If you are looking for spots to observe butterflies, as well as just enjoy the beauty of nature, Los Ebanos Preserve in the Rio Grande Valley may be just the place for you. This Texas nature preserve offers an incredible variety of butterflies, some not found any further north of the Rio Grande Valley, for you to observe and enjoy. Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas has gardens, trails, and native plants that attract butterflies such as Blue Metalmarks, Giant Swallowtails, Mimosa Yellows and Dainty Sulphurs. For tips on observing and identifying just a few of the butterflies of the Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas, see below.
Checkered White. Look for the almost entirely white wings, spotted with brown on the upper wings, of this butterfly as it flutters erratically through the gardens of Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas. These butterflies love fields and grasses, and are attracted to Lantana and Hibiscus. Their wingspan is about two inches wide.
Great Southern White. These butterflies are easy to identify from the zig-zag pattern in black on their lovely gray wings. They tend to float about as they look for nectar flowers. Look for them along the lakeshores and in the gardens of the Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas.
Carolina Satyr. This is a small butterfly (with a wingspan of a little over an inch) with beautiful chestnut brown wings that have wingspots encircled with honey-colored rings. They have a joyful up-and-down flight pattern that you will observe in the open woodlands of the Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas. They can also be found in fields and gardens.
Orange-barred Sulphur. You will easily recognize this very large butterfly in the gardens of Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas. It can have a wingspan of up to four inches, and it has lovely yellow wings with dark orange spots on the upper wings. Also look for a curving orange band across its lower wings. This butterfly has a very powerful gliding flight pattern.
Giant Swallowtail. As its name implies, this is one giant butterfly, with a wingspan that can be up to six inches. Look for the rows of yellow spots on its upper wings, and the blue spots on its lower wings. This butterfly can be found in both the fields and wooded areas of Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas. It is one of the largest butterflies in North America.
Gray Hairstreak. This little butterfly is easy to identify from the bright red eyespots on the tips of its soft gray wings. You will find this butterfly in the gardens of Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas, where its favorite flowers include Hibiscus, Mallow, and Hollyhock. These butterflies can also be found in meadows and open areas.
Gulf Fritillary. This butterfly can be mistaken for a Monarch, but you can tell the difference by looking for the large gray patches on the underside of its wings. These butterflies love the gardens at Los Ebanos Preserve in Texas, and can also be found in the open woodlands. They have long wings that help them float lazily through the air. Look for this butterfly fluttering about Zinnias, Salvia, Lantana and Hibiscus.