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Gray Hairstreak Presented by Barbara Higinbotham. She and her husband Maurice travel alot in search of butterflies and bring home some excellent pictures. They sent us this report on their visit last year to Texas:

After watching John’s excellent film on the butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Butterflies in close-up: in the Valley of the Lower Rio Grande, my husband and I decided we just had to go there. Our trip was arranged for the last week in October and the first week in November, this being an ideal time for diversity in the valley.

We stayed in Mission, spending many fruitful days in the well-tended gardens of the National Butterfly Centre. This has been set up by NABA, the North American Butterfly Association. Mission is also a central location for visiting Falcon State Park at the western end of the valley, Sabal Palm to the east and the many hot spots between.

The photographs here were taken on either a Canon 7D with a 100mm macro lens or a 500D with a 60mm macro lens.

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American Snout - Libytheana carinenta

American Snout Libytheana carinenta
Abundant and present at all sites visited.

Blue-ringed Dancer - Argia sedula

Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula
This dainty little damselfly is just 31-36mm in length.

Bordered Patch - Chlosyne lacinia

Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
This fairly common butterfly posed in the NABA gardens.

Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Amazilia yucatanensis

Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis
Frequently in the garden of our accommodation.

Clytie Ministreak - Ministrymon clytie

Clytie Ministreak Ministrymon clytie
Common but local in the valley, this individual was seen in the NABA gardens.

Fatal Metalmark - Calephelis nemesis and Ambush Bug - Phymatidae sp.

Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis and Ambush Bug Phymatidae sp.
As butterfly lovers we saw far too many Ambush and Assassin bugs!

Fiery Skipper  Hylephilia phyleus

Fiery Skipper Hylephilia phyleus
A gorgeous, common little butterfly.

Funereal Duskywing - Erynnis funeralis

Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
Only occurring in small numbers. This individual was photographed at Falcon State Park in the flower-filled garden there.

Grey Hairstreak - Strymon melinus

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus
Considered the most widespread of North American Butterflies.

Guava Skipper - Phocides polybius

Guava Skipper Phocides polybius
Not a common butterfly but our trip was aimed at the best time to find it. This magnificent, fresh individual was photographed in the NABA gardens.

Guava Skipper - Phocides polybius

Guava Skipper Phocides polybius
Seen in the NABA gardens and Estero Llano, Weslaco

Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
The most common of the larger butterflies, abundant everywhere.

Laviana White-Skipper - Heliopetes laviana

Laviana White-Skipper Heliopetes laviana
Widespread and common throughout the year. Here photographed at Santa Ana, Alamo.

Lyside Sulphur - Kricognia lyside

Lyside Sulphur Kricognia lyside
A fast-flying butterfly, abundant all year. This one was nectaring happily in the gardens at Estero Llano.

Mallow-Scrub Hairstreak - Strymon istapa

Mallow-Scrub Hairstreak Strymon istapa
This dainty little hairstreak was ubiquitous, found here on Blue Daze Evolvulus glomeratus in the garden of our accommodation.

Mazans Scallopwing - Staphylus mazans

Mazans Scallopwing Staphylus mazans
Photographed at Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary, Brownsville, the only site we found this species.

Mexican Bluewing - Myscelia ethusa

Mexican Bluewing Myscelia ethusa
This uncommon butterfly is a lover of shady woodland. We found this glistening individual, typically perched head down on a tree trunk.

Queen - Danus gilippus

Queen Danus gilippus
Widespread and abundant all year in the valley.

Reakirt’s Blue - Hemiargus isola

Reakirt’s Blue Hemiargus isola
The only place we found this species was the well-kept garden in the Falcon State Park.

Red-bordered Pixie - Melanis pixe

Red-bordered Pixie Melanis pixe
This unusual looking Metalmark is uncommon and local. The one photographed here was found near its larval host plant the guamachil tree Pithecellobium dulce.

Tawny Emperor - Asterocampa clyton

Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton
A lover of fresh sap, but found on most sites tucking into bait provided for them.

Texas Rattlesnake sp.

Texas Rattlesnake sp.

Texas Wasp Moth - Horama panthalon texana

Texas Wasp Moth Horama panthalon texana
This Paper Wasp mimic has a wingspan of 32-34mm.

Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
Widespread and common throughout the year in the valley. This individual was photographed at Santa Ana.

Unicorn Mantis - Phyllovates chlorophaea

Unicorn Mantis Phyllovates chlorophaea
Here sat in the Eupatoreum waiting for an unsuspecting butterfly.

Western Pygmy Blue - Brephidium exile

Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exile
The smallest of butterflies with a wingspan of just 12-18mm. Common but local in the valley and easy to photograph.

White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae
This stunningly beautiful, tropical butterfly is widespread and common all year.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 15:56