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Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) on a flower.

Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

The Atlantis Fritillary is found generally in the northern tier of the United States and in southern Canada. The host plants for this species are members of the Viola genus, but it prefers the Canada violet (Viola canadensis) in particular. It is found flying from June to September depending on location.

Female Cabbage White on a leaf

Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae rapae)

The Cabbage White butterfly is perhaps one of the most widespread butterflies in the world. Originally from Europe, Asia, and North Africa, it has been introduced in other areas through introduction. In a lot of gardens, it is one of the most seen butterflies. Host plants include members of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) and cultivated crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Eastern Comma butterfly with wings folded

Eastern Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma)

The Eastern Comma butterfly is located throughout eastern North America from North Dakota south to northeast Colorado and east, except for peninsular Florida. Host plants include members of the Urticaceae (Nettle Family), and Ulmaceae (Elm Family) and the Hemps (Cannabaceae). The name comes from a comma-like s

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

The High Ranking, Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

The Red Admiral butterfly is well distributed and found on five different continents in temperate regions. This butterfly was described by Carl Von Linnaeus in 1758 in Systema Naturae. Host plants include members of the Urticaceae (Nettle Family). In Pennsylvania ad the eastern United States they feed primarily on stinging nettle, false nettle, and Pennsylvania Pellitory.

Queen Butterfly on white flower

The Royal, Stately, and Elegant Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)

The Queen butterfly is found in North America around Texas and the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Rarely, individuals will go north and in 2002 and 2003, some individuals were located in the Philadelphia and Reading areas of Pennsylvania (Monroe, James and David Wright. 2017. Butterflies of Pennsylvania, a field guide. University of Pittsburgh Press). It is part of the same genus as the Monarch butterfly, Danaus, and has seven recognized subspecies (Wikipedia).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Monarda

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus glaucus), a Comprehensive Guide in 9 Sections

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is found throughout Pennsylvania and from the midwest and eastern North America. It is one of the most seen butterflies in gardens and was one the first documented butterflies in North America. In 1587, John White, drew this butterfly. Later, in 1758, like he did with plants, Carl Von Linnaeus described this butterfly in Systema Naturae. It is the state butterfly in five states (Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and state insect in Virginia.

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