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List of Butterflies of Texas

The following list of butterflies are found in Texas. Clicking on the text link will show you a picture of the butterfly and which specific counties in Texas the butterfly is found in. Each link also provides more information about the butterfly's identification and life history.  This will help you decide which Butterfly Nectar Plants and Butterfly Host Plants you will want to plant when you create your butterfly garden. Simply find which butterflies are in your area, grow the plants the caterpillars like to eat, and plants that adult butterflies feed on! You can prolong the butterfly's stay in your garden and draw in others by providing both the food and shelter they need.

Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Admirals and Relatives (Limenitidinae)
'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Brownish Cracker (Hamadryas iphthime)
California Sister (Adelpha bredowii)
Common Banner (Epiphile adrasta)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)
Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)
Spot-celled Sister (Adelpha basiloides)
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta)
Tithian Sailor (Dynamine tithia)
Variable Cracker (Hamadryas feronia)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Waiter Daggerwing (Marpesia coresia)
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)

Emperors (Apaturinae)
Empress Leilia
(Asterocampa leilia)
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon)
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Longwings (Heliconiinae)
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa)
Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Isabella's Heliconian (Eueides isabella)
Julia Heliconian (Dryas julia)
Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta)
Scarce Bamboo Page (Philaethria dido)
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae)
Klug's Clearwing
(Dircenna klugii)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Soldier (Danaus eresimus)
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea)

Snouts (Libytheinae)
American Snout
(Libytheana carinenta)

Tropical Brushfoots (Biblidinae)
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe)

True Brushfoots (Nymphalinae)
American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)
Baltimore (Euphydryas phaeton)
Banded Patch (Chlosyne endeis)
Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima)
Black Crescent (Phyciodes ptolyca)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Chestnut Crescent (Phyciodes argentea)
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)
Definite Patch (Chlosyne definita)
Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas minuta)
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)
Elf (Microtia elva)
Fulvia Checkerspot (Thessalia fulvia)
Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)
Graphic Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
Mimic (Hypolimnas misippus)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)
Painted Crescent (Phyciodes picta)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)


Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Swallowtails (Papilioninae)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Broad-banded Swallowtail (Papilio astyalus)
Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Magnificent Swallowtail (Papilio garamus)
Mylotes Cattle Heart (Parides eurimedes)
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Pink-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio pharnaces)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)
Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Thoas Swallowtail (Papilio thoas)
Three-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio pilumnus)
Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)



Courtesy of: Opler, Paul A., Harry Pavulaan, Ray E. Stanford, Michael Pogue, coordinators. 2006.  Butterflies and Moths of North America. Bozeman, MT: Mountain Prairie Information Node.

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