Pollinators are an important part of the eco-systems which include native plants, and have evolved with their plant hosts, so their lives are inextricably intertwined. For instance, the Monarch Butterfly depends upon the Milkweeds throughout its life cycle. Thus this documentation of some of the butterflies (and moths) observed in our field trips and gardens.
For a verified list of butterfly and moth sightings in Williamson County, check out the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website. The Travis County search will provide more instances off verified sightings and might be useful for identifying butterflies that have not been previously reported for Williamson County.
For information about Butterfly Gardening Basics, explore the Austin Butterfly Forum website. There you will find native plant lists for
- Larval (Caterpillar) host plants for Central Texas and
- Adult (Butterfly) nectar plants for Central Texas.
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