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Butterflies

 The Place for Butterfly Watching – Rio Grande Valley butterflies   Butterflies can be found all over the world and in all types of climates. They exist in hot and cold areas, dry and moist climates and even at sea level and high in mountain areas of the world. Many butterflies migrate in order to […]

 The Place for Butterfly Watching – Rio Grande Valley butterflies

 

Butterflies can be found all over the world and in all types of climates. They exist in hot and cold areas, dry and moist climates and even at sea level and high in mountain areas of the world. Many butterflies migrate in order to avoid adverse environmental conditions during certain seasons, especially winter. The Rio Grande Valley is situated in a unique passing zone with a favorable tropical climate that allows a variety of butterfly species to be found in South Texas.

Butterfly watching is a popular year-round activity in South Texas since the area has 300 of North America’s 500 butterfly species. The Rio Grande Valley is also well-known for spotting other insects such as the 120 dragonfly (odonate) species.

 

Texas Butterfly Gardens for Butterfly Watching

National Butterfly Center

3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Mission, Texas 78572
956-583-5400
www.nationalbutterflycenter.org

Open 7 days/week, the National Butterfly Center is the premier location in the United States to experience the beauty and behavior of wild butterflies. Hundreds of species have been documented at this 100-acre nature center, where cultivated gardens and trails showcase native plants that provide breeding and feeding habitat for butterflies, caterpillars and birds. On a sunny day, visitors may see a spectacular variety of dragonflies and butterflies, in truly remarkable quantities. A newly redesigned birding area is a favorite with photographers, and the easiest place in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to see South Texas specialties, such as the Clay-colored Thrush, Olive Sparrow, Green Jay and Altamira Oriole. The NBC also features a commercial nursery, open to the public, and a Visitor’s Center designed by Wendy Evans Joseph, principal architect of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and the National Women’s Museum, in Dallas. 

The National Butterfly Center is located in the NABA Section of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Conservation Corridor, just down the road from Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, headquarters of the World Birding Center.  For hours, rates, GPS coordinates and special events, visit: www.nationalbutterflycenter.org.  For updates on recent bird, butterfly and wildlife sightings, LIKE the National Butterfly Center on Facebook. For additional information or to schedule group tours and activities, call 956.583.5400.

 

National Butterfly Center

National Butterfly Center

 

More butterfly watching parks and gardens in the Rio Grande Valley.

 

Sources of Native Plants for the Rio Grande Valley

Heep’s Nursery
(Mike Heep)
1714 S. Palm Court Drive
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 423-4513 * By appt. only
Rancho Lomitas Nursery
(Benito Trevino)
P.O. Box 442
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
(956) 486-2576 *By appt. only
National Butterfly Center
3333 Butterfly Park Dr.
Mission, TX 78572
956.583.5400
Valley Garden Center
701 E. Bus. Hwy. 83
McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 682-9411

Landscapers using Natives

Heep’s Nursery
(Mike Heep)
1714 S. Palm Court Drive
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 423-4513 * By appt. only
Mother Nature’s Creations
(Billy & Sue Snider)
2822 Nueces
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-4897
Williams Wildscapes, Inc.
(Allen Williams)
750 W Sam Houston
Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 460-9864
www.williamswildscapes.com

 

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