Large Orange Sulphur

Large Orange Sulphur

Cassius blue

Cassius blue


Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

 





Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail


Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface


Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur


Large Orange Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur


Lyside Sulphur

Lyside Sulphur


Gulf Frittillary

Gulf Fritillary

 

Common Butterflies Seen in Yards and Gardens in LRGV Texas

Just starting to observe butterflies? The butterflies listed below are ones that are likely to be seen in gardens throughout the lower Rio Grande Valley.

In the table below, the numbers in "Flight Period" and "Caterpillar Season" correspond to the month (4 = April, 5 = May, etc.), with < meaning earlier in the month, m the middle of the month, and > late in the month.

Expected Frequency of Sighting
Name
Flight Period
Caterpillar Season
Native Caterpillar Food Plants
 
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Pipevines (Aristolochia spp.)
 
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Lime Pricklyash (Zanthoxylum fargara), Torchwood (Amyris spp.), Baretta (Helietta parvifolia)
 
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Baby Bonnets (Coursetia axillaris), Bearded Dalea (Dalea pogonathera), Texas Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana)
 
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), Sickle Pod (Senna obtusifolia)
 
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Texas Ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule), Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)
 
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Guayacan (Guaiacum angustifolia)
 
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Texas Ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule), Rattlepod (Crotolaria incana), Scarlet Pea (Indigofera miniata), Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra)
 
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Corona de Cristo (Passiflora foetida), Corkystem Passionvine (Passiflora suberosa), Slender Lobe Passionvine (Passiflora tenuiloba)
 
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius)
1 - 12
1 - 12
 
Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Corkystem Passionvine (Passiflora suberosa), Slender Lobe Passionvine (Passiflora tenuiloba)
 
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Water Hyssop (Bacop monnieri), White Lippia (Lippia alba), Turkey Tangle Fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora), Ruellia
 
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), Pearl Milkweed (Matelea reticulata), Climbing Milkweed (Cynanchum spp.)
 
Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)
7 - 12 6 - 12
Carlowrightia, Dicleptera
 
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), Common Sunflower (Helianthus annulus), Camphor Weed (Heterotheca latifolia), Cowpen Daisy (Verbesina encelioides)
 
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Brasil (Condalia hookeri), Sugar Hackberry (Celtis laevigata), Spiny Hackberry (Celtis pallida)
 
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
1 - 12
1 - 12
 
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Water Willow (Justicia spp.), Wild Petunia (Ruella spp.)
 
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Sugar Hackberrry
 
Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Croton (Croton spp.)
 
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
1 - 12
1 - 12

Vasey's wild lime (
Adelia vaseyi)
  Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe) 1 - 11  
Guamuchil (Pithecellobium dulce), Albizia, and Inga species; all in the pea family (Fabaceae)
  False Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Clematis ssp.
  Guava Skipper (Phocides polybius)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Guava
  Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Mallow
  Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Bladdermallow (Herissantia crispa), Malva Loca (Malvastrum americanum)
 
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
6 - 12 6 - 12
Faux Persil Balloonvine (Cardiospermum cornidum), Heartseeded Vine (Cardiospermum halicacabum)
 
Mallow-scrub Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Gray Hairstreak (Stymon melinus)
1 - 12
1 - 12