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Butterflies of Berks County, Pennsylvania
Sightings in 2008

     The following butterfly species (those in bold) have been seen in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2008. There have been records of 108 species seen in Berks County. The list below includes all those reported from 2003 through 2007 plus any new in 2008, a total of 85 species. Species in red have been added to the list this year, meaning there were no known sightings from 2003 - 2007.

     No doubt other species will be present, but not seen. Some of the 108 species are historical records and many are of strays not often found in the county. Ninety seven of the one hundred eight species are known to have been seen in the past 40 years. Three species were added in 2008.
If you have a reliable sighting not on this list for 2008, please send an email to .

Sightings in 2008    (67 species)

Berks County, Pennsylvania - 2008

 Family HESPERIIDAE
1 Silver-spotted Skipper
2 Long-tailed Skipper (new to list this year)
3 Hoary Edge
4 Northern Cloudywing
5 Dreamy Duskywing
6 Sleepy Duskywing
7 Juvenal's Duskywing 
8 Horace's Duskywing
9 Wild Indigo Duskywing
10 Checkered Skipper
11 Common Sootywing
12 Swarthy Skipper
13 Least Skipper
14 European Skipper
15 Fiery Skipper
16 Leonard's Skipper
17 Cobweb Skipper 
18 Indian Skipper
19 Peck's Skipper
20 Tawny-edged Skipper
21 Crossline Skipper
22 Long Dash
23 Northern Broken Dash
24 Little Glassy Wing
25 Sachem
26 Delaware Skipper
27 Mulberry Wing
28 Hobomok Skipper
29 Zabulon Skipper
30 Broad-winged Skipper 
31 Black Dash 
32 Dun Skipper
33 Ocola Skipper 
 Family PAPILIONIDAE
34 Pipevine Swallowtail 
35 Zebra Swallowtail 
36 Black Swallowtail 
37 Giant Swallowtail
38 Tiger Swallowtail 
39 Spicebush Swallowtail
40 Palamedes Swallowtail 
     (One sighting ever in Berks)
 Family PIERIDAE 
41 Cabbage Butterfly
42 Clouded Sulphur
43 Orange Sulphur
44 Cloudless Sulphur (new to list this year)
45 Little Sulphur
46 Sleepy Orange

Family LYCAENIDAE
47 Harvester
48 American Copper
49 Banded Hairstreak
50 Striped Hairstreak
51 Red-banded Hairstreak
52 Juniper Hairstreak 
53 Brown Elfin
54 White-m Hairstreak
55 Gray Hairstreak 
56 Eastern Tailed Blue
57 Spring Azure
58 Summer Azure
59 Appalachian Azure
Family LIBYTHEIDAE
60 Snout Butterfly 
 Family NYMPHALIDAE
61 Variegated Fritillary
62 Great Spangled Fritillary 
63 Aphrodite
64 Meadow Fritillary
65 Pearl Crescent
66 Baltimore
67 Question Mark
68 Comma 
69 Gray Comma 
70 Mourning Cloak
71 Milbert's Tortoiseshell (new to list this year)
72 American Painted Lady
73 Painted Lady
74 Red Admiral
75 Buckeye
76 Red-spotted Purple
77 Viceroy
Subfamily APATURINAE
78 Hackberry Butterfly 
79 Tawny Emperor
 Subfamily SATYRINAE
80 Northern Pearly Eye 
81 Appalachian Eyed Brown
82 Little Wood Satyr
83 Common Ringlet
    (Two sightings ever in Berks)
84 Common Wood Nymph
 Subfamily DANAINAE
85 Monarch
Past year butterfly species sightings in Berks County, PA
2003 (63)
2004 (63)
2005 (62)
2006 (61)
2007 (64)
2008 (67)
2009 (73)
2010 (80)
2011 (72)
2012 (78)
2013 (74)
No data
2015 (71)
2016 (61)
2017 (62)
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A site with data on butterfly distributions by county (and photographs) for North America can be found at North American Butterflies. This government sponsored site is updated about once a year.
There is a small informal group of local butterfly collectors/observers in Berks Co. Pennsylvania If you are interested in butterflies and would like to meet this group, contact.

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