Butterflies and Moths of Padre Island National Seashore

A queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) feeds on a Padre Island mistflower (Conoclinium betonicifolium). This plant is a major nectar source for many pollinators on Padre Island.
A queen butterfly feeds on a Padre Island mistflower. This plant is a major nectar source for many pollinators on Padre Island.

Photo courtesy of Marian McNabb


The butterfly checklist below is current as of May 30, 2003 with 3 newly discovered species listed as numbers 40-42. Several species have been identified as new county records for Kleberg and Kenedy counties. Except as noted, each of the following butterfly species has been field identified and the park’s Resource Management division has a male and female of each species in its collection. Because field identification is sometimes difficult, a second source is verifying the identity of each species. Once the park’s butterfly study has been completed, a digital field guide of Padre Island butterflies will be available to the public. Note that the name of the park’s most common Buckeye (J. evarete) has been changed from Mangrove Buckeye (genoveva) to Tropical Buckeye (evarete) due to recent corrections in the taxonomic literature.

1.Chioides albofasciatus–White-striped Longtail

2.Urbanus proteus- Common Longtail

3.Urbanus dorantes–Dorantes Longtail

4.Urbanus procne–Brown Longtail

5.Pholisora catullus–Common Sootywing

6. Erynnis horatius- Horaces Duskywing

7.Erynnis tristis tatius–Mournful Duskywing

8.Erynnis funeralis–Funereal Duskywing

9.Eantis tamemund–Sickle-winged Skipper

10.Pyrgus communis–Checkered Skipper

11.Heliopetes macaira–Turk's Cap White-skipper

12. Heliopetes laviana–Laviana White-skipper

13.Copaeodes minimus–Southern Skipperling

14.Panoquina panaquinoides- Obscure Skipper

15.Panoquina ocola- Ocola Skipper

16.Amblyscirtes celia- Celia's Roadside Skipper

17.Lerodea eufala- Eufala Skipper

18.Lerema accias–Clouded Skipper

19.Hylephila phyleus- Fiery Skipper

20.Polites vibex praeceps–South Texas Whirlabout

21.Wallengrenia otho clavus- Tropical Broken Dash

22.Battus philenor- Pipevine Swallowtail

23.Papilio polyxenes–Black Swallowtail

24. Heraclides cresphontes- Giant Swallowtail

25. Kricogonia lyside–Lyside Sulphur

26.Nathalis iole- Dainty Sulfur

27.Abaeis nicippe–Sleepy Orange

28. Pyrisitia lisa centralis–Little Yellow

29.Colias eurytheme- Orange Sulfur

30.Zerene cesonia- Southern Dogface

31.Phoebis sennae–Cloudless Sulfur

32.Phoebis sennae marcellina(winter form) Marcellina Cloudless

33. Phoebis agarithe- Large Orange Sulfur

34.Pontia protodice- Checkered White

35.Ascia monuste- Great Southern White

36.Ministrymon clytie–Clytie Ministreak

37.Calycopis isobeon–Dusky Blue Groundstreak

38.Strymon melinus–Gray Hairstreak

39.Strymon rufofusca–Red Crescent Scrub Hairstreak

40.Strymon istapa- Istapa Hairstreak

41. Leptotes cassius- Cassius Blue

42.Leptotes marina- Marine Blue

43.Brephidium exilis–W. Pygmy Blue

44.Hemiargus ceraunus astenidas–Ceraunus Blue

45.Echinargus isola- Reakirts Blue

46.Libytheana carinenta larvata–Texas Snout

47.Libytheana carinenta mexicana–Mexican Snout

48. Danaus plexippus- Monarch

49. Danaus eresimus montezuma–Soldier

50.Danaus gilippus- Queen

51.Agraulis vanillae incarnata–Western Gulf Fritillary

52. Euptoitea claudia- Variegated Fritillary

53.Mestra amymone–Common Mestra

54.Vanessa virginiensis- American Lady

55.Vanessa cardui- Painted Lady

56.Anartia jatrophae luteipicta–White Peacock

57.Junonia evarete–Tropical Buckeye

58.Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa–Dark Tropical Buckeye

59.Junonia genoveva–Mangrove Buckeye

60.Junonia coenia–Common Buckeye

61.Chlosyne lacinia ajutrix–Bordered Patch

62.Phyciodes phaon- Phaon Crescent

63.Phyciodes tharos- Pearl Crescent

64.Anaea aidea–Tropical Leafwing

Source: C. Sassine –Division of Science and Resources Management


1. Datana diffidens

2. Ascalapha odorata–Black Witch

3. Thysania zenobia–Owl Moth

4. Sphingicampa heiligbrodti–Honey Mesquite Moth

5. Hyles lineata–White-lined Sphinx

6. Manduca quinquemaculata–Five-spotted Hawkmoth

7. Manduca sexta–Carolina Sphinx

8. Eumorpha fasciatus–Banded Sphinx Moth

9. Xylophanes tersa–Tersa Sphinx Moth

10. Errinyis ello–Ello Sphinx

11. Agrias cingulata–Pink-spotted Hawkmoth

12. Aellopos clavipes–Clavipes Sphinx

13. Estigmene acrea–Salt Marsh Moth

14. Melanchroia chephise–White-tipped Black Moth

15. Prionoxystus robiniae–Carpenter Moth

16. Utetheisa ornatrix–Bella Moth

17. Horama panthalon–Texas Wasp Moth

Source: C. Sassine –Division of Science and Resources Management

For more information on butterflies and moths in south Texas, please follow either of the two links below:

University of Texas

Butterflies and Moths.org

Last updated: September 21, 2016

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