Creating a butterfly garden should start with some serious research to learn which kinds of butterflies are native to your area. Knowing the TYPES of butterflies will help you determine the Butterfly Nectar Plants and Butterfly Host Plants you will want to plant when creating your butterfly garden. If you live in the United States, you can click on a state on the map below to view a list of butterflies found in that state. Below the map is a list of websites which will help you find adult butterflies found in other countries.

Mystery Butterflies Listed by State

type of butterflies - map

Butterflies Found in Other Countries

Garden Moths
This site is designed to encourage the awareness and study of UK macro moths within
their local habitats.
and Moths in the Netherlands
Lists and photos of butterflies and moths they have encountered, studied and photographed
so far in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
and Moths of Belize
These pages are part of a larger site on the biodiversity of Belize. The species lists provide a checklist to all butterflies (and some moth families) of Belize.  Other pages give information   on butterfly-plant relationships and general ecology.
Butterflies from France & French Guyana Identification of a large number of butterflies.
The site contains distributions maps, photographs of butterflies, caterpillars and pupae for
Ireland, together with news and information.
Photography in Norway
Photos of Norwegian butterflies in their natural surroundings. Scientifically classified.
Butterflies of Ireland This guide to the Butterflies of Ireland is divided into four family groups of
butterflies containing brief details of all of the species of that group that are found in Ireland.
of Poland
Describes all butterfly species from Poland. Most species are illustrated by authors and
others.  Available in Polish and partially in English and German.
of Serbia
Full list of butterfly species living in Serbia, divided into families. 1 picture available                for roughly half of the species.
Butterfly Watching in Ontario Designed by Gord Gallant to help butterfly watchers in Ontario.
Captain’s European Butterfly Guide Destinations within Europe for seeing butterflies. Now including checklists for all European countries.

This site has been created to illustrate the wide diversity of
butterfly species that can be found in the rolling hills of Derbyshire.


Images, information and distribution maps for the moths of
Hampshire, England.

European Butterflies

Many European Butterflies are shown with a discussion and photographs
of each species. Matt aims to show the beauty and variety and the depth of
enjoyment from the challenges of finding, filming and identifying them

Moths and Butterflies of Europe

This website provides a gigantic collection of European moth, butterfly and caterpillar pictures as well as info on their foodplants, breeding, and life cycles. Sorted by scientific names. Highly recommended!

in Sweeden
Fantastic picture gallery of butterflies found in Sweden. A must see, just for the great photos.
Website devoted entirely to Mexican butterflies. Huge list sorted by common names.
of Canada
Index of Canadian butterflies.
of Indo-China
A checklist of butterflies in Indo-China, chiefly from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Eeles British Butterfly Website
An educational site containing information and photos of all of British Butterflies.
Peabody Museum: Entomology
Entomology The Lepidoptera Listserver (LEPS-L).