If you love watching butterflies, Brazos Bend State Park in Texas is a must-see for you. This 5,000 acre park on the Upper Texas Coast, bordered by the Brazos River, is teeming with species of butterflies for you to enjoy. You will find butterflies on river banks, on prairies, fluttering over the flood plains or basking in the sunshine in the open forests of Brazos Bend State Park. Looking for Tropical Checkered-Skippers, American Painted Ladies, Goatweed Leafwings or Gemmed Satyrs? You will find all these butterflies and more at the Brazos Bend State Park. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the butterflies at this Texas park, see below.
Pipevine Swallowtail. This large butterfly is hard to miss, with a wingspan that can be up to five inches wide. Look for these butterflies in the open forests of the Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, where you will recognize them from their shiny blue bodies and the white spots on their brown wings. This butterfly also has orange markings on its hind wings.
Spicebush Swallowtail. Look for the shiny blue or green wings on the black body of this butterfly, which can have a wingspan of up to four inches. Its hind wings have a row of white spots on top and orange and blue markings on the underside. You will see these large butterflies fluttering in the forests of the Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, often by the rivers and lakes.
Checkered White. You won’t be able to miss the bright white wings of this lovely butterfly as it flies quickly (and erratically) through the fields of the Brazos Bend State Park in Texas. The top half of their wings are sprinkled with black spots, and you will also sometimes see dark green veins on the underside. This butterfly can have a wingspan of up to 2 ½ inches.
Gray Hairstreak. This tiny butterfly is very beautiful, with soft gray wings and bright red eyespots at their tip. They also have small tails on their wings. Look for these butterflies in open areas of the woods at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, as well as in the fields and meadows.
Carolina Satyr. Look for this very small butterfly in the forests and open woodlands of the Brazos Bend State Park in Texas. It has brown wings with no markings on top, although the undersides of its wings have eyespots ringed in gold. These butterflies like to relax on piles of leaves.
Viceroy. An orange and black butterfly that looks similar to the Monarch butterfly, look for the black lines across the Viceroy’s hind wings to tell the difference between the two. This butterfly can have a wingspan of up to almost four inches. Look for it near the lakes and swamps of the Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, although it can also be found in meadows and fields.
Pearl Crescent. As its name implies, you will recognize this small butterfly from the pearl crescent shape, outlined in black, on the underside of its hind wings. The male also has orange antennae. No bigger than 1 ½ inches, this butterfly can be seen in the open areas of the woods at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, as well as in its fields and grassy areas.