Top 10 Smallest Butterflies

Woolly legs, with a wingspan of 3/4 to 1.25 inches, is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. It belongs to the same family as the blue butterflies, and as in the blues, female is a little larger than male.

The blue butterflies, which belong to the Lycaenidae family of butterflies, are some of the smallest in size. This butterfly, with a wingspan of 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch wide.

The least skipper belongs to a huge family of butterflies known for their antennae, which are spaced farther apart than in other butterflies and end in curves.

The little metalmark has a wingspan of 3/4 of an inch and gets its name because its wings bear what looks like metallic markings.

A bit bigger and of more weight than its western pygmy blue cousin, this butterfly of North and Central America has a 3/4 inch wingspan.

As its name implies, this little butterfly with a 1/4 inch to 1.25-inch wide wingspan has sooty brown wings with white speckles.

The brilliant orange-red wings of this little butterfly warn potential predators that it is poisonous. The males are more vividly colored, and the females are larger, a little duller.

This insect is given its name because of the pattern of black and white on its wings, whose span ranges from 1/4 of an inch to 1 inch. This coloration makes it look somewhat like a moth. 

This little swallowtail butterfly has a wingspan that ranges from between 5/8 to 14 of an inch. It’s found in Central and South America including the Brazilian and Venezuelan rainforests. 

Scientists believe this tiny butterfly, with a wingspan of only a little under half an inch to a little over .78 of an inch, is at least the smallest butterfly in North America if not the world.