WELCOME TO TEXASBUTTERFLY.COM

This website is dedicated to celebrating the butterflies of the Lone Star State.

I started this site as a way of doing something with the nearly six years worth of butterfly photos that had accumulated on my hard drive. I don’t claim to be an expert. I am a happy amateur. Butterflies bring me joy. So does Texas. I hope to spread that joy with you by sharing these photos and the things I’ve learned about looking for butterflies in this great state!

It will take me a while to post enough content for the website to feel complete. I promise to post regularly, so that over time the site can serve as a resource for those trying to learn more about Texas butterflies or who just want to figure out what the name of the butterfly in their backyard might be.

Latest from the Blog

Black Swallowtail

The Black Swallowtail can be found throughout the state. Females mimic the Pipevine Swallowtail while males have two distinct rows of yellow cell spots on the uperside of their wings.

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skippers are aptly named, although you’ll occasionally find them without their tails. Their iridescent green backs provide a flash of color as they skip around your garden.

Variegated Fritillary

The Variegated Fritillary is a common sight when hiking throughout Texas. It prefers open habitat and can be found in prairies, brushland, and roadsides. It nectars on a variety of flowers and is a common sight among the spring wildflowers.

Checkered White

There are only two whites that are common throughout most of Texas. One of those is the Checkered White which can be seen in every part of the state. Its white wings stand our against brightly colored flowers.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

This 164 acre nature park in Rosenburg, Texas has quickly become a favorite spot of mine. With gardens, woodlands, prairie grasses, and wetlands, you are sure to see a variety of butterflies.

Viceroy

The Viceroy mimics the monarch but is more closely related to the Red-Spotted Purple and other Admirals. It found almost everywhere in Texas and frequents woodland edges. It’s bright orange often pops against the green leaves it rests upon.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye Junonia coenia The Common Buckeye is common all across Texas. You’ll often find it sitting on bare ground or paths. The males are territorial and you can often count on finding them on the same path over and over again. The large clear markings make this a standout in most of Texas. There is a bit of variety on the underside of the wing. Sometimes the eyespots are distinct while… Read More

Tawny Emperor

The Tawny Emperor loves to hang out at the forest’s edge and will make visits to trees in your yard. It can be found throughout Texas except for the Panhandle and in the El Paso area.

Red Admiral

This is not a butterfly you are likely to confuse with any other. Its distinct orange markings make it stand out in your garden.

One Month In

A look back at April 2020. Nothing like a global pandemic to help you get around to a project you’ve been considering for a while. One month in and the blog is starting to take shape. I’m having lots of fun sorting through my pictures remembering trips and recalling the first time I saw particular butterflies. Even with the limitations on travel I was able to see quite a few butterflies this… Read More

Fiery Skipper

This active little skipper can be found dancing around gardens throughout Texas.

Little Yellow

The name says it all. This is a little yellow butterfly found across Texas. Two little black dots at the base of the hindwing will help you distinguish it from similar small, yellow butterflies.

Pearl Crescent

You’ll find this small orange butterfly throughout Texas almost all year long. I see it more in the Houston area than I did in West Texas, but it was common there, as well. It usually flies low to the ground and feeds on a variety of flowers in both fields and gardens.

American Lady

You can find this butterfly throughout most of the United States and all across Texas. I have seen it on any number of flowers included purple aster, blue greg’s mist, zinnias, and more.

Spicebush Swallowtail

Found primarily in East Texas, the Spicebush Swallowtail mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail. It differs from the Pipevine in two distinct ways. First, it has two rows of orange spots on the underside of its wings making it look more like the Black Swallowtail. Second, the white spots on the upperside cling close to the edge of the wings.

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