LIST: South Texas Butterfly List
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
This is an in-progress, cumulative listing of all 89 butterfly species definitively documented on our spring and fall ‘Rio Grande Valley’ birding tours between 2016 and 2020. Although our two annual birding tours are scheduled for the peak bird activity during the spring and fall migrations each year, the Rio Grande Valley is also a butterfly mecca and it’s hard to ignore the incredible diversity of species we encounter while visiting the birding hotspots of the region. The subtropical climate of South Texas brings together the largest diversity of butterflies in the country, with US species meeting Mexican species along the Lower Rio Grande River. Remnant and restored natural areas throughout the Valley’s refuges and parks in addition to urban, exotic plantings combine to provide an assortment of habitats that support a truly dizzying number of butterflies. Our tour always take a few moments each day to admire these colorful creatures and document which species we come across. This list is a reference for our South Texas tour sightings. We highly recommend the ‘Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America‘ by Jim Brock and Kenn Kaufman to everyone joining our North American birding tours.
South Texas Butterflies (89 species)
Whites & Sulphurs
Great Southern White
Large Orange Sulphur
Great Purple Hairstreak
Longwings & Fritillaries
Crescents & Checkerspots
South Texas Satyr