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Native Specialty Butterflies in the Rio Grande Valley


The Rio Grande Valley is in a unique location with a variety of ecosystems that intersect to make a truly exceptional habitat for specialty butterflies – more than 300 species of butterflies can be found in the South Texas region.

List of Specialty Butterflies:

Common Name Scientific Name
Blue Metalmarks Lasaia sula
Broad-tipped Clearwing Pteronymia cotytto
Brown Longtails Urbanus procne
Common Mestra Mestra amymone
Crimson Patch Chlosyne janais
Cross-barred White Itaballia demophile
‘Dark’ Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva
Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
Erickson’s White-Skipper Heleiopetes domicella
Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
Four-spotted Sailor Dynamine postverta
Gold-spotted Aguna Aguna asander
Gray Cracker Hamadryas februa
Guava Skipper Phocides polybius
Laviana White-Skippers Heliopetes laviana
Mexican Bluewing Myscelia ethusa
One-spotted Prepona Archaeoprepona demophon
Purple-washed Skipper Panoquina lucas
Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak Strymon rufofusca
Red Rim Biblis hyperia
Ruby-spotted Swallowtail Papilio anchisiades
Sickle-winged Skippers Achlyodes thraso
Silver-banded Hairstreak Chlorostrymon simaethis
Silver Emperor Doxocopa laure
Theona Checkerspot Chlosyne theona
Tropical Leafwing Anaea aidea
Turquoise Longtail Urbanus evona
White-striped Longtails Chioides catillus
Zilpa Longtail Chiodes zilpa

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