Santa Barbara Field Guides - Butterflies|
This guide pictures and describes all of the butterflies thought to occur in Santa Barbara County. The list of species is based on a combination of field sightings, the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and other worker's records (especially the USGS "Butterflies of North America" site, maintained by Paul Opler.) It is likely that not all of the species described here actually maintain breeding populations in the County. Some are included as possible strays from other areas, while others are known from neighboring counties, and may have been living undetected in some of the county's remoter regions. The individual species pages attempt to clarify each species' status in this regard.
In addition to multiple photos of each species, each species page includes:
This project was conceived by Curator of Entomology Michael Caterino. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of Hearst Intern Justine Kimball and volunteer Chelsea N. O'Connell. We also thank UC Berkeley's Essig Museum of Entomology for loan of a few specimens to photograph.
Brock, J.P. and Kaufman, K., 2003. Butterflies of North America (A Kaufman Focus Guide). Houghton Mifflin.
Opler, P.A., 1999. Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides). Houghton-Mifflin.
Opler, P.A., et al. (undated) Butterflies of North America (USGS web site).
Emmel, T.C. and Emmel, J. F. 1973. Butterflies of Southern California. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Scott, J.A. 1986. The Butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press.