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A MINI- GLOSSARY OF LATE SUMMER BUTTERFLIES

A gallery of some of the butterflies most commonly seen during the Monarch’s southward migration.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) – wingspan 1.6 inches -2.9 inches.

American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) – wingspan 1.75 – 2.40 inches.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – wingspan 2.75 – 3 inches.

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) – wingspan 1.5 to 2.75 inches

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) – wingspan 3 to 4 inches 

Small White /Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) – wingspan 1.3 – 1.9 inches

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) – wingspan 1.25 – 2 inches

Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) – wingspan 3 – 4 inches

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) – wingspan 3.1 to 5.5 inches

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Bolaria selene) – wingspan 1.25 – 2.25 inches

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) – wingspan 1 – 1.5 inches

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) – wingspan 2.25 – 4 inches

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Pearl Crescent Male (left) and Female (right). It’s easy to see the difference between male and female Pearl Crescents by looking at the antennae. The butterfly on the left is a male because males typically have black-tipped antennae clubs.