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. As 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!

Latest from the Blog

Quick Visit to Mercer Botanic Gardens

My work took me near the Mercer Botanic Gardens last Friday (9/25/2020). I couldn’t stay super long, but I did get a few nice pics. The gardens are as lush as I’ve ever seen them. Props to their team for all their hard work. If you are anywhere near Houston, it’s worth the stop!

Common Mestra

The Common Mestra is found primarily in South Texas but is an occasional stray throughout the state. I saw it with semi-regularity when I lived in San Angelo, Texas. It is a weak flier and tends to glide flat-winged.

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe The Sleepy Orange is more yellow than orange and isn’t lazy from what I can tell. Some think it got its name from the small black marks on the upperside of its forewing. Apparently, some folks think it looks like a closed eye. You’ll find this active flyer all over Texas. It’s markings can change a bit, especially from winter to summer. It tends to always have that… Read More

Soapberry Hairstreak

This handsome butterfly sticks close to it’s main food plant, the Western Soapberry Tree. It stands out for the VW mark that you’ll find on its hindwings.

Acton Nature Center

You can’t get more TexasButterfly.com than a butterfly garden named after Davey Crockett’s wife! That’s exactly what you get and more at the Acton Nature Center in Acton, Texas near Lake Granbury.

Gulf Fritillary

Don’t let the name fool you. You can see this beautiful butterfly all across Texas, not simply along the Gulf coast.

Phaon Crescent

This small crescent can be found everywhere but the panhandle. Its distinguishing feature is a cream colored band on the upper forewing.

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.


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.

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