Butterflies and Moths

Subfamily Papilioninae

Subfamily Pierinae

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

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.


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.

Left:    Green Milkweed

Right:  Monarch caterpillar

Texas Milkweed Photos