Common butterflies...and a few rarities, too!
recent sightings posted on our Butterfly Checklist page

Gulf Frittilary
by Marceline Vandewater
Marceline Vandewater is among our guided birdwalk leaders and she's also an accomplished photographer of birds, butterflies and landscapes. Marceline's Cards are available here. She's also active with CAZBA - and leads butterfly walks in other areas around Arizona. See more of her butterfly photography on the
Central Arizona Butterfly Association website

Two-tailed Swallowtail
by Daryl Faust
Our state butterfly is the Two-tailed Swallowtail, an impressive and large gold-on-black insect. This beautiful image was shared by Daryl Faust; see more of his work at

Painted Lady
Photo by Les Starks
Becky Lamson and her husband Les Starks have generously shared their images of butterflies and more around the Arboretum trails. View more of their photography at

Queen Butterfly
photo by Philip Lowe

Queens are often mistaken for their larger and more orange relatives the Monarch, but with some practice you can easily see the different colors and patterns of the queen, which is also smaller than a monarch. Attend our guided butterfly walks during the Spring and Summer to learn more. See more of Philip's images

Pipevine Swallowtail
photo by Gale Racut
"What's that big, black one?" is among the most common questions from visitors who see the blue-black (and iridescent) Pipevine Swallowtails in our Hummingbird-Butterfly garden. These have a fascinating adaptation - the larvae, or caterpillars, feed exclusively on pipevine before they molt into adult butterflies. Their digestive systems can handle the toxic plant, and the toxin builds up in their bodies... leaving a residual -- and nasty -- taste in the mouth of a bird or lizard unlucky enough to catch one. Monarch butterfly larvae eat milkweed for the same reason. See more of Gale's photography