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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Primarily found in the tropics, there are a few metalmarks that call Texas home. One is the Fatal Metalmark. This tiny butterfly is a rusty brown on top with brighter orange underneath. Like other metal marks, it has a metalic band that runs around the fore and hindwings.