Monday, June 4, 2012

Brown Longtail

Another south Rio Grand Valley destination for us was the National Butterfly Center. Of the parks we visited, the Center was perhaps our least favorite. It was small, relatively undeveloped, and expensive. We did encounter several butterflies, but no dragonflies. A cloudy, cool March day was probably not the optimum time for a visit. We saw more birds than butterflies.
We did see a few butterflies new for us. One of these Lepidopterans was this Brown Longtail. This skipper is common in south Texas and coastal Mexico south through most of South America. The species' survival in southern Texas depends on refuges such as the National Butterfly Center (Butterflies and Moths of North America).

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