I realize this is a departure from my usual birding posts but I thought it would be nice to post some the wonderful butterflies I came across during my recent trip to Texas. Neither words nor photos can truly capture the sheer numbers and variety of butterflies down there. There were butterflies everywhere. On the days after a cold front came through the butterflies were flying south from sunrise to sunset. You could not look into the sky and not see butterflies. The numbers are amazing. Butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors from Queens and American Snouts to Mexican Bluewings to Red Metalmarks. Here are a few of them.