Butterflies range in size from the 1/2″ tiny Western Pygmy Blue to the nearly 12″ from wingtip to wingtip Alexandra’s Birdwing.
Bringing delight to millions of hearts, butterflies serve the useful purpose of pollinating plants.
In addition to being pollinators, butterflies are an important part of the food chain. Many animals eat butterfly eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies. Butterfly enthusiasts prefer all butterfly eggs to become adult butterflies. The problem is that if all eggs lived to become adult butterflies, butterflies would soon become extinct. Land development, modern farming techniques, and pesticide use has lowered the number of butterflies in nature.
To view pages that explain how to tell difference between some similar species, click on the links below.
Information about the life cycles of many butterflies, with photo illustrations, are linked below.
American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis
Atala – Eumaeus atala
Barred Yellow – Eurema daira
Black Swallowtail (Eastern Black Swallowtail) – Papilio polyxenes
* Blue Morpho
Brazilian Skipper – Calpodes ethlius
Buckeye – Junonia coenia
Cassius Blue – Leptotes cassius
Ceraunus Blue – Hemiargus ceraunus
Checkered White – Pontia protodice
Cofaqui Gaint Skipper – Megathymus cofaqui
Giant Swallowtail – Papilio cresphontes
Goatweed Leafwing – Anaea andria>
Gold Rim Swallowtail (Polydamas Swallowtail) – Battus polydamas
Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus
Great Purple Hairstreak – Atlides halesus
Great Southern White – Ascia monuste
Gulf Fritillary – Agraulis vanillae
Julia – Dryas iulia
Queen Butterfly - Danaus gilippus
Red Banded Hairstreak
* Rice Paper Butterfly (Paper Kite) (Large Tree Nymph)
Seminole Texas Crescent
Silver Spotted Skipper
Tiger Swallowtail (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)
White M Hairstreak
Zebra Longwing (Zebra Heliconian)