These are some of the butterflies found in the Western Cascades. They are organized by families. Hover over the photo to see the name of the butterfly and the date of the photo. Click on a photo to see the rest of the photos from that family.

I’ve given a slide show on host food plants (plants that caterpillars eat) of butterflies of the Western Cascades to a number of groups. In March of 2021, I gave it over Zoom for the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed and North American Butterfly Association. Here’s a link to that presentation and a list of the plant families and species used by Western Cascade butterflies.

Favorite Plants of Butterflies of the Western Cascades

Favorite Butterfly Plants (46k)

  • Whites and Sulphurs
Swallowtails and Parnassians

Swallowtail Butterflies (family Papilionidae) This includes swallowtails and parnassians

Whites and Sulphurs

Whites and Sulphurs (family Pieridae)

Gossamer Wings

Gossamer Winged Butterflies (family Lycaenidae) This includes coppers, hairstreaks, elfins, and blues


Brush-footed Butterflies (family Nymphalidae) This includes fritillaries, checkerspots, crescents, ladies, anglewings (commas), admirals, wood nymphs, and others


Skippers (family Hesperiidae)

2 Responses to “Butterflies”

  • Kris Kennedy:

    Tanya, all of your photos are nice but the one of the Sheep Moth and checkerspot is simply amazing, in more ways than one.

    Vancouver, Washington

  • Tanya, this collection, the work and research you’ve done and the sheer beauty of the images you’ve captured are just jaw-dropping-stunning. The composition, aspect and context for each subject is perfect! Thank you so much for creating and sharing this wealth of beautiful images accompanied with natural history information.

    Dundee, OR

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