From 2002 - 2007 volunteers of all kinds searched fields and fens, mountains and meadows, even their own backyards, to document the status of Vermont butterflies.

Despite their lofty status among the insects, butterflies were largely a mystery in Vermont. There was no atlas of their distribution, no scientific assessment of the threats they face, and no conservation concept for butterfly species on a statewide scale. With this in mind, we initiated a six-year study to document the distribution and abundance of butterflies in Vermont.

This effort helped to build a community of butterfly watchers across the state that have continued to document butterfly occurrences in Vermont and beyond using e-Butterfly, our portal for butterfly data in North America. Whether you observe them in your garden, a nearby meadow, or the top of Mt. Mansfield, we hope you’ll add your butterfly sightings.