This site provides a handy guide to the butterflies of Ontario, with English and French common names, scientific names, and other useful information. Some species from Northern Ontario are missing, but I hope to add them in the future. Many of the species featured here can be found throughout North America.
Each butterfly species has its own page, and these pages are organized by subfamily and family. If you're unfamiliar with the wide range of butterflies found in our province, you might want to start at the Explore Butterfly Families page. This will give you an idea of how our butterflies are classified, but feel free to dive in anywhere and explore!
From each family page, you can click on the image of any species to get to the corresponding species page.
Although this website can be used as an aid to butterfly identification, it is not intended as a replacement for a comprehensive field guide ( see references ). It should be remembered that most species are variable, and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from their close relatives (especially in photographs). This site is not sponsored by or affiliated with any particular organization. However, I did have help (see Acknowledgements ).
This is a work in progress, and will be updated as I get additional images.
English & Latin names and Taxonomical ordering align with: Jones, C.D. 2012. Checklist of Ontario Butterflies, Hamilton Naturalists Club, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Ontario Nature. ( checklist is available from The Hamilton Naturalists Club )
French common names (generally) follow Le Guide des Papillons du Québec, 1999. Louis Handfield, Broquet, Ottawa.
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