Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Regional Butterfly and Moth Information

Top 20 Commonly Reported Butterflies and Moths of Texas

These are the most commonly reported butterflies and moths in Texas. If you do not see the species you found, look at all photographs submitted in Texas, or visit the Texas page to see recently submitted sightings.

Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae

Gray Hairstreak
Strymon melinus

Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor

Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus

Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Orange Sulphur
Colias eurytheme

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

Sleepy Orange
Abaeis nicippe

Dainty Sulphur
Nathalis iole

American Snout
Libytheana carinenta

Little Yellow
Pyrisitia lisa

Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos

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Identifying Caterpillars

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Surprisingly, most of the larval stages of butterflies and moths are simply unknown, and caterpillar photographs can be very difficult to identify. It may take some time for a coordinator to identify your caterpillar.

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