South Texas Americas Butterfly Capital

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South Texas Americas Butterfly Capital

  1. 1. South Texas, America’s Butterfly Capital Introduction to the Butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley by Gil Quintanilla
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Binoculars </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Finding and Identifying Valley Butterflies </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Families </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presentation Purpose <ul><li>How to find and identify butterflies in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas </li></ul>
  4. 4. History <ul><li>Throughout history butterflies have been associated with : </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Human Soul </li></ul><ul><li>Ancient Warrior </li></ul>
  5. 5. Butterflying Perks <ul><li>Your involvement with butterflies can improve your well being: </li></ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Mental </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual </li></ul>
  6. 6. Binoculars <ul><li>Binoculars greatly increase one’s ability to see: </li></ul><ul><li>Larger Image </li></ul><ul><li>Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Sheens </li></ul><ul><li>Intricate patterns </li></ul>
  7. 7. Biology - Structure <ul><li>Antennae </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Forewing </li></ul><ul><li>Hindwing </li></ul><ul><li>Tails </li></ul><ul><li>Abdomen </li></ul><ul><li>Thorax </li></ul>
  8. 8. Biology - Life Cycle LARVA ADULT EGG PUPA
  9. 9. Finding Valley Butterflies <ul><li>Backyard </li></ul><ul><li>NABA Butterfly Park & World Birding Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Concentrators: </li></ul><ul><li>Flowers </li></ul><ul><li>Hilltops </li></ul><ul><li>Mud puddles </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to Identify Butterflies <ul><li>Is it a Butterfly or Moth? </li></ul><ul><li>Size, Shape and Color </li></ul><ul><li>Give it a Family Name </li></ul><ul><li>Swallowtails </li></ul><ul><li>Whites and Yellows </li></ul><ul><li>Gossamer-wings </li></ul><ul><li>Metalmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Brushfoots </li></ul><ul><li>Skippers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Moth or Butterfly
  12. 12. Monarch vs. Queen
  13. 13. Swallowtails Family
  14. 14. Giant Swallowtail
  15. 15. Ornythion Swallowtail
  16. 16. Pipevine Swallowtail
  17. 17. Black Swallowtail
  18. 18. Black Swallowtail
  19. 19. Whites and Yellows Family
  20. 20. Florida and Great Southern Whites
  21. 21. Giant White
  22. 22. Orange Sulphur
  23. 23. Large Orange & Scarlet Musk Flower
  24. 24. Southern Dogface
  25. 25. White Angled-Sulphur & Texas Wild Olive
  26. 26. Gossamer-wings Family (Hairstreaks and Blues)
  27. 27. Gray Hairstreak
  28. 28. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  29. 29. Great Purple Hairstreak
  30. 30. Dusky-blue Groundstreak
  31. 31. Ceraunus Blue (underside)
  32. 32. Ceraunus Blue (topside)
  33. 33. Metalmarks Family
  34. 34. Red-bordered Pixie
  35. 35. Fatal Metalmark
  36. 36. Red-bordered Metalmark
  37. 37. Rounded Metalmark
  38. 38. Blue Metalmark
  39. 39. Brushfoots Family
  40. 40. Thick-tipped Greta (Rare Stray from Mexico) 1 st U.S. Record - Greta Morgane
  41. 41. Malachite
  42. 42. Mexican Bluewing & Anacua Berries
  43. 43. Mexican Bluewing & Vasey Adelia
  44. 44. Theona Checkerspot
  45. 45. Queens Roosting on Granjeno
  46. 46. Queen and her Soldier BRUSHFOOTS BRUSHFOOTS
  47. 47. White Peacock
  48. 48. Zebra Heliconian, Violet-banded Skipper at Mexican Trixis
  49. 49. Skippers Family <ul><li>Spreadwing Skippers </li></ul><ul><li>Grass Skipper </li></ul>
  50. 50. Guava Skipper
  51. 51. Mournful Duskywing
  52. 52. Emerald Aguna
  53. 53. Fiery Skipper
  54. 54. Whirlabout
  55. 55. Sachem
  56. 56. Common Mellana
  57. 57. Southern Skipperling
  58. 58. Other Butterflies
  59. 59. Checkered White
  60. 60. Bordered Patch
  61. 61. Lyside Sulphur
  62. 62. Reakirt’s Blue
  63. 63. Recap 6 Butterfly Families <ul><li>Swallowtails </li></ul><ul><li>Whites and Yellows </li></ul><ul><li>Gossamer-wings </li></ul><ul><li>Metalmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Brushfoots </li></ul><ul><li>Skippers </li></ul>
  64. 64. Stop and See the Butterflies
  65. 65. Visit and Explore <ul><li>Gil Quintanilla Nature Photography </li></ul><ul><li>www.gilquintanilla.net </li></ul>

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