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Butterflies of Lubbock County, Texas
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Below is a list complied from various websites.  I can't attest to the accuracy.  Click on the common name to view pictures and/or see additional information. 
I'll look of these in my butterfly garden and post pictures.
 

SWALLOWTAILS  (Family Papilionidae): The swallowtails are perhaps most familiar butterfly family, and have the largest members. These easy to recognize butterflies usually have "tails" on their hind wings.  Some 20 species of swallowtails have been recorded in Texas

             Subfamily Papilioninae
  Giant Swallowtail  -- Papilio cresphontes
  Pipevine Swallowtail  -- Papilio polyxenes
  Ruby-spotted Swallowtail  -- Papilio anchisiades
  Two-tailed Swallowtail  -- Papilio multicaudata
  Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus

Metalmarks (Family Riodinidae)  The Riodinidae are members of the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies.  Adults usually perch with their wings spread open or cocked slightly.

  Metalmarks  Subfamily Riodinidae
 

Fatal Metalmark

 -- Calephelis nemesisl

Sphinx (Family Spingoidea) They belong to the Superfamily Sphingoidea. Members are commonly called "hummingbird," "sphinx," or "hawk" moths, and some can be mistaken for hummingbirds. Most are medium to large moths, with heavy bodies; wingspread reaches 5 inches or more in some species. The Sphingidae are strong and fast fliers, with a rapid wingbeat. Most species in the group are active at dusk, and most feed much like hummingbirds, hovering in front of a flower and sipping nectar through the extended proboscis.

 

Sphinginae  Subfamily Macroglossinae

  White-lined sphinx  -- Hyles lineata
Erebidaes are members of the superfamily Noctuoidea. This family was formerly a subfamily of Noctuidae but it now includes several other former subfamilies of Noctuidae.
 

Erebidea  Subfamily Macroglossinae

  White-lined sphinx  -- Hyles lineata
 

Erebidea   Subfamily Arctiinae

  Arge Tiger Moth  -- Grammia arge
  Figured Tiger Moth  -- Grammia figurata               
  Grammia nevadensis Grammia nevadensis
  Erebidea  Subfamily Erebinae
  Black Witch  -- Ascalapha odorata
  Owl Moth  -- Thysania zenobia

WHITES & SULPHURS (Family Pieridae): These butterflies range in size from small to large.  Their two main subfamilies are Whites and Sulphurs.  There are approximately 50 Pierids recorded from Texas.
  Cabbage White  -- Pieris rapae
  Checkered White  -- Pontia protodice
  Olympia Marble  -- Euchloe olympia
              Sulphurs  Subfamily Coliadinae
  White Angled-Sulphur Anteos clorinde
  Clouded Skipper  -- Colias philodice
  Cloudless Sulphur  -- Phoebis sennae
  Dainty Sulphur  -- Nathalis iole
  Large Orange Sulphur  -- Phoebis agarithe
  Little Yellow  -- Pyrisitia lisa
  Lyside Sulphur  -- Kricogonia lyside
  Mexican Yellow  -- Eurema mexicana
  Orange Sulphur  -- Colias eurytheme
  Sleepy Orange  -- Eurema nicippe
  Southern Dogface  -- Zerene cesonia

GOSSAMER-WING BUTTERFLIES  (Family Lycaenidae):  These are small gray butterflies which usually perch with their wings closed. Some tend to form symbiotic relationships with ants. Approximately 67 Lycaenids have been sighted in Texas.
              Hairstreaks  Subfamily Theclinae
Dusky-Blue Groundstreak  -- Calycopis isobeon
Gray Hairstreak  -- Strymon melinus
Great Purple Hairstreak  -- Atlides halesus
Juniper Hairstreak  -- Callophrys [Mitoura] gryneus
Oak Hairstreak Satyrium favonius
              Blues  Subfamily Polyommatinae 
Eastern Tailed-Blue  -- Everes comyntas
Lupine Blue  -- Plebeius [Icaricia] lupini
Marine Blue  -- Leptotes marina
Melissa Blue  -- Lycaeides melissa
Reakirt's Blue  -- Hemiargus isola
Silvery Blue  -- Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Spring Azure  -- Celastrina ladon
Summer Azure  -- Celastrina neglecta
Western Pygmy-Blue  -- Brephidium exilis

BRUSH-FOOTED BUTTERFLIES  (Family Nymphalidae):  They are the most diverse butterfly family and in Texas. Brushfoots appear to have only two pair of legs.  But don't be fooled, their fore legs are very small. 109 Nymphalids are know to make Texas visits.
             Snouts  Subfamily Libytheinae
American Snout  -- Libytheana carinenta
             Heliconians & Fritillaries  Subfamily Heliconiinae
Gulf Fritillary  -- Agraulis vanillae
Variegated Fritillary  -- Euptoieta claudia
             True Brush-foots  Subfamily Nymphalinae
American Lady  -- Vanessa virginiensis
Bordered Patch  -- Chlosyne lacinia
Graphic Crescent

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Phyciodes graphica
Common Buckeye  -- Junonia coenia
Crimson Patch  -- Chlosyne janais
Dotted Checkerspot  -- Poladryas minuta
Fulvia Checkerspot  -- Thessalia fulvia
Gorgone Checkerspot  -- Chlosyne gorgone
Mourning Cloak  -- Nymphalis antiopa
Painted Crescent  -- Phyciodes picta
Painted Lady  -- Vanessa cardui
Pearl Crescent  -- Phyciodes tharos
Phaon Crescent  -- Phyciodes phaon
Question Mark  -- Polygonia interrogationis
Red Admiral  -- Vanessa atalanta
Rosita Patch  -- Chlosyne rosita
Texan Crescent  -- Anthanassa texana
Theona Checkerspot  -- Thessalia theona
Tropical Buckeye  -- Junonia genoveva
              Admirals & Relatives  Subfamily Limenitidinae
Arizona Sister Adelpha eulalia
California Sister  -- Adelpha bredowii

Common Mestra

 -- Mestra amymone
Viceroy  -- Limenitis archippus
              Leafwings  Subfamily Charaxinae
Goatweed Leafwing  -- Anaea andria
Tropical Leafwing  -- Anaea troglodyta, incl. Aidea
             Emperors  Subfamily Apaturinae
Hackberry (aka Alicia) Emperor  -- Asterocampa celtis
Tawny Emperor  -- Asterocampa clyton
             Satyrs  Subfamily Satyrinae
Common Wood-Nymph  -- Cercyonis pegala
Red Satyr  -- Megisto rubricata
             Monarchs Subfamily Danainae
Monarch  -- Danaus plexippus
Queen  -- Danaus gilippus

SKIPPERS  (Family Hesperiidae):  Skippers are usually small-medium sized brown butterflies. Some Skippers look like moths.  The difference is that Skippers have clubbed antennae. Reports indicated there are approximately 200 Skippers in Texas.
               Spread-wing Skippers  Subfamily Pyrginae
Common Checkered-Skipper  -- Pyrgus communis
Common Sootywing  -- Pholisora catullus
Common Streaky-Skipper  -- Celotes nessus
Funereal Duskywing  -- Erynnis funeralis
Mournful Duskywing  -- Erynnis tristis

Outis Skipper

Cogia outis
Saltbush Sootywing  -- Hesperopsis alpheus
Silver-spotted Skipper  -- Epargyreus clarus
Sleepy Duskywing  -- Erynnis brizo
           Grass Skippers  Subfamily Hesperiinae
Bronze Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes aenus
Delaware Skipper  -- Anatrytone logan=delaware
Double-Dotted Skipper  -- Amblyscirtes eos
Dun Skipper  -- Euphyes vestris=ruricola
Eufala Skipper  -- Lerodea eufala
Fiery Skipper  -- Hylephila phyleus
Green Skipper  -- Hesperia viridis
Least Skipper  -- Ancyloxypha numitor
Nysa Roadside-Skipper  -- Amblyscirtes nysa
Orange Skipperling  -- Copaeodes aurantiacia
Oslar's Roadside-Skipper  -- Amblyscirtes oslari
Sachem  -- Atalopedes campestris
Uncas Skipper  -- Hesperia uncas
           Giant-Skippers  Subfamily Megathyminae
Strecker's Giant-Skipper  -- Megathymus streckeri
Yucca Giant-Skipper  -- Megathymus yuccae

 

Plants for my Lubbock Butterfly Garden - This is a list of plants for Zone 7 that generally attract butterflies.  I'm in the process of compiling a list associated with specific butterflies, but that could take a while. 
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