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NEW - Free (PDF) Printable NABASoTx Butterfly Field Checklist for the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Compiled by Gil Quintanilla and Dave Hanson


Counts / Articles / Field Guides /Photographic Lists / Locations Video / Links

Rio Grande Valley Butterfly Trail Google Map compiled by Mike Quinn

NABA Butterfly Counts



South Texas Newsletters and Butterfly Articles



Butterfly Watching Sites

  • National Butterfly Center
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley World Birding Center
  • Santa Ana NWR
  • More Lower Rio Grande Valley Hotspots
  • Google Map to Lower Rio Grande Valley Butterfly Trail
    (Download directly to your GPS)
  • To review and report recent sightings in the Rio Grande Valley, please check the following links
    NABA Sightings sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association
    Butterfly Digest
    for Tx-Butterfly Listserver

Books and Field Guides

BOST CD Front Cover

An excellent photographic reference collection(on CD) of the Butterflies of South Texas by Dave Hanson. Includes over 200 species and a free field checklist. A large sampling of Dave's photographs can be seen in the NABASoTx website. To Purchase e-mail:  K9ZVZ@Juno.Com  and/or
Cyber-Tex Imaging
1427 Evergreen Ave. Mission, TX 78572

$5.00 from the sale of each CD will be donated to the National Butterfly Center which is dedicated to the conservation and study of wild butterflies.

Dave Hanson

Dave Hanson is a retired educator living in Mission, TX.  His combined love for both nature and photography has been a driving force in his life for almost all of his life.  Dave has a Master's Degree in Audio-Visual Communications and has been an avid birder for over 55 years.  In 2001 he became interested in butterflies and since then has taken nearly 15,000 digital photos of over 200 species in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  Dave is a member of NABA and also supports most of the other nature venues in the Valley through membership and volunteer work.  His other interests include Ham Radio, R/C flying, and Astronomy. 

Butterflies of North America

Field Guide to Butterflies of North America

An essential field guide for South Texas by Jim Brock and Kenn Kaufman. Includes more than 2,300 images of butterflies, pictorial table of contents, and range maps showing where each species is common or rare.

Caterpillars in the Field and Garden

Caterpillars in the Field and Garden

A field guide to the butterfly caterpillars of North America by Thomas J. Allen, Jim P. Brock, and Jeffrey Glassberg. . The first and only comprehensive guide that contains all the information necessary to find and identify these marvelous creatures. Gardeners will learn how to distinguish between the caterpillar that may one day become a beautiful butterfly and the moth larvae that will destroy garden plants. Learn about butterfly biology, butterfly gardening, and view color range maps which show where each species occurs.

Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley

Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley

This regional guide by Roland H. Wauer is for everyone. Contains a quick index at the back of the book, a separate index for common and scientific names, color coding of families, and the name of each butterfly beside the page number making finding species easy. Covers nearly 300 species that have been recorded in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas including over half of them "specialties" that do not normally occur elsewhere in the U.S.


Butterflies through Binoculars The West

Butterflies through Binoculars The West

A field guide to the butterflies of Western North America by Jeffrey Glassberg. Combines over 1,000 excellent photographs of living butterflies in their natural settings with the traditional field guide format. Shows how to identify and locate all the butterflies found in the western United States (including Hawaii) and southeastern Canada. Offers advice on photography and binoculars. Emphasizes conservation over collection and includes range maps, advice on foodplants, gardening, and flight times.

Butterflies of North America

Butterflies of North America

Enter the Magical World of Butterflies with Jeffrey Glassberg, President of the North American Butterfly Association and the driving force behind the current revolution in butterfly watching. On the pages of this lavishly illustrated user-friendly guide, Dr. Glassberg provides invaluable information for nature lovers. Learn how to:

  • Observe and identify almost any North American butterfly

  • Shop for and use the new breed of close-range binoculars

  • Create a butterfly-friendly garden

  • Participate in the ongoing efforts to protect these fascinating creatures and the environments they inhabit


Visit the Butterfly Park in Mission, Texas or NABA's online store and buy your books and more....

(Tell 'em NABASoTx sent you)

NABA ButterflyBuzz online Store



Richard Moore Video of Historical National Butterfly Center/Bentsen State Park Butterfly Count




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