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Old 02-21-2015, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default NW urban butterflies in Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle area

Hi. Could you share with me any species of butterfly that might be found around parks and backyards around the Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle area? I'm making an event poster for a conference on urban ecology and would love to include native butterflies. It would be great to get your feedback.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:10 AM   #2
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You can get a list of butterflies that have been documented in each of the counties of Washington state at this link:
Butterflies and Moths of North America | collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Click on the menu arrows and select Butterflies, United States, Washington and then the county that you are interested in. Then click on the Apply button.

For example, here's the list for King county:
Hesperiidae Skippers
Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper
Thorybes pylades Northern Cloudywing
Erynnis icelus Dreamy Duskywing
Erynnis persius Persius Duskywing
Pyrgus ruralis Two-banded Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis Common Checkered-Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon Arctic Skipper
Hesperia juba Juba Skipper
Hesperia colorado Western Branded Skipper
Polites sabuleti Sandhill Skipper
Polites mardon Mardon Skipper
Polites sonora Sonora Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides Woodland Skipper
Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper
Amblyscirtes vialis Common Roadside-Skipper

Papilionidae Parnassians and Swallowtails
Parnassius clodius Clodius Parnassian
Papilio polyxenes Black Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon Anise Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon Pale Swallowtail

Pieridae Whites and Sulphurs
Anthocharis sara Pacific Orangetip
Neophasia menapia Pine White
Pieris marginalis Margined White
Pieris rapae Cabbage White
Pontia beckerii Becker's White
Pontia occidentalis Western White
Colias philodice Clouded Sulphur
Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur
Colias occidentalis Western Sulphur

Lycaenidae Gossamer-wing Butterflies
Lycaena helloides Purplish Copper
Lycaena mariposa Mariposa Copper
Callophrys nelsoni Nelson's Hairstreak
Callophrys spinetorum Thicket Hairstreak
Callophrys johnsoni Johnson's Hairstreak
Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin
Satyrium sylvinus Sylvan Hairstreak
Satyrium saepium Hedgerow Hairstreak
Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak
Cupido amyntula Western Tailed-Blue
Celastrina echo Echo Azure
Glaucopsyche lygdamus Silvery Blue
Plebejus anna Anna's Blue
Plebejus saepiolus Greenish Blue
Plebejus icarioides Boisduval's Blue

Nymphalidae Brush-footed Butterflies
Danaus plexippus Monarch
Speyeria cybele Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria coronis Coronis Fritillary
Speyeria zerene Zerene Fritillary
Speyeria hydaspe Hydaspe Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia Mormon Fritillary
Boloria epithore Pacific Fritillary
Limenitis lorquini Lorquin's Admiral
Chlosyne hoffmanni Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Phyciodes mylitta Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes pulchella Field Crescent
Euphydryas editha Edith's Checkerspot
Euphydryas chalcedona Chalcedon Checkerspot
Polygonia satyrus Satyr Comma
Polygonia faunus Green Comma
Polygonia gracilis Hoary Comma
Polygonia oreas Oreas Comma
Aglais milberti Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis antiopa Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis californica California Tortoiseshell
Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui Painted Lady
Vanessa annabella West Coast Lady
Vanessa virginiensis American Lady
Coenonympha tullia Common Ringlet
Erebia vidleri Vidler's Alpine
Oeneis nevadensis Great Arctic
Cercyonis pegala Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus Small Wood-Nymph

The counties of Kitsap, Mason, Snohomish and Pierce should also be helpful.

You can click on the name of each butterfly in the lists to go to a page with details and photos of each butterfly.

I'm not familiar with your area, so I don't know how I would select out which of the butterflies would be around the parks and backyards. You might be able to garner some info from the detailed descriptions of the butterflies.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:13 AM   #3
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Excellent, thank you NEWisc. That looks like a fantastic resource and I really appreciate your help.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site Zoopster!
Hope you stick around for a spell and check us out.
Lots to look at and I'd love to hear more about the urban ecology conference you're participating in.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:47 AM   #5
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Thank you Havalotta. It's a great site and I'm stoked to be a part of it.
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