The Rio Grande Valley is home to the best butterflying and birding in America.

Plan to spend the first week of November, right here, for the

Texas Butterfly Festival and the RGV Birding Festival.

Winner of the 2015 North American Butterfly Contest, Jim Burns.

Runner up of the 2015 North American Butterfly Contest, Bart Jones

In case you missed the Texas Butterfly Festival, here's what people are saying about the best butterflying event in the country!

Winter Texan Times article:

Texas Butterfly Festival a soaring success

Much like the iconic Monarch that migrates from as far as Canada to its winter home in central Mexico, 134 butterfly enthusiasts from 27 different states and four countries flocked to the National Butterfly Center in Mission this week for the 20th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival.

Dan Jones' Blog on Scouting for the TBF:

Resaca de la Palma State Park, 10/28/15

This morning I ran over to Resaca de la Palma State Park north of Brownsville to do some more scouting for a trip I'm leading for the Texas Butterfly Festival. I didn't get all the specialties for the site but it was a good day. Everyone seems to be seeing Evan's Skippers this fall and I finally got one that Jim Snyder found.

Chris Tenney's Big Butterfly Year:

Festival Week

Private ranches in s. Texas can harbor great butterfly habitat. On one such ranch, Mike and Ginny Rickard and I explored a dense maze-like garden rich with the promise of new species . . like the Blue-eyed sailor, roosting next to a large cactus, which flew off before I could extract my camera.

Post Festival Week

When the call came in for the Emerald aguna at NABA, I was reminded about Bob Pyle’s prophesy in a recent email that I would be “getting help from all those eyes” at the festival. It’s now post-festival, and “all those eyes” are still here, many festival-goers staying to explore parks, gardens, and refuges for fall rarities.




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Wind: 8 mph



Contact Info

Texas Butterfly Festival
3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Mission, TX 78572

GPS Coordinates
26.180243 -98.364973

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