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2017 Photo Contest Winners

The winners of the texas Butterfly Festival Photo Contest were announced last night. You can see the winners here.


The Best Butterflying in America!

NBC MapJoin us, Saturday, November 3 – Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the 23rd Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, and see for yourself why USA Today calls Mission, Texas, “the butterfly capital of the USA.”

Renowned for a volume and variety of wild, free-flying butterflies that cannot be found anywhere else in the country, deep south Texas is home to the country's premier butterfly event, featuring:

  • Field Trips & Educational Activities for Beginners – Experts
  • Private Gardens and Guided 'Hot Spot' Tours
  • The North American Butterfly Photo Contest.
  • And FREE Community Day fun for the whole family!

The National Butterfly Center is honored to host the 23rd Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, and provide attendees a remarkable and rewarding outdoor experience. From November 3-6, 2018, registrants will spend 3 days exploring renowned public lands and private properties with world-class trip leaders, when you may reasonably expect to see more than 60 species in a day.

Last year, attendees from 23 states and 4 countries registered to experience one of the most biologically-diverse areas in North America, with the assistance of expert guides. Come see for yourself why the Rio Grande Valley has earned worldwide recognition for its outstanding butterfly and birding spots, inviting thousands of visitors each year to discover its remarkable assortment of preserves, refuges, nature parks, trails, and more.

Whether you are an accomplished naturalist or a beginner enthusiast, the Texas Butterfly Festival is the place to be! Here, many eyes make for exciting discoveries, including U.S. records, super rarities, subtropical strays, seldom-seen species, 'life' and chase butterflies that may only be found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), where the river winds its way toward the Laguna Madre at the Gulf of Mexico. This unique region encompasses no fewer than 11 different types of habitat, from tidal wetlands to riparian forest, brushland scrub to prairie savanna, and is home to more than 1,200 different species of plants, 500 species of birds, 200 vertebrate species, roughly 300 species of butterflies, and over 90 species of dragonflies!

To learn more about the one and only Texas Butterfly Festival, where to stay, what to do, and how to participate, simply explore this site!  

  • 230 plus

    Butterflies found at the
    National Butterfly Center
  • 270 plus

    Birds found at the
    National Butterfly Center
  • 80 plus

    Birds found at the
    National Butterfly Center
    during the 2017 Big Sit

National Butterfly Center Facts

Did you know nearly 150 species of North American butterflies can be seen only in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas, or by traveling to Mexico? In fact, more than 300 species of butterflies may be found in the LRGV, and more than 200 species have been seen at the National Butterfly Center, including a number of rarities and U.S. Records! 


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Record sightings and "chase butterflies" from recent TBFs:

 trip firsts

What will appear this year?!