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Utah Habitats for Butterflies and Moths

Wasatch Hilltops


1. Wasatch Canyons

2. Wasatch Valley Riparian

3. Wasatch Valley Meadows

4. Wasatch Hilltops

5. Arctic Alpine

6. Basin & Range Province

7. Canyon Country

8. Montane

9. Utah's Dixie

The breathtaking views of the tops of Utah's Wasatch Range rivals any other habitat or physiogeographic region in the state of Utah.   At the same time the diversity of flora and fauna there can be extensive--even to exceed that of the Wasatch Canyons below.

Many of the butterfly species that fly in any one of Utah's Wasatch Canyons may be found near the tops of the mountains.  However, there are a few species of Utah butterflies that can only be found at the tops of the Wasatch Mountains.  

Because of the average level of Utah snow pack--which can vary from year to year--most of the butterflies and moths fly at this habitat during the months of June through September.  Because of the shortness of time period, most lepidoptera only have one brood.  

Specific Habitat Locations:

Squaw Peak Road

Francis Peak

Bountiful Peak


Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)       

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon nitra)
          Baird's Swallowtail (Papilio bairdi)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus rutulus)
Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus)
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
          Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra indra)
          Holarctic Red Pearl (Parnassius smintheus sayii)
American Red Pearl (Parnassius clodius menetriesi)


Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria leto letona)
Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis snyderi)
Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene platina)
Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe harmonia)
Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis utahensis)
Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis wasatchia)
Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe sakantula)
Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia eurynome)
Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla flavula)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia maria)
Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus satyrus)
Green Comma (Polygonia faunus hylas)
Hoary Comma (Polygonia zephyrus)
California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti furcillata)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis virginiensis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria)
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri latifascia)

Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus artemisia)
          Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha montana)
Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus sirius)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea heteronea)
Lilac-bordered Copper (Lycaena nivalis browni)
Colorado Hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus citima)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosis)
Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behri behri)
Sooty Hairstreak (Satyrium fuliginosum semiluna)
California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)
Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium provo)
Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis affinis)
Brown Elfin (Incisalia augustinus annetteae)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus franki)
Western Tailed-Blue (Everes amyntula)
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon echo)
Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus daunia)
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus oro)
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa melissa)
Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus)
Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides ardea)
Shasta Blue (Plebejus shasta minnehaha)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus acmon lutzi)
Arctic Blue (Agriades rustica rustica)
Metalmarks (Family Riodinidae)
Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo mormo)

Milkweed Butterflies (Family Danaidae)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Satyrs (Family Satyridae)

          Small Wood Nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon)           
Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia brenda)
          Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus chryxus)


Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana)
Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo burgessi)
Rocky Mountain Duskywing (Erynnis telemachus)
          Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)
Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius fredericki)
Two-banded Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado harpalus)
Draco Skipper (Polites draco)
Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides napa)

Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

Spring White (Pieris sisymbri sisymbri)
          Spring White (Pieris sisymbri flavitincta)          
Checkered White (Pieris protodice)
Western White (Pieris occidentalis)
Utah All White (Pieris marginalis pallidisima)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides coloradensis)
Utah Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella browningi)
Yellow Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)


All images of Limenitis weidemeyeri on the ULS Info Bar courtesy Jay Cossey

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