Don’t let the name fool you. You can see this beautiful butterfly all across Texas, not simply along the Gulf coast.
This small crescent can be found everywhere but the panhandle. Its distinguishing feature is a cream colored band on the upper forewing.
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.
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. 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’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.