Thailand: Butterfly Families Overview


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The Lepidoptera of Thailand covers two superfamilies, the Papilionoidea (butterflies) and the Hesperiidea (skippers), that are further divided into six families - Parnassinae (snow apollos), Papilionidae (birdwings and swallowtails), Pieridae (whites and yellows), Nymphalidae (nymphalids), Lycaenidae (blues and judies) and Hesperiidae (skippers). The four larger families are further divided into subfamilies. Taxonomy and nomencature follow Ek-Amnuay, P. (2012) Butterflies of Thailand, Editiion 2, with taxonomic updates incorporated from Yutaka, Butterflies in Indo-China and Kimura (2011 - 2016) The Butterflies of Thailand. A complete Thai checklist can be downloaded from this site's Checklist area.

Subfamilies, with examples of species within, and links to the relevant gallery are below.

Papilionoidea: Butterflies

Family Parnassinae: Bhutan. (No images available for the species within this family.)

Family Papilionidae Group 1: Birdwings, Batwings, Windmills, Roses, Clubtails, Lime, Swallowtails, Ravens, Helens, Mormons, Redbreasts, Spangles and Peacocks.

 

birdwing
birdwing
batwing
batwing
windmill
windmill
rose
rose
clubtail
clubtail
  lime
lime
swallowtail
swallowtail
raven
raven
helen
helen
mormon
mormon
  redbreast
redbreast
spangle
spangle
peacock
peacock
   

 

Family Papilionidae: Group 2: Mimes, Kaiser-I-Hind, Gorgons, Swordtails, Zebras, Bluebottles, Jays and Dragontails.

  mime
mime
mime
mime
mime
mime
Kaiser-I-Hind
Kaiser-I-Hind
gorgon
gorgon
  swordtail
swordtail
swordtail
swordtail
swordtail
swordtail
zebra
zebra
bluebottle
bluebottle

 

jay
jay
jay
jay
dragontail
dragontail
dragontail
dragontail
 

 

Family Pieridae:
Subfamily Pierinae group 1: Psyche, Jezebels and Sawtooths

  psyche
psyche
jezebel
jezebel
jezebel
jezebel
sawtooth
sawtooth
sawtooth
sawtooth

 

Family Pieridae:
Subfamily Pierinae group 2: Whites, Gulls, Albatrosses, Puffins, Tips and Wanderers.

  white
white
gull
gull
gull
gull
albatross
albatross
albatross
albatross
  puffin
puffin
puffin
puffin
tip
tip
tip
tip
wanderer
wanderer

 

Family Pieridae:
Subfamily Coliadinae: Sulphurs, Emigrants and Yellows.

  sulphur
sulphur
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
emigrant
  grass yellow
grass yellow
grass yellow
grass yellow
grass yellow
grass yellow
grass yellow
tree yellow
 

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Danainae: Group 1: Tigers and Nymphs.

  tiger
tiger
tiger
tiger
tiger
tiger
tiger
tiger
nymph
nymph

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Danainae: Group 2: Crows.

 

crow
crow
crow
crow
crow
crow
crow
crow
crow
crow

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Satyrinae: Group 1: Browns, Palmflys, Lilacforks and Treebrowns.

  evening brown
evening brown
evening brown
evening brown
palmfly
palmfly
palmfly
palmfly
palmfly
palmfly
  lilacfork
lilacfork
treebrown
treebrown
treebrown
treebrown
   

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Satyrinae: Group 2: Foresters, Labyrinths, Tigerbrown, Mandarin, Owls, Kaisers, Diadems and Pan.

  forester
forester
forester
forester
labyrinth
labyrinth
owl
owl
kaiser
kaiser
  kaiser
kaiser
diadem
diadem
pan
pan
   

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Satyrinae: Group 3: Bushbrowns and Grass Brown.

  bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
bushbrown
grass brown
grass brown

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily: Satyrinae: Group 4: Cyclopses, Catseyes, Ringlets, Fiverings, Fourrings, Threerings and Arguses.

  cyclops
cyclops
catseye
catseye
ringlet
ringlet
fivering
fivering
fourring
fourring
  threering
threering
argus
argus
     

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Morphinae: Fauns, Dryads, Junglequeens, Palmkings, Koh-I-Noor, Saturns, Jungleglories, Junglekings, Duffers and Caliphs.

  faun
faun
faun
faun
faun
faun
dryad
dryad
junglequeen
junglequeen
  palmking
palmking
koh-i-noor
koh-i-noor
saturn
saturn
saturn
saturn
jungleglory
jungleglory

 

jungleglory
jungleglory
jungleking
jungleking
duffer
duffer
duffer
duffer
caliph
caliph

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Charaxinae: Begums, Nawabs and Rajahs.

 

begum
begum
nawab
nawab
nawab
nawab
rajah
rajah
rajah
rajah

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Calinaginae: Freaks. (No images available for the species within this subfamily.)

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Heliconiinae: Julia, Costers, Lacewings, Silverstripe, Fritillaries, Leopards, Rustic, Vagrant, Yeomen, Cruisers and Assyrians.

  julia
julia
coster
coster
lacewing
lacewing
fritillary
fritillary
leopard
leopard

 

rustic
rustic
vagrant
vagrant
yeoman
yeoman
cruiser
cruiser
assyrian
assyrian

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Limentinidea: Group 1:
Lascars, Sailors and Sergeants.

  lascar
lascar
sailor
sailor
sailor
sailor
sailor
sailor
sergeant
sergeant
  sergeant
sergeant
sergeant
sergeant
     

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Limentinidea: Group 2:
Colonel, Commodores, Commander, Panther, Knight, Clipper, Viscounts, Earls and Counts.

  commodore
commodore
commander
commander
panther
panther
knight
knight
clipper
clipper
  viscount
viscount
earl
earl
earl
earl
count
count
count
count

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Limentinidea: Group 3:
Barons, Dukes, Duchess, Marquises and Archdukes.

  baron
baron
duke
duke
duchess
duchess
marquis
marquis
archduke
archduke
  archduke
archduke
       

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Cyrestinae: Maps, Maplets, Tabby, Popinjay and Constable.

 

map
map
maplet
maplet
tabby
tabby
popinjay
popinjay
constable
constable

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily
Biblidinae
: Castors and Dandies.

 

castor
castor
castor
castor
dandy
dandy
 

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Apaturinae: Emperors, Princes, Pashas, Courtesans, Circe and Siren.

  emperor
emperor
prince
prince
prince
prince
prince
prince
prince
prince

 

pasha
pasha
courtesan
courtesan
courtier
courtier
circe
circe

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Nymphalinae: Commas, Admirals, Lady, Jesters, Pansies, Wizard, Lurcher, Eggflys, Leafs and Oakleafs.

  comma
comma
admiral
admiral
admiral
admiral
jester
jester
pansy
pansy
  pansy
pansy
pansy
pansy
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
lurcher
lurcher
  lurcher
lurcher
eggfly
eggfly
eggfly
eggfly
leaf
leaf
leaf
leaf

 

oakleaf
oakleaf
     

 

Family Nymphalidae:
Subfamily Libytheinae:
Beaks.

 

beak
beak
beak
beak
beak
beak
   

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Riodininae: Punchinellos, Punches, Judies, Harlequins and Columbine.

 

punchinello
punchinello
punch
punch
judy
judy
harlequin
harlequin
columbine
columbine

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Portitiinae: Gems, Emerald, Brilliants and Bluejohns.

 

gem
gem
gem
gem
brilliant
brilliant
brilliant
brilliant
 

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Liphyrinae: Moth Butterfly. (No images available for the species within this subfamily.)

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Miletinae: Brownies, Darkies, Mottles, Taraka Pierrots and Apefly.

 

brownie
brownie
darkie
darkie
Taraka pierrot
Taraka sp. pierrot
apefly
apefly
 

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Curetinae: Sunbeams.

 

sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam
sunbeam

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Polyommatinae: Group 1: Pierrots, Cupids and Quakers.

  pierrot
pierrot
pierrot
pierrot
cupid
cupid
cupid
cupid
quaker
quaker

 

malayan
malayan
     

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Polyommatinae: Group 2: Blues, Albocerulean, Jewels, Forget-me-not, Peablue, Ceruleans, Fourlines, Sixlines, Lineblues, Singleton and Niphanda Pierrots.

 

blue
blue
blue
blue
albocerrulean
albocerulean
quaker
forget-me-not
peablue
peablue
  cerulean
cerulean
cerulean
cerulean
lineblue
lineblue
lineblue
lineblue
singleton
singleton
  Niphanda sp. peirrot
Niphanda sp. pierrot
       

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Lycaeninae: Sapphires.

 

sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
sapphire
 

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Theclinae Group 1: Hairstreaks, Silverlines, Oakblues, Bushblues, Plushblues, Blues and Tinsels.

  silverline
silverline
oakblue
oakblue
bushblue
bushblue
plushblue
plushblue
tinsel
tinsel

 

Family: Lycaenidae:
Subfamily Theclinae Group 2: Yams, Yamflies, Imperials, Posies, Onyxs, Royals, Flashes, Witch, Tits, Cornelians, Sparks, Plane and Plush.

  yam
yam
yamfly
yamfly
imperial
imperial
imperial
imperial
posy
posy
  onyx
onyx
royal
royal
royal
royal
royal
royal
flash
flash
  witch
witch
tit
tit
tit
tit
cornelian
cornelian
plane
plane
  plush
plush
       

 

Hersperidea: Skippers

Coeliadinae: Awlets Awls and Awlkings.

  awlet
awlet
awl
awl
awl
awl
awlkingawlking  


Pyrginae: Dawnflies, Flats and Angles.

  dawnfly
dawnfly
flat
flat
flat
flat
flat
flat
angle
angle

 

Hesperiinae: Group 1: Hoppers, Aces, Bobs, Coons and Demons.

  hopper
hopper
ace
ace
bob
bob
bob
bob
coon
coon
  demon
demon
       

 

Hesperiinae: Group 2: Flitters, Lancers, Darters, Palmers, Redeyes, Skippers, Darts, Dartlets, Swifts and Wights.

  flitter
flitter
lancer
lancer
darter
darter
palmer
palmer
redeye
redeye
  skipper
skipper
dart
dart
dart
dart
dartlet
dartlet
swift
swift

 

wight
wight