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Great Sacandaga Lake Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars

Northern Cloudy wing

Dreamy Dusky wing

Juvenal's Dusky wing

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A skipper or skipper butterfly is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. They are named after their quick, darting flight habits.

Spread-wing Skippers
Northern Cloudywing
Dreamy Duskywing
Juvenal's Duskywing
Persius Duskywing

Grass Skippers
Least Skipper
Leonard's Skipper
Indian Skipper
Peck's Skipper
Long Dash
Little Glassy wing
Hobomok Skipper
Black Dash
Dun Skipper
Common Roadside-Skipper

Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies that form the family Papilionidae. There are at least 550 species, and though the majority are tropical

Black Swallowtail
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail

Whites and Sulphurs
Whites and Sulphurs are small to medium sized butterflies.Most Whites and Sulphurs are white, yellow, and orange with some black, and some may be various shades of gray-green. Their flight is mostly slow and fluttering, but some of the larger species have quicker flights.

Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur

are our smallest butterflies. Gossamer-wings include the subfamilies Hairstreaks, Harvesters, Coppers, and Blues. Their flights vary from the fast, erratic Hairstreaks to the slow, bouncy Blues. They like to feed at flowers, and males like to puddle at damp ground.


American Copper
Bronze Copper

Juniper Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Coral Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure


These are usually medium sized to large butterflies. Most species have a reduced pair of forelegs and many hold their colorful wings flat when resting. Many species are brightly colored but, the under wings are in contrast often dull and in some species look remarkably like dead leaves, or are much paler, producing a cryptic effect that helps the butterfly disappear into its surroundings.

Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary

True Brushfoots
Silvery Checkerspot
Harris' Checkerspot
Tawny Crescent
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Green Comma)
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell
Painted Lady
American Lady

Admirals and Relatives
Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral
'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple

Satyrs and Wood-Nymphs
Northern Pearly Eye
Eyed Brown
Little Wood Satyr
Common Ringlet
Common Wood Nymph

Black-rimmed Prominent





Little Glassy wing

Hobomok Skipper

Dun Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Bronze Copper

Acadian Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Green Comma

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple

Luna Moth

Karner Blue Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly



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