These are butterflies from the NABA Butterfly Park in Mission, TX and several state parks in the Mission area.
This first one was my favorite butterfly of the trip – as large as a Tiger Swallowtail and brilliantly colored. It’s a Malachite – Siproeta stelenes
Crimson Patch – Chlosyne janais
The caterpillar of a Crimson Patch Butterfly
The caterpillar’s food plant – Smallflower Wrightwort (Carlowrightia parvifolia)
Dusky Blue Groundstreak – Calycopis isobeon
Carolina Satyr – Hermeuptychia sosybius (Thanks to Dave Hanson for the ID)
Gulf Fritillary – Agraulis vanillae
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak – Strymon bazochii
Top side of the Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
Large Orange Sulphur – Phoebis agarithe
Laviana White Skipper – Heliopetes laviana
Mimosa Yellow – Eurema nise
Queen – Danaus gilippus
Reakirt’s Blue – Hemiargus isola
Texan Crescent – Phyciodes texana
Tropical Checkered Skipper – Pyrgus oileus
Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Whirlabout – Polites vibex
White Peacock – Anartia jatrophae
There were several skippers that I couldn’t identify – some that looked like dark grass skippers, and others that had long tails.
I saw one beautiful little moth – it’s one of the wave moths – Idaea sp.
A Six-spotted Milkweed Bug – Oncopeltus sexmaculatus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak – Strymon istapa
Monarch – Danaus plexippus
I didn’t know any of them spent the winter in Texas.
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – the most familiar butterfly I saw.
This is a Robber Fly (Efferia sp.) – a weird looking creature. It was sitting still in the sand – probably waiting for some prey to come along.