The Superfamily Papilionoidea which are considered to be true butterflies, the Superfamily Hesperioidea known as skippers, and the Superfamily Hedyloidea which are moth-butterflies. According to some estimates, there are about 20,000 species worldwide. Given below are some of the species.
The wingspan measures about 5-7 cm or 2-2.75 inches. In its adult stage, its lifespan is about 6 months. The larvae feed on papaya. It occurs in the eastern regions of North America right from Canada to Florida. It belongs to the family Papilionidae.
The male has bright-orange markings with black borders as well as black veins on its wings. There are scent gland patches on the hind wings. The female's coloring is orange-brown with black borders, with the black veins being fuzzy. There are white spots on the borders of the wings as well as on the apex in both the genders.
This butterfly can be found from the southern parts of Canada to all over the US, Central America, and a major portion of South America. It can also be found in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and Australia. It belongs to the familyNymphalidae.
The black line that runs across its wings is what distinguishes it. Plus, the under-parts of the wings are the same as the upper-parts, quite unlike the Monarch, the under-parts of which are lighter. Its wingspan is 7-7.5 cm or 2.75-3 inches. It occurs from Canada right down to Mexico. It belongs to the family Nymphalidae.
The female's coloring is a little subdued comparatively. The underside of the wings is brown in color. The wingspan is about 14 cm or 5.5 inches. Both the genders have a tail on their hind wings. It belongs to the family Papilionidae.
The female's wings are brown in color with cream spots, and is larger in size than the male. The male has an abdomen that is bright-yellow in color, and its wings are brown with green and blue markings. This is a rare butterfly and occurs in the lowland forests in the northern regions of Papua New Guinea on the eastern part of the Owen Stanley Mountains.
This huge butterfly was named in honor of Queen Alexandra, who was the Danish wife of England's King Edward VII. This butterfly is on the list of endangered species of the US because its habitat is disappearing at a fast rate due to oil palm plantations being created.