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Butterflies belong to the Order Lepidoptera which also includes moths and skippers. The families and subfamilies of butterfly species which breed in Florida are listed below.
Other species, referred to as "strays", may be found in Florida. Strays are butterflies that are outside their breeding range and in an area that is not usually part of their migration. They may actually breed in the new locale for a season or even several years. Strays in Florida are usually found in the extreme southern part of the state.
The Zebra Longwing, one of the brushfooted butterflies, is Florida's state butterfly.
Click on a subfamily name to view information about the butterflies in that subfamily, including where each species can be found and what they eat.
In the subfamily listings, a  photo  next to the name of a butterfly is a link to a photograph of the butterfly.

(Subfamily Papilioninae)
Androgeus Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Gold Rim
Palamedes Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Schaus' Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Whites and Sulphurs
(Subfamily Coliadinae)
Barred Yellow
Clouded Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Dina Yellow
Lyside Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Little Yellow
Mimosa Yellow
Orange Barred Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Sleepy Orange
Southern Dogface
Statira Sulphur
(Subfamily Pierinae)
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Falcate Orangetip
Florida White
Great Southern White
(Subfamily Danainae)
(Subfamily Satyrinae)
Appalachian Brown
Carolina Satyr
Common Wood-Nymph
Gemmed Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
Southern Pearly Eye
Viola's Wood Satyr
(Subfamily Charaxinae)
Florida Leafwing
Goatweed Leafwing
(Subfamily Apaturinae)
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
 True Brush-foots
(Subfamily Nymphalinae)
American Painted Lady
Cuban Crescent
Dingy Purplewing
Eastern Comma
Florida Purplewing
Mourning Cloak
Pearl Crescent
Phaon Crescent
Question Mark
Red Admiral
Red Spotted Purple
Ruddy Daggerwing
Seminole Texas Crescent
Silvery Checkerspot
Tropical Buckeye
White Peacock
 Longwings and Fritillaries
(Subfamily Heliconiinae)
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Zebra Longwing
(Subfamily Libytheinae)
Snout Butterfly
(Subfamily Riodininae)
Little Metalmark
(Subfamily Miletinae)
(Subfamily Theclinae)
Amethyst Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Fulvous Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Great Purple Hairstreak
Henry's Elfin
Hessel's Hairstreak
King's Hairstreak
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
Red-banded Hairstreak
Silver Banded Hairstreak
Southern Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Sweadner's Juniper Hairstreak
Tiny Hairstreak
White M Hairstreak
(Subfamily Polyommatinae)
Cassius Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Eastern Pygmy-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Miami Blue
Spring Azure

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