Mourning Cloak Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Nymphalis
Species: Antiopa
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Updated June 19 2017
Eastern Comma Butterfly (fall brood) - wingspan approx. 5
cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Polygonia
Species: Comma
Red Admiral Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Vanessa
Species: Atalanta
Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6.5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Nymphalis
Species: L-album
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Updated December 15 2015
Northern Crescent Butterfly (female)? - wingspan approx.
3.5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: Cocyta
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Page Last Updated: June 19 2017
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Updated February 10 2017
Updated November 4 2015
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Viceroy Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Limenitis (also Basilarchia)
Species: Archippus
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Monarch mimic - smaller than the Monarch - black line
across the hindwings
Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Type A female?) - wingspan
approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
The female has heavier black markings and the male has
broader, more open orange areas - Types A and B may be
different species
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16 species
Mourning Cloak Information
One of the first butterflies seen in spring - seen as early
as mid March
Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterfly - wingspan approx. 5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Aglais
Species: Milberti
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Updated April 19 2009
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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American Lady Butterfly - wingspan approx. 5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Vanessa
Species: Virginiensis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Painted Lady Butterfly - wingspan approx. 5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Vanessa
Species: Cardui
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Updated July 20 2014
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Also known as Thistle Butterfly or Cosmopolite.
Eastern Comma Butterfly (summer brood) - wingspan
approx. 5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Polygonia
Species: Comma
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Buckeye Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Junonia
Species: Coenia
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Updated January 23 2016
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Viceroy Butterfly larva  - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Species: Archippus
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Very similar to Pearl Crescent (see above) - Northern
Crescent hindwings have broader, more open orange
areas compared to Pearl Crescent
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: Tharos
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Updated July 15 2016
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White Admiral Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Limenitis (also Basilarchia)
Species: Arthemis arthemis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Purple Butterflies
Updated June 29 2013
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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (female) - wingspan
approx. 7 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Speyeria
Species: Cybele
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Updated July 15 2016
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Red Admiral larva - approx. 3 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Vanessa
Species: Atalanta
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Updated February 10 2017
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Also known as Alderman - may be black
Also known as Alderman
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Updated September 30 2016
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Updated July 10 2013
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Question Mark Butterfly (summer brood) - wingspan approx.
6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Polygonia
Species: Interrogationis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated February 12 2017
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Updated February 12 2017
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Named after the white question-mark shape on
the underside of each hindwing - 2 broods
(summer and fall) - fall brood has light
hindwings (see above)
Named after the white comma shape on the
underside of each hindwing - 2 broods (summer
and fall) - fall brood has light hindwings (see
above)
Baltimore Checkerspot - wingspan to 6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Euphydryas
Species: Phaeton
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Updated December 17 2015
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Baltimore Checkerspot larva - approx. 3 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Euphydryas
Species: Phaeton
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Updated December 17 2015
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Named after the white comma shape on the
underside of each hindwing - 2 broods (summer
and fall) - summer brood has dark hindwings
(see below)
Updated November 4 2015
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Question Mark larva - approx. 2 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Polygonia
Species: Interrogationis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Genus: Limenitis (also Basilarchia)
White Admiral / Red-spotted Purple Intergrade - wingspan
approx. 7 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Limenitis (also Basilarchia)
Species: Arthemis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
The Red-spotted Purple butterfly (L. arthemis astyanax -
see above) and the White Admiral butterfly (L. arthemis
arthemis - see above) are considered to be the same
species
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
The Red-spotted Purple butterfly (L. arthemis astyanax -
see below) and the White Admiral butterfly (L. arthemis
arthemis) are considered to be the same species
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Purple Butterflies
Updated June 29 2013
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Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Type A male?) - wingspan approx.
3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
The female has heavier black markings and the male has
broader, more open orange areas - Types A and B may be
different species
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: Tharos
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Updated July 15 2016
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated July 15 2016
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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (male) - wingspan approx.
7 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Speyeria
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Limenitis (also Basilarchia)
Species: Arthemis astyanax
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Purple Butterflies
Updated June 29 2013
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
The Red-spotted Purple butterfly (L. arthemis astyanax) and
the White Admiral butterfly (L. arthemis arthemis - see
above) are considered to be the same species
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Euptoieta
Species: Claudia
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated September 30 2016
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Species: Cybele
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Updated July 15 2016
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Mourning Cloak Butterfly larva - approx. 4 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Nymphalis
Species: Antiopa
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Updated June 19 2017
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One of the first butterflies seen in spring - seen as early
as mid March
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Baltimore Checkerspot pupa - approx. 2 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Euphydryas
Species: Phaeton
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Updated December 17 2015
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Viceroy Butterfly on Panicled Aster - wingspan approx. 7.5 cm - Toronto Islands - September 2012
Viceroy Butterfly larva - approx. 2.5 cm - Leslie Spit - August 2009
Mourning Cloak Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm - Guildwood Park - September 2010
Mourning Cloak Butterfly larva - approx. 4 cm - High Park - July 2013
Eastern Comma Butterfly (fall brood) - wingspan approx. 5 cm - High Park - October 2009
Question Mark Butterfly (summer brood) on Red Raspberry - wingspan approx. 6 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - July 2012
Question Mark larva on White Elm - approx. 2 cm - East Don Parkland - June 2012
Red Admiral Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - July 2007
Red Admiral larva on Stinging Nettle - approx. 3 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - June 2010
White Admiral Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm - Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Whitby) - June 2013
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly - wingspan approx. 7 cm - Toronto Islands - August 2012
White Admiral / Red-spotted Purple Intergrade - wingspan approx. 7 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - June 2012
American Lady Butterfly on New England Aster - wingspan approx. 5 cm - Leslie Spit - October 2010
Painted Lady Butterfly - wingspan approx. 5 cm - Thorncliffe Park - June 2009
Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Joe-Pye Weed - wingspan approx. 6.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - July 2008
Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterfly - wingspan approx. 5 cm - High Park - April 2009
Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Type A female?) on Queen Anne's Lace - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Leslie Spit - September 2008
Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Type A male?) - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Toronto Islands - May 2012
Northern Crescent Butterfly (female)? - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - May 2008
Buckeye Butterfly on Showy Tick Trefoil - wingspan approx. 6 cm - High Park - July 2010
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (female) - wingspan approx. 7 cm - Kortright Centre for Conservation - September 2009
Baltimore Checkerspot - wingspan to 6 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - June 2012
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly - wingspan approx. 6 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - September 2007
Baltimore Checkerspot larva - approx. 3 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - May 2012
Baltimore Checkerspot pupa (butterfly has emerged) - approx. 2 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - June 2014
Updated November 4 2015
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Question Mark Butterfly (fall brood) - wingspan approx. 6 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Polygonia
Species: Interrogationis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Named after the white question-mark shape on
the underside of each hindwing - 2 broods
(summer and fall) - summer brood has dark
hindwings (see below)
Question Mark Butterfly (fall brood) - wingspan approx. 6 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - August 2009
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Subfamily: Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Subfamily: Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Mourning Cloak Butterfly pupa - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Nymphalis
Species: Antiopa
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Updated June 19 2017
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One of the first butterflies seen in spring - seen as early
as mid March
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Mourning Cloak Butterfly pupa - approx. 2.5 cm - Don Mills - June 2015
Eastern Comma Butterfly (summer brood) - wingspan approx. 5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - July 2009
Northern Crescent Butterfly (male) - wingspan approx.
3.5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: Cocyta
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated July 15 2016
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Very similar to Pearl Crescent (see above) - Northern
Crescent hindwings have broader, more open orange
areas compared to Pearl Crescent
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Northern Crescent Butterfly - wingspan approx. 3.5 cm - Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Whitby) - August 2008
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (male) - wingspan approx. 7 cm - York Regional Forest (Robinson Tract) - June 2016
Also known as Hunter's Butterfly or Virginia Lady -
common foodplant of larvae is
Pearly Everlasting
American Lady larva - approx. 1.5 cm
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Genus: Vanessa
Species: Virginiensis
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
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Updated July 10 2013
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, etc.)
Also known as Hunter's Butterfly or Virginia Lady -
common foodplant of larvae is
Pearly Everlasting
American Lady larva on Pearly Everlasting - approx. 1.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Todmorden Mills) - June 2016