Photo Gallery « back to albumInsects and Invertebrates Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) female on wildflowers, TexasBlue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) resting on fragrant water lily, Caddo Lake, TexasBordered Patches (Chlosyne lacinia) can be found nectaring on Indian Blanket at Falcon State Park butterfly garden.Eighty-eight Butterfly (Diaethria anna) on moist sand near the Rio Frio, El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Tamalulipas, MexicioCeraunus Blue butterfly at NABA Park, Mission, TexasCheckered Setwing (Dythemis fugax) male, central TexasCheckered Setwing Dragonfly (Dythemis fugax) sunning, Texas Hill Country, fallCicada (Cicada order) just after shedding old exoskeleton, s. TexasCommon BuckeyeDefensive crawfish (crawdad) backing into pond, south Texas.Crawfish with pinchers up, texasCrimson Patch (Chlosyne janais) is easy to spot at the North American Butterfly Association butterfly garden south of Mission, Texas.Crimson Patch butterflies aren't easy to find north of the border, but the Falcon State Park and North American Butterfly Association butterfly gardens are likely habitats for this black beauty.DragonflyDragonfly at Gwin RanchEastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perethemis terneria) perched, s. Texas, autumnSilver Emperor (Doxocopa laure) male on lantana flowers, s. Texas, November, NABA butterfly park,Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis) in wooded arroyo (Ramadero), Starr County, late spring,Fly on daisy, Mission, TexasFly on daisy, October, s. TexasGray HairstreakGreat Purple HairstreakGulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on lantana flowers, s. TexasGulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Turk's Cap flower, s. Texas, OctoberHalloween Pennant, dragonfly (Celithemis eponina), mating pair, JuneHalloween Pennant, dragonfly (Celithemis eponina), mating pair, JuneHoney Bee on sunflower, s. Texas, springHorse Lubber Grasshopper, Big Bend National Park, Texas, autumnIsmenius Longwing (butterfly) in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas, MexicoJulia Heliconian (Dryas julia) has one of the largest wingspreads of any Texas butterfly. Mist flowers and dozens of other flowering plants species attract a array of butterflies at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse.Long-tailed SkipperLonghorn Beetles, adults breeding on prickly pear cactus, south Texas, SeptemberLyside SulphurMalachite on lady's fingerDawn Gordon with a Malachite on her finger at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse. She was part of a Mission Butterfly Festival Tour group butterfly tour.The Mission Buttefly Festival tours are always instructive and fun. Participants see unusual butterflies like this huge Malachite at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse butterfly garden.Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) on mist flower, Falcon Lake State Park, Texas on the Rio GrandeMontezuma Morpho (butterfly) is among the largest and most colorful butterflies found in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas, MexicoMournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) on mistflower, s. TexasNeedham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) dragonfly, male perched on cattail in marsh, south Texas, SeptemberPaper Wasp take off from pond, s. TexasPipevine Swallowtail on Mexican Flame flowers, South Padre Island, TexasPipevine Swallowtail on Turk's Cap, south TexasQueen (Danaus gilippus) nectoring on sunflower, October, s. TexasQueen (Danaus gilippus) on Turk's Cap flower, s. TexasQueen at sunrise, south TexasQueen butterfly nectaring on Mexican Flame flowers.Queen feeding at skeleton weed flower, south TexasQueen roosting on Turk's Cap before sunrise, s. Texas butterfly gardenQueen roosting on Turk's Cap before sunrise, s. Texas butterfly gardenQueen sunning on a cattail leafA solitary Queen (Danaus gilippus) feeding at yellow composite flowers, North American Butterfly Association butterfly gardens near Mission, Texas.Queen (Danaus gilippus) nectoring on Skeletonweed Daisy flowers, s. Texas, OctoberRed Cracker butterfly (Hamadryas amphinome) on dung, Tamaulipas, MexicoRed-bordered Pixie butterfly on leaf, s. TexasRed-bordered Pixie on _____ flower at Quinta Mazatlan WBC, McAllen, TexasRed-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe) on white brush, NABA Butterfly Park, Mission, TexasRed-bordered Pixie butterfly (Melanis pixie) sunning on Turk's Cap leaf, McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas, JulySilver Emperor, Tamaulipas, MexicoSouthern Dogface (butterfly), south Texas, autumn, nectoringspider on web at full moon, Santa Clara Ranch in south Texas brush, USA, autumnBlack Swallowtail (Papilie polyxenes) female nectoring on flower, autum, central TexasTarantula, s. Texas, hanging from limb as it prepared to drop into thick coverTelea Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon telea) on mist flower, Falcon State Park, TexasTheona Checkerspot on mist flowerTheona Checkerspot (butterflies) nectoring on Cowpen Daisy flowers, south Texas, autumntrue Bug (order Hemiptera) sunning on daisy, October, s. Texastrue Bug (order Hemiptera) sunning on daisy, October, s. TexasTurk's-Cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira) sunning on Turk's Cap plant, s. TexasTwo-barred Flasher on white brush blooms at Falcon State Park butterfly gardenWhite Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) on mist flower, s. Texas, Novemberwhite-lined sphinx moth at thistle flowerWhite-peacock butterflyWidow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa), male, June, OklahomaZebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) hovering by Passion Vine, s. Texas; November, photographed in flightA Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) nectaring on the blooms of a lantana at the North American Butterfly Association butterfly garden south of Mission. Its 4"+ wingspan makes it among the largest of south Texas butterflies.Zebra Heliconian nectaring (feeding on the nectar of) on lantana flowers at the NABA butterfly garden. On the wing, this large butterfly's slow, eratic flight gives the appearance of a "butterfly on a string".