Butterflying Hobby: My Life List Taxonomy

Organizing nature into its many trees and branches is called “taxonomy.” This science of classification is highly addicting, especially for someone like me who finds the organization process entirely therapeutic.

While I am a naturalist who loves to collect photographs of virtually all life, my real passion is for butterflies. I recently began posting some of my collections, but I’ve been stumped about how to post them in sizeable chunks without their being too long or too short. “Subfamilies,” “subgenera,” and “subspecies” throw me off too.

Hence this page, “My Life List Taxonomy,” a veritable Table of Contents for all of my sightings. I’ll update this list in conjunction with the other pages. Keep checking back for updates and new sightings!

NOTE: This list lies entirely within Order: Lepidoptera > Superfamily: Papilionidae

Family Papilionidae

  • Subfamily Parnassiinae (1)
    • Tribe Parnassiini
      • Genus Parnassius
        • Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius)
  • Subfamily Papilioninae (24)
    • Tribe Papilionini (see my collection here)
      • Genus Papilio
        • Subgenus Chilasa
          • Common Mime Swallowtail (Papilio clytia)
        • Subgenus Papilio
          • Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
        • Subgenus Heraclides
          • Eastern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
        • Subgenus Pterourus
          • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
          • Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)
        • Subgenus Achillides
          • Paris Peacock Swallowtail (Papilio paris)
          • Chinese Peacock Swallowtail (Papilio bianor)
          • Southern Chinese Peacock Swallowtail (Papilio dialis)
        • Subgenus Menelaides
          • Spangle Swallowtail (Papilio protenor)
          • Great Mormon Swallowtail (Papilio memnon)
          • Red Helen Swallowtail (Papilio helenus)
          • Black-and-white Helen Swallowtail (Papilio nephelus)
          • Common Mormon Swallowtail (Papilio polytes)
    • Tribe Leptocircini (see my collection here)
      • Genus Lamproptera
        • White Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera curius)
        • Green Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera meges)
      • Genus Graphium
        • Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon)
        • Great Jay (Graphium eurypylus)
        • Spot Swordtail (Graphium nomius)
        • Common Jay (Graphium doson)
        • Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon)
        • Lesser Zebra (Graphium macareus)
        • Spotted Zebra (Graphium megarus)
    • Tribe Troidini (see my collection here)
      • Genus Pachliopta
        • Common Rose Swallowtail (Pachliopta aristolochiae)
      • Subtribe Troidina
        • Genus Troides
          • Common Birdwing (Troides helena)

Family Hesperioidea

  • Subfamily Hesperiinae (18)
    • Genus Notocrypta
      • Common Banded Demon (Notocrypta paralysos)
    • Genus Iambrix
      • Chestnut Bob (Iambrix salsala)
    • Genus Ancistroides
      • Chocolate Demon (Ancistroides nigrita)
    • Genus Udaspes
      • Grass Demon (Udaspes folus)
    • Genus Suastus
      • Indian Palm Bob (Suastus gremius)
    • Tribe Aeromachini
      • Genus Ampittia
        • Common Bush Hopper (Ampittia dioscorides)
        • Striped Bush Hopper (Ampittia virgata)
      • Genus Pithauria
        • Banded Straw Ace (Pithauria marsena)
    • Tribe Hesperiini
      • Genus Hylephila
        • Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
      • Genus Ochlodes
        • Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)
      • Genus Polites
        • Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
    • Tribe Thymelicini
      • Genus Ancyloxypha
        • Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
    • Tribe Baorini
      • Genus Pelopidas
        • Little Branded Swift (Pelopidas agna)
      • Genus Parnara
        • Oriental Straight Swift (Parnara bada)
      • Genus Borbo
        • Formosan Swift (Borbo cinnara)
    • Tribe Taractrocerini
      • Genus Potanthus
        • Bush Dart (Potanthus palnia)
        • Lesser Dart (Potanthus omaha)
    • Tribe Erionotini
      • Genus Gangara
        • Giant Redeye (Gangara thyrsis)
  • Subfamily Coeliadinae (2)
    • Genus Hasora
      • Common Banded Awl (Hasora chromus)
      • Plain Banded Awl (Hasora vitta)
  • Subfamily Eudaminae (2)
    • Tribe Eudamini
      • Genus Urbanus
        • Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)
      • Genus Epargyreus
        • Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Subfamily Pyrginae (8)
    • Tribe Celaenorrhinini
      • Genus Pseudocoladenia
        • Fulvous Pied Flat (Pseudocoladenia dan)
    • Tribe Tagiadini
      • Genus Tagiades
        • Suffused Snow Flat (Tagiades gana)
        • Water Snow Flat (Tagiades litigiosa)
      • Genus Odontoptilum
        • Chestnut Banded Angle (Odontoptilum angulata)
    • Tribe Pyrgini
      • Genus Burnsius
        • Complex Burnsius communis
        • Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
      • Genus Pyrgus
        • Northern Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
    • Tribe Carcharodini
      • Genus Spialia
        • Indian Skipper (Spialia galba)

Family Nymphalidae

Family Lychaedinae

Family Pieridae

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