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..
Sulphurs Subfamily Coliadinae
Harvesters Subfamily Miletinae
Hairstreaks Subfamily Theclinae
Blues Subfamily Polyommatinae
Snouts Subfamily Libytheinae
Heliconians and Fritillaries Subfamily Heliconiinae
True Brush-Foots Subfamily Nymphalinae
Admirals and Relatives Subfamily Limenitidinae
Leafwings Subfamily Charaxinae
Emperors Subfamily Apaturinae
Satyrs Subfamily Satyrinae
Monarchs Subfamily Danainae
Spread-Wing Skippers Subfamily Pyrginae
Grass Skippers Subfamily Hesperiinae
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
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
Too bad I didn't have a camera to capture this spectacular species."
Caterpillar Food Plants for Central Texas - pdf file
Butterflies of Clymer Meadow - a tall grass prairie about 35 miles ne of Spring Creek.
Mothman's Silk Moth Page (Saturniidae)
Spring Monarch Migration (1997-2001) Journey North
Texas Monarch Watch - calendar
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.
can help maintain butterfly habitats by recognizing these milkweeds, and
then not mowing the field varieties that grow wild.
Note: Milkweeds cannot be harvested at Spring Creek since this is a Preserve.
Photos (Jack Hill)
Left: Green Milkweed
Right: Monarch caterpillar
Wand or Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) - on a remnant prairie near Rowlett Creek 6/22/03