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May 11, 2024

While flood waters are restricting access to some parts of the refuge, the area around the Visitor Center is welcoming. The Butterfly Garden Walk on Saturday was full of beautiful blooms and bugs. The docents counted 22 species of butterflies, with some special finds. Mourning Cloaks were seen for the first time ever in the garden. Many Emperors, Buckeyes, and Fritillaries were nectaring on the Common Milkweed flowers. Great Purple Hairstreaks and Soapberry Hairstreaks made their first appearance of the season. Queens and Monarchs flew through and at least one was seen leaving an egg on a Milkweed leaf. Photos are American Lady, Monarch, Mourning Cloak, and Soapberry Hairstreak. The next Butterfly Garden Walk is planned for May 25, 2024. More information about Butterfly Garden Walks.

Thank you, Laurie Sheppard, for the photos on this page.

Butterfly Viewing Guide

The Butterflies of Hagerman NWR and Grayson County   Of the 96 species ever seen in the county, 93 have been found on the refuge.

Introduction to Butterfly Watching

Beyond the Butterfly Garden

Guides to butterflies that may be found during the following months and where to look for them: 

Red-banded Hairstreak

American Lady

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Garden Docents and Garden Walks

Would you like to share your knowledge of butterflies and native plants with children? Contact Us to learn how to become a Garden Docent, or simply join us for a garden walk during the summer months.  Check the calendar for event details.

White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar

Butterflies of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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American Bumble Bee

Banded Hairstreak

Bell's Roadside-skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Cabbage White

Ceraunus Blue

Checkered White

Common Buckeye

Confused Cloudywing

Dion Skipper

Dorantes Longtail

Dun Skipper

Native Bee

Eastern Comma

Fiery Skipper

Frosted Elfin

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Gulf Fritillary

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Hoary Edge

Seven Spotted Lady Beetle

Large Orange


Laviana White




Long-Tailed Skipper

By Dale Clark

Mallow Scrub


Mexican Yellow

Ocola Skipper





Sleepy Orange

On verbena



Spring Azure

Summer Azure

Tailed Orange








Fritillary Caterpillar

Western Pygmy


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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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