Texas Highways, Volume 51 Number 10, October 2004 Page: 47
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URROUNDED by hundreds of
butterflies dancing from blue
mistflowers to Mexican milk-
weed, we are standing in the
strong October sun just a few miles north
of the Rio Grande, when a large orange-
and-black Queen butterfly lands on the
sleeve of my companion. Millions of but-
terflies, like low-flying confetti, welcome
visitors to the Texas Butterfly Festival in
Mission. Now the hotspot for butterfly-
ing in Texas, Mission celebrates its
stature October 14-17 with the 9th An-
nual Texas Butterfly Festival-four days
of field trips, seminars, and children's
programs, plus a parade and a butterfly
bazaar. The Texas Butterfly Festival at-
tracts visitors and butterfly experts to a
city dotted with public and private but-
terfly gardens, including the new North
American Butterfly Association (NABA)
International Butterfly Park.
Mission is the place to get on a first-
name basis with butterflies, and those
names are weird and wonderful: Painted
Lady, Southern Dogface, Fatal Metal-
mark, Red Admiral, Tawny Emperor,
Dingy Purplewing, Crimson Patch. If,
Wing it to the 9th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival
in the Lower Rio Grande Valley October 14-17.
Above, a male Ceraunus Blue butterfly displays
its gorgeous wings. Left, a field of mistflower
attracts butterflies galore.
BY EILEEN MATTER
BY LARRY DITTO
October 2004 TEXAS HIGHWAYS 47
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