Texas Butterflies

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

Mating Queens

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

American Snout

Empress Leilia

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.