Massachusetts Butterfly Club
Butterfly Photos & Information
Take a look at our photos of the species commonly found in Massachusetts along with several that sometimes stray here from afar...
The list with thumbnail photos is organized by taxonomic family using the names from the NABA Checklist of North American Butterflies.
Dick Walton has graciously provided access to a series of short online videos on Skipper butterflies. I think these videos illustrate butterfly behavior, and act as aids to identification, in ways that still photos simply cannot. Enjoy! And thanks to Dick Walton for providing them to us. You can check out more of his material at www.rkwalton.com.
Butterfly Flight Dates
Erik Nielsen, our club's former records compiler, has generated a handsome chart of butterfly flight dates based on club members' observation records from 1993-2007. The chart can tell you at a glance which species have been observed in Massachusetts at different times of the year and whether observations are rare or common. Be sure to report your butterfly observations to our new records compiler, Mark Fairbrother, so they can be included in the club's yearly summary and in future versions of the flight dates chart.
We are in the process of compiling digital butterfly photos from club members and other butterfly photographers. We would like to use only photos taken in and near Massachusetts so they reflect the local forms of these species. Many, many thanks to
for selflessly sharing their great photos with us! Please note that copyright information, if applicable, is found in the caption of each individual photo on the species pages.
Please contact the webmaster with comments and questions.
Endangered Butterfly Species in Massachusetts
There are currently eight butterfly species listed by the state (or in the process of being listed) as endangered:
Quoting from the Massachusetts List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species:
If you find these species, please take a photograph, note your location carefully, and use Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Vernal Pool & Rare Species reporting system to report your sighting.