The Texas Butterfly Festival is coming up in a week and that means it's time for visiting butterfly watchers. After few visitors last year because of the pandemic, it was great to see Barbara and Steve today. They showed up while I was doing some yard work. We made a few rounds of the yard and didn't see anything great. But here's a few pics anyway.
This Mexican Bluewing showed up very fresh a few days ago. I think it may have hatched in our brush patch. She seems to be looking for a husband.
We got four of the five expected long-tailed skippers, Dorantes Longtail, White-striped Longtail, Brown Longtail and Long-tailed Skipper. but getting Zilpa Longtail is always tough.
First Double-dotted Skipper I've seen in weeks. It's got a few extra dots.
Cloudless Sulphur on a Heliconia latispatha.
A striking Gulf Fritillary.
Western Giant Swallowtail caterpillar.
Less than thirty species today so there's still stuff that 's missing. Warm breezy weather should bring in a few more.