritillary Speyeria hydaspe Violets
Western Meadow Fritillary Boloria epithore Violets
Arctic Fritillary Boloria chariclea Willows, violets
Field Crescent Phyciodes pulchellus Asters
Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta Thistles
Chalcedona Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona Snowberry, mullein, penstemon
Edith’s Checkerspot Euphydryas editha Snapdragon family
Satyr Anglewing Polygonia satyrus Stinging nettle, willows
Green Comma (Faun Anglewing) Polygonia faunus Willows, alders, rhododendron
Hoary Comma (Zephyr Anglewing) Polygonia gracilis Huckleberry, currants
Oreas Anglewing (rare) Polygonia oreas Currants
California Tortoiseshell (unusual) Nymphalis californica carioides Ceanothus
Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa Willows, alders, maples, others
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Nymphalis milberti Stinging nettle
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Thistles, mallows, others
West Coast Lady (unusual) Vanessa annabella Mallows, nettles
Red Admirable (Red Admiral) Vanessa atalanta Stinging nettle, other nettles
Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini Willows, cottonwood, other shrubs
Common Wood Nymph
(Large Wood Nymph)
Cercyonis pegala Grasses
Vidler’s Alpine Erebia yidleri Grasses & sedges
Chryxus Arctic Oeneis Chryxus Grasses

(from An Atlas of Washington Butterflies, by Hinchliff,1996; taxonomy from Pyle, 2002)