Selected Butterflies of North Dakota and Minnesota

Butterfly Book

A few years ago, before I became fascinated with moths, I collected video-images of some of the more common butterflies of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.  I’m archiving these video-images here on the Dakota Naturalist with the hope that they may be of some educational value.  Enjoy!

Lycaenidae or Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

Nymphalidae or Brush-footed Butterflies

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Northern Pearly-eye (Lethe anthedon)

Eyed Brown (Lethe eurydice)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis)

Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antipoda)

Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Question-mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Hesperiidae or Skipper Butterflies

Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

Ottoe Skipper (Hesperia ottoe)

Long Dash Skipper (Polites mystic)

Checkered Skipper (Purgus communis)

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