Butterflies and Moths


Thanks for Dale Clark for correcting some of our species identifications, Ben Cox for macrophotos of resident butterflies, and Lucie Bruce for the Zabulon & Clouded Skipper photos..


Subfamily Papilioninae
Subfamily Pierinae
Subfamily Coliadinae
Subfamily Miletinae
Subfamily Theclinae
Subfamily Polyommatinae
Subfamily Libytheinae
Heliconians and Fritillaries  
Subfamily Heliconiinae
True Brush-Foots
Subfamily Nymphalinae
Admirals and Relatives  
Subfamily Limenitidinae
Subfamily Charaxinae
Subfamily Apaturinae
Subfamily Satyrinae
Subfamily Danainae
Spread-Wing Skippers
Subfamily Pyrginae
Grass Skippers  
Subfamily Hesperiinae

68 species


Above taxonomic listing is the one used by the Dallas Lepidopterist's Society to allow users

to compare species lists.




There are numerous small species which we cannot identify
Saturniid moth cocoon found
Hummingbird Moth, Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)-photo and description

White-lined Sphinx (White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata [Fabricius])-photo and description

Grapevine Epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)- photo

Sad Underwing (Catocala maestosa)

White-tipped Black (Melanchroia chephise)

Disparate Forester (Androloma disparata) Bob Woodruff Park 9/07 DH

Luna Moth - Derek reports "I've only seen one Luna Moth ever in Dallas Co.  This was several years ago
    at Rowlett Creek Preserve (Spring Creek is a tributary to Rowlett Creek) over in Garland. 

Too bad I didn't have a camera to capture this spectacular species."




Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society 


A Selection of Texas Diurnal Moths


North American Butterfly Association 


Butterflies of Clymer Meadow - a tall grass prairie about 35 miles ne of Spring Creek.


Butterflies of North America


NABA Butterfly Count


Monarch Links


Spring Monarch Migration (1997-2001) Journey North


Texas Monarch Watch - calendar


Green Milkweed

Here are two photos of "Asclepias viridis" or GREEN MILKWEED. This is what grows in most of Texas, next to the highways and in open fields. It is deep rhizome shoots that come up with the spring rains, as well as from seeds. As long as there is water, this milkweed is prevalent. It can be harvested, washed, sterilized and frozen in ziplock bags. Freezing viridis milkweed works better than freezing tropical milkweed.

You can help maintain butterfly habitats by recognizing these milkweeds, and then not mowing the field varieties that grow wild.
Linda Rogers.

Note: Milkweeds cannot be harvested at Spring Creek since this is a Preserve.

Photos (Jack Hill)

 Left:    Green Milkweed

 Right:  Monarch caterpillar

Texas Milkweed Photos

Wand or Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) - on a remnant prairie near Rowlett Creek 6/22/03