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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 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. In south Texas, you will find its less common cousin, the Tropical Buckeye.

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’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.

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.

Often mistaken for the Monarch, the Queen butterfly often outnumbers its orange look alike. Absent only from East Texas, it can be found in large numbers throughout the state.

When many people think of butterflies, they think Monarchs. Monarchs can be found throughout the United States and across Texas. In fact, the Monarch is the official State Insect of Texas!