Very Tiny Butterflies

KathyTNJ(6)June 25, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I've had a lot of very tiny butterflies in the backyard. If they're a half inch wingspan that's a lot. Anyone know what they could be?

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

A half inch wingspan is very small, so I'm wondering if these are tiny moths?
There are many small butterflies, so I couldn't hazzard a guess without a picture or at least a description.
Sherry

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 7:14PM
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larry_gene

(You're not referring to the dandelion butterfly of the other posting, right?)

Certain pyralid moths, partial to mint but will visit a variety of blossoms, are tiny and fly about during the day.

Do yours have a dainty, fluttering flight or do they dart around?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 12:24AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Some of the Gossamer-wing Butterflies on the list below are pretty tiny. I'm seeing lots of blue Azures right now that will gather where it's muddy after I water. The decription says their wingspan can be over an inch but I'm going to measure one. They don't look that big to me. lol

I put in your state on the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Butterflies and Moths of North America - Tennessee

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:27AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm wondering if Kathy might be seeing some little skippers. I've been noticing them in my yard.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 6:52AM
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