Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

 

Tawny Emperor

 

Tawny Emperor

 

Gulf Frittillary

Gulf Fritillary

 

Buckeye

Buckeye

 

Common Butterflies Seen in Yards and Gardens in the Greater Houston Texas Area

Just starting to observe butterflies? The butterflies listed below are ones that are likely to be seen in gardens throughout the greater Houston area.

In the table below, the numbers in "Flight Period" and "Caterpillar Season" correspond to the month (4 = April, 5 = May, etc.), with < meaning earlier in the month, m the middle of the month, and > late in the month.


Expected Frequency of Sighting
Name
Flight Period
Caterpillar Season
Native Caterpillar Food Plants
1
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
4 - 11
4 - 10
2
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
3 - 11
3 - 10
2
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
4 - 11
4 - 10
1
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
2 - 11
3 - 10
1 Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)    

Goatweed (Croton capitatis)

in addition to many other plants

3
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
4-11
3-10
1
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
3-11
3-10
occasional, not every year Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)    
occasional, not every year Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)    
2 Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
3-11
3-10
2
Common Buckeye
3-10
3-10
2
Goat Leafwing (Anaea andria)
3-11
3-10
3
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
3-11
3-10
2
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
3-10
3-10
 
Queen (Danaus gilippus)