Picking a favorite butterfly is a little like picking a favorite child. I love them all. Brown butterflies with subtle markings can invoke those feelings of awe as much as the most beautiful any of them. But if there is a butterfly that epitomizes the special nature of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) area it is the blue metalmark. This is a very rare small butterfly that will take your breath away.
Here is where you find it.
We arrived at the park at about noon and ate our lunches. About five males were drinking nectar and displaying in the butterfly garden. No females were seen at that time.
This is what the males look like. The blue color is very reflective, and changes hue with different angles. The butterflies can be seen from quite a distance, even when far enough away to not make out the features.
A little while later a female was located. They are quite beautiful as well, although they lack the brilliant blue of the male dorsally.
These are small but absolutely stunning butterflies.
There were a few of these white peacock butterflies as well. They are quite a bit larger than the blue metalmarks.
By this time I had spent several hours in the hot Texas sun. The nature center had a bench in a shaded area near the entry way. There was a small child sized chair next to the bench. As I was cooling off, I noticed a quite large walking stick on the child’s chair.
Here is a close-up of the eye of the walking stick.