Utah Lepidopterists' Society

Founded 6 Nov 1976

History Mission Meetings Bulletin Checklists Links Community Field Trips Habitat Members Kids Contact Us

Utah Habitats for Butterflies and Moths



1. Wasatch Canyons

2. Wasatch Valley Riparian

3. Wasatch Valley Meadows

4. Wasatch Hilltops

5. Arctic Alpine

6. Basin and Range Province

7. Canyon Country

8. Montane

9. Utah's Dixie

Huntington Canyon along the Scenic Byway Utah Hwy 31 about 5 miles West of Huntington

The montane region of the state of Utah is vast and comprises many mountain ranges.  For the sake of dividing the state into geographical regions or "habitat," the mountains of the Great Basin, Wasatch Front, High Uintas, and the Pine Valley/Beaver Dam Mountains in the southwest corner of the state are excluded in this section of what we call "montane" even though these areas certainly are "mountainous."  The area of the Wasatch Mountains, Great Basin, Uinta Mountains and the Pine Valley/Beaver Dam Mountains are reviewed in the habitats designated as Wasatch Canyons, Basin and Range Province, Arctic Alpine, and Utah's Dixie respectively.

From the La Sal Mountains in the southeast section of the state to the Paunsaugunt Plateau in the south, and from the Wasatch Plateau region in the central part of the state to the East Tavaputs Plateau in the east, there is a substantial amount of montane habitat in Utah, and many canyons where you can find unique mixes of butterflies.


Specific Habitat Locations:

Price Canyon Recreation Area

Mill Fork Canyon

Ephraim Canyon

Otter Creek and Koosharem Canyon

Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)       

Baird's Swallowtail (Papilio bairdi)
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon nitra)
          Mesa Rim Cliff Swallowtail (Papilio indra minori)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus rutulus)
Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus)
          Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata grandiosus)
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
          American Red Pearl (Parnassius clodius menetriesi)


Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria leto letona)
          Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele charlotti)
Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis nokomis)
Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis snyderi)
Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe harmonia)
Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis utahensis)
          Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis chitone)
          Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia mormonia)
Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia eurynome)
Relict Fritillary (Boloria kriemhild kriemhild)
Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas arachne minuta)
Leanira Checkerspot (Thessalia leanira alma)
Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla flavula)
Sagebrush Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus acastus)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos riocolorado)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii anasazi)
Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella camillus)
Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida barnesi)
Thistle Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)
Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia maria)
          Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia alena)
Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia carmentis)  
Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha lehmani)
Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus satyrus)
Hoary Comma (Polygonia zephyrus)
California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti furcillata)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis virginiensis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
West Coast Lady (Vanessa carye annabella)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus archippus)
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri latifascia)
          Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri angustifascia)
Arizona Sister (Adelpha bredowi eulalia)
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis montis)


Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota schellbachi)
Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha montana)
Ruddy Copper (Lycaena rubidus sirius)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea heteronea)
Purplish Copper (Lycaena dorcas helloides)
Purplish Copper (Lycaena dorcas castro) 
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)
Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus putnami)
Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium provo)
Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis affinis)
          Western Green Hairstreak (Callophrys affinis apama)
Sheridan's Green Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridani neoperplexa)
Brown Elfin (Incisalia augustinus annetteae)
Desert Elfin (Incisalia fotis fotis)
Hoary Elfin (Incisalia polia obscurus)
Western Pine Elfin (Incisalia eryphon eryphon)
Thicket Hairstreak (Mitoura spinetorum)
          Juniper Hairstreak (Mitoura siva siva)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus franki)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Western Tailed-Blue (Everes amyntula)
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon echo)
Pallid Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes pallescens emmeli)
Spalding's Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes spaldingi)
Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus daunia)
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus oro)
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa melissa)
          Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus gertschi)
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)

    Canyonland Satyr (Cyllopsis pertepida dorothea) 
    Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia brenda)
    Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala utahensis)
    Mead's Wood Nymph (Cercyonis meadi meadi)
    Great Basin Wood Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele masoni)
    Small Wood Nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon)
    Common Alpine (Erebia epipsodea)
    Ridings' Satyr (Neominois ridingsi stretchi)
              Ridings' Satyr (Neominois ridingsi dionysius)
    Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus chryxus)
    Uhler's Arctic (Oeneis uhleri reinthali)




    Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

    Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades pylades)
    Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana)
    Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)
    Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo burgessi)
    Rocky Mountain Duskywing (Erynnis telemachus)
    White-fringed Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius pacuvius)
              Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)
    Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius fredericki)
    Two-banded Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis)
    Mountain Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus xanthus)
    Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
    Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)
    Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
              Mesa-Rim Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya confertiblanca)
    Russet Skipperling (Piruna pirus)
    Garita Skipperling (Oarisma garita)
    Uncas Skipper (Hesperia uncas lasus)
    Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)
    Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado harpalus)
    Nevada Skipper (Hesperia nevada nevada)
    Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti)
    Draco Skipper (Polites draco)
    Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora utahensis)
              Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides omnigena)
    Taxiles Skipper (Poanes taxiles)
    Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris metacomet)
    Bronze Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aenus)
    Yucca Giant-Skipper (Megathymus yuccae coloradensis)
    Strecker's Giant-Skipper (Megathymus streckeri)

    Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

    Pine White (Neophasia menapia menapia)
    Becker's White (Pieris beckeri)
              Dark-Veined Spring White (Pieris sisymbri nigravenosa)
    Checkered White (Pieris protodice)
    Western White (Pieris occidentalis)
    Utah All White (Pieris marginalis pallidisima)
    Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
    Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides coloradensis)
    Desert Marble (Euchloe hyantis lotta)
    Utah Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis stella browningi)
    Southwestern Orangetip (Anthocharis thoosa)
    Yellow Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
    Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
              Queen Alexandra's Sulphur (Colias alexandra edwardsi)
    Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
    Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)


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

    Return to HomePage